Although summer isn’t over, obviously, and self-love is not a warm weather exclusive, today is the final installment of our season long Summer Of Self-Love series! In case you missed anything or need to catch up — we covered SO much — here are the perfectly glowy highlights.
Body insecurities, inner appraisers, forgotten confidence mantras, and bikinis, the Summer of Self-Love kicked off with What *Not* To Do At The Beach, a memoir of sorts. Here’s an excerpt:
Regardless of your own unique style, the reality of summer attire is that, in general it tends to be rather naked. Which, if you have a body (since you’re reading this, we assume you do), then you know — (and I know) — that despite the chill vibes summer is *supposed* to bring, it can, and often does, run a series of zero-chill criticisms, body-image insecurities, and tremendously toxic thoughts down the spine.
“She is soooo skinny!”
“I wish I looked like that!”
"Well at least I don't look like her." (I know, terrible.)
I wish I could get back all the time and energy I've spent (and continue to spend) appraising my “flaws” and how I measure up against my delusionary idea of “perfect.”
I know that the idea of a "perfect” body is an outrageously toxic social construct.
I know how blessed I am to have a body that does (mostly) everything I ask of it.
I know that your body is YOUR body and my body is MY body, and I know that despite what the media tells us, our bodies are not objects to be judged. But this idea, that our bodies are objects to be judged, is so deeply engrained in our psyches it’s incredibly difficult to stop. | Read more →
Followed by How to Actually Enjoy Your July Long Weekend, or any other weekend of the year. A guest post by Little Fool Book.
And we cannot forget the divine intersection of self-love and alchemy. Read:
Self-love is not linear or a straightforward point A to point B type of trajectory. It’s more like an ongoing, expansive, alchemy-esque process. It’s a journey that takes time, practice, and patience. It can be messy, and hard, and frustrating at times. (What kind of transformation isn’t?) When you’re in it, it can feel nearly impossible, but when you’re on the other side, it feels a whole lot like magic. | Read more →
Up next in the SOSL series, self-love in it’s most delicious (and nutritious) form. How to treat your body with love and respect by nourishing it from the inside out.
Speaking of nourishment, we dished 14 Summer Essentials For The Spirited Nutritionista. Mind, body, AND soul food. Update: We’re keeping screen free Fridays.
Plus, one of my favorite people in the world made a cameo! Meet Stephen, my longtime BF. He happens to be full of wisdom, useful insights, and also the chillest human I’ve ever met. Here he is with 9 Actionable Steps You Can Take, Like Today, To Be More Chill, Reduce Your Stress, And Cultivate Your Own Inner Calm.
And finally, because Summer Scaries are REAL…
If you’re obsessing over what you did and didn’t do this summer and the pressure to take up horseback riding, learn French, bike 200 miles, host a potluck, and cross out everything else on your endless summer to-do list is weighing on you, good news! Summer is not over. It never has to end. | Keep reading → 8 Easy Ways To Extend Your Summer Vacation.
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