I take great pride in my personal efforts to own my beauty. To accept and celebrate who I am today. Not who I was. Or who I might become. But me. Today.

But I do NOT love  my body. I accept it. I appreciate it. I lean on it. I favor some bits more than others. I try to own it. I will never change my physical self to meet someone else's idea of beauty. But as I listened to Taryn from Body Image Movement.speak last fall I realized something. She is passionate about women loving their bodies. Her message really resonated. But I realized I do not love my body. And I am not sure if I ever will.

I believe that I am more than my body size, shape or silhouette. I believe that my physical differences are what make me unique, and are not faults. I believe my body has allowed me to do so many extraordinary things in my life. I am thankful and grateful everyday for my body. I embrace the body that I have been given. But I do NOT love it. It creaks. It bloats. It complains when I try new things. In short it is ageing right along with me. And it is doing GREAT. But I do not love it.

What I DO love is my:

  • laugh... usually full belly hallway resounding laugh
  • ability to laugh at myself. .. usually after I have spilt something on myself in a very public way
  • laugh lines. .. see #1
  • grey streak... it is unique, layered and quirky - just like me.
  • style. .. which is a continual work in progress
  • love of reading... I am still that little girl taking a stack of books out of the portable library
  • growth as a writer. .. another continual work in progress
  • curves... I learnt to embrace these early on
  • flexibility. .. I may not be able to spin (on ice) with my foot up near my head any more, but my flexibility will serve me well as I age
  • son... who was born of my body.

But the idea of FULL ON love for my body escapes me. And I am okay with that.

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A few months ago I fell in love with these Rosy Hopeful Fluevog boots, as seen below modelled by my friend Gwen. Casual ankle boots are on my "want" list. I would say "need" but looking at how many pairs of shows are in my closet, I don't think I can make that leap. But […]

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On January 14, 2010 I my style blogging adventure. Five years later I am still blogging about my lessons, adventures and evolution in style after 40. The landscape has changed in 5 years. When I started there were only a handful of 40+ style bloggers. Now I am part of a bustling community of ladies […]

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This is the time of year I start to empathize with snakes that get to shed their skin – because they get to shed their dry skin all in one go. Whereas I seem to leave a trail of dry skin everywhere I go from November through to March (if I am lucky). My body […]

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I hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous holiday. I am enjoying some well deserved downtime with my family. What I love most about a holiday is the chance to do some reading. I finally downloaded the library reading app onto my phone this year. I have what a large phone (Samsung Note) which is a decent size […]

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Like many of you I am busy getting ready for Christmas.  As usual, I am trying to avoid the mall as much as possible. I am trying to buy local, buy used, upcycle or DIY. I will admit to making a few visits to the LEGO store and Marshalls. But most of our Christmas is more of the […]

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Last week I had a free afternoon to try and do a bit of holiday runaround. I did a few errands and visited the Commercial Street Open House. I picked up a few goodies from Lunapads, some for my stocking, some not. And then I visited Trout & Co, where I had a great chat […]

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This week is BC Buy Local Week. I know I am a bit late publishing this, but you still have the weekend to participate and buy local. I love shopping local because it supports the local economy and usually results in a more unique gift than something bought at a chain store at the mall. So […]

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Looking for a great non-toxic stocking stuffers. Check out Rocky Mountain Soap Co. This Canmore, Alberta company just opened a new location at Metropolis for Metrotown. I checked the new store out earlier this week. I love their toxic free vision and how open and authentic they are about what 100% natural means to them. Because all natural […]

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We had a record 10 days of sunshine on the west coast this November. It was perfect weather to bundle up and walk along the beach.  As we get back into the rain, I thought I would post these beach shots so I can remember the sunshine. My niece visited BC earlier this month so […]

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