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Never trust a mirror,
For a mirror always lies,
It makes you think that all you're worth,
Can be seen from the outside.
Never trust a mirror,
It only shows you what's skin deep,
You can't see how your eyelids flutter,
When you're drifting off to sleep,
It doesn't show you what the world sees,
Where you're only being you,
Or how your eyes just light up,
When you're loving what you do,
It doesn't capture when you're smiling,
Where no-one else can see,
And your reflection cannot tell you,
Everything you mean to me,
Never trust a mirror,
For it only shows your skin,
And if you think that it dictates your worth,
It's time you looked within. -e.h.
Photos from my skin series, Deconstruction.

I’m tagging some of my friends in this BoPo community. We not only get along, we love and support each other, we chat over the phone and when we can, we meet up in person. We are each other’s biggest cheerleaders, as it should be! #bodypositivememes

I have been absolutely hating the gym. So much so, I can’t even face going to the gym to go to my dance class so you know what I’ve been doing instead?

Walking... a lot. And dancing, at home, alone. I LOVE dancing , always have. I don’t care that I can’t actually dance and I don’t care that I look like a goofball because I have so much damn fun! Who said you had to be good at something to enjoy it?

The best songs are the ones which are seriously empowering! This one is by Jadagrace and it’s called “My Rules” and Jadagrace is about female empowerment, just as much as her song is.

I found this song through Grey’s Anatomy @greysabc (you all know it’s my thing! That and anything @shondarhimes) and the lyric “my body, my rules” totally got my attention for very obvious reasons. I’m all about lyrics, it’s an instant mood booster and helps remind me of my purpose. It’s literal proof that you don’t need to work in body positivity to create change, using your craft to send a message is just as needed! So yes to more empowered women, you go Jadagrace @jadagrace #MyBodyMyRules #Ad

How much space do you take up in your relationships? When my therapist first asked me this question, I honestly didn’t know what the fuck to tell her. Taking up space is a complicated concept for me – well for all of us, I’d imagine. The pressure to minimize ourselves as women is overwhelmingly omnipresent – on a physical level, certainly, but also on an emotional one. For me, growing up in fat body (though I imagine this gets amplified 100x as we layer on additional intersections), I’ve spent the majority of my young adult life feeling like I had to compensate for my size by staying silent about any and all basic emotional asks. Instead, I served the emotional needs of others – being the confidant, the advice-giver, the outlet (read: receptacle) for external frustrations and sadness and vents. In many ways, doing this was strategic – a way for me to access value in a body deemed otherwise should go without. Attending to my own needs would mean jeopardizing feeling NEEDED – which, for a long time, was the best case scenario I thought my fat body would ever be able to hope for. The risks of being “selfish” – setting boundaries, saying no, voicing discontent, god forbid for a split second NOT being "chill” – were just too fucking high. In a fatphobic reality, having no needs at all was the best way I knew how to cope. But here’s the thing about needs guys: every single human being on this earth has them. You have needs. I have needs. WE ALL HAVE FUCKING NEEDS. And we deserve to have them – despite the myriad of ways this fucked up world will try to disempower us from making them known. A really shocking part of my recovery has been making the slow realization of how little I know about what my needs even are – 25 years of stifling them makes the thought of letting someone take care of me extremely uncomfortable. But asking this question – how much space am I taking up in my relationships? – is something I’m finding helpful. How much space do I take up in my relationship with my mom? My dad? My best friends? My ex-boyfriend? The answers are pretty revealing.

Do you ever have those moments where someone says "Wow, I never would have thought to put those things together!" That is how I felt when I put it on. Also this pose is called: I can't stand in heels... Why did I try? 📷: @the_huntswoman

Fierce Fat & IDGAF! 💋
shot by @mk.creative.studio // @missmadisonofficial

The little dude loves scary characters. Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, Chucky.
Babygirl isn't. They scare her.

Today we taught her how to defeat all of them.

This is how we'd handle Chucky. Because if a doll comes to life, he about to catch these hands.

And we will win. For we are extra flexible in leggings and can kick yo' face in.

Addicted to orange 🍊
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▪cropped hoodie from @forever21plus

I really don’t like the way mainstream feminism grapples with the concept of “taking up space.” This idea is positioned as one of the building blocks of women’s empowerment – refusing to perform the circus act known as “the incredible shrinking woman” that we’ve been conditioned historically to believe is our birthright to perfect. It’s no secret that from a very young age, there’s a cultural mandate placed on women to remain unflinchingly amenable and accommodating. To be feminine is to be small, contained, waifish and ephemeral – like ghosts for men to pass through. We’re taught to listen, not speak. Acquiesce, not assert. Take on the unpaid labor of emotionally managing all of those around us. We give and we give, trained to receive any form of reciprocation with saccharine levels of shock and gratitude. This is not a reality I’m refuting – but the solution mainstream feminism currently offers up for these practices of misogyny is in desperate need of work. We’ve all heard the rallying cries before: Be seen! Be louder! Get angry! Don’t settle! Reclaim the space that’s been stolen from you! But I’ll be honest guys, there’s something hollow about these kinds of exclamations that really fucking nags me. Because the truth is, the stakes of performing rebellious acts of space-taking are not the same for all of us. Being seen and being heard are acts of rebellion FAR safer for white, thin, cis-het, able-bodied women to perform than for women without access to these privileges (not to mention more well-received). For some of us, being seen and being heard comes with dangerous, life-threatening consequences – emotional violence, police brutality, domestic abuse, and political censorship to name a dominant few. Though I would never remotely claim that my growing up in fat body equates to lived experience with all of these risks, what I AM getting at is this: Does the concept of “taking up space” need to be thrown out? No. But does our current understanding of this concept haphazardly tow the boundary between reductive and harmfully non-intersectional lines of thinking? Absofuckinglutely. More on this to come tomorrow, but for now – what do you guys think?

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I will improve my ability to accept.

I’ve connected to yoga very easily- and I believed my mind body soul connection was being honored as much as possible, especially when my ED was telling me I shouldn’t go any deeper. @healwithanastasia said during her interview with @jflintwarrior for #FoodBodyLoveRally that those suffering from anorexia were able to access their spiritual side of recovery with more ease than the physical side of their recovery. I have these amazing tools in my practice to use to heal- now I must continue to convince my body. I want to know every detail of recovery before I face it, and this just won’t happen. So when I’m validated by a beautiful soul like Anastasia, when I hear that what I’m going through makes sense even though it doesn’t, I am even more hopeful. I love yoga. I love the spiritual aspect of the practice. And I’m not a fraud like I’ve feared, I’m not a fake or a dummy. I’ve been sick. I have to remember this. The physical facts. Because my soul knows so much, and is eager to learn more- my actions need to follow.

Addicted to orange 🍊
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▪cropped hoodie from @forever21plus

Rocking my (mostly) natural face was kind of harder than I expected today. Because my eyes were done up in makeup I felt incomplete not having that foundation, to hide behind. I didn't even realize I was using makeup to hide. Typically I view it as enhancing my natural features, but when my skin is flared up apparently I use it to hide. This revelation was kind of a downer for me. I thought myself stronger and further along in my self love journey than that. I still have a long way to go to be in love with every part of myself. So today I started with my skin. Piece by piece I will conquer this. >:) #bodypositive #selflove #antibullying #allbodiesaregoodbodies #nobodyshame #fatactivism #fatactivity #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #bopo #bodyposi #bodylove #imperfect #fatpeople #healthshaming #fatshaming #bopowarrior #fatbabe #fatpositive #radicalbodylove #legalizethunderthighs #celebratemysize #nobodyshamecampaign #bodyloveforall #bodylove4all #beautyisnotgeneric #Plussize #fatgirlscan #losehatenotweight

“I do so love my witches & wicked queens. I find myself drawn to feminine archetypes that previous generations have found threatening or dangerous: crones, oracles, madwomxn, amazons, virgins who aren’t helpless, bad mothers. I love to give the vagina dentata voice. It so rarely gets to speak for itself.” - Catherynne M. Valetne #fatbabe #fatspo #fatacceptance #fatlife #fatandpretty #fatgirlscan #effyourbeautystandards #fatgirlsrock #effyourbodystandards #fatgirlswinning #radicalbodylove #radicalselflove #chubbygirls #psblogger #chubbybabe #plussize #chubbybunny #plussizepretty #chubbycheeks #plussizeprincess #chubbyprincess #honormycurves #celebratemysize

This dress is the definition of whimsical. I love it so much. It really is everything I wanted it to be.
📷: @the_huntswoman

*Insert lyrics from the ChaCha Slide because apparently they're spam and get my post deleted* 😏😏😏😏😏

One of my favorite passages to read by Rolf Gates. Do you have a go-to inspiration? This one gets me every.single.time.

Everyone has their own incredible story in their life . The story and experience made us who we are today . We should be proud of ourself for what we have been through ,good or bad . The experience provided us with personal growth experience and learn the real meaning of life and what purpose we are here for -knowing and remembering who we really are and love ourself and others unconditionally. This is an unstoppable journey until we awaken .. "story is our way home " was mentioned by ophrah during the conversation that she had with brenebrown . This inspired me and therefore take this quote and posted it .
#satnam #gratitude #grateful #selfrespect #selfworth #unconditionallove #acim #authenticity #loveyourself #radicalselfcare #radicalbodylove #radicalselflove #theuniversehasyourback #awaken #poweroflove #愛自己#自我接納#活著多好 #活在當下 #無條件的愛 #kundaliniawakening #forgiveness #youonlyliveonce #acourseinmiracles #satnam

The wisest words I know.

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Dear women, young women, ladies, girls, and to my darling daughter, Haddley:

The most brilliant thing you can ever do in this life is to LOVE YOURSELF.

Start from the inside, and embrace your differences, your uniqueness.

Care for yourself and your heart.

Your heart should always define you as a person.

Love others without any regard of how they love you, because you know you already treat yourself as #1.

Don’t worry about what that kid at school said to you; it reflects their heart, not yours. Stay pure and true to yourself, and love them for their uniqueness any way.

Find a man to marry who will kiss the ground you walk on and be sure to do the same for him.

Embrace the hard times, when you become a mother and have young children running around wild and free, when you feel like you can’t wash one more dish or fold one more item of clothing. Learn to find joy in those times. And find a husband who will be joyful with you in those times.

Learn to walk by Faith, and accept the ever rolling tides and changes of life.

Remember how strong you are and that you are capable of achieving so much more than you ever imagined.

Don’t just seize each opportunity, CHARGE them.

Don’t make yourself a victim.
And don’t try so hard to be a hero.
Just be yourself.
Be kind.
Love others.
Be humble.

Don’t allow money to have influence over you, it’s just paper. It has no control over you and what you can do.

Find a job that makes you happy, something that fulfills you and something you look forward to every day.

Ketones>Glucose.

Don’t lose yourself to boredom or to the weekends.

Move for fun.
Dance like everyone’s watching.
Be wild.

And always remember: Sometimes when we think we need the sun the most, God sends the rain. In those times, raise your hands into the sky and play in the rain, and give thanks for the ability to do so! . . . . .
My post pregnant body is bigger than it’s been in a long while, and I’ve never loved myself more. I’m embracing motherhood, and all of the love and craziness that goes along with it. ❤️❤️❤️ #loveyourbody #loveyourself #healthymindhealthybody #positivebodyimage #radicalbodylove #momlife #mom #partyoffive #momofthree

Photos from my YTT journey are mostly explicit in revealing my disorder. There are so few I see yoga in. I’ve spent this week pretty obsessed (angry) with my role in the culture of instayoga, beautiful asanas in beautiful settings- which most of the time are not real- in terms of health, timing, whatever it is. This photo felt real enough to me to edit to use as a promo for a chakra workshop I hosted a few weeks ago. This is photo is an example of how I’ll use this account. I see value in yoga as a healing practice. I see how social media can be a positive way to connect and support those looking to practice yoga in a recovery focused way. I will not post, nor follow, what triggers *me* here (and I realize I will do everything in the world to avoid triggering you, but sometimes I may. Please let me know in a respectful way if there is something I can be more mindful of) Let’s do this 💜

The little dude loves scary characters. Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, Chucky.
Babygirl isn't. They scare her.

Today we taught her how to defeat all of them.

This is how we'd handle Chucky. Because if a doll comes to life, he about to catch these hands.

And we will win. For we are extra flexible in leggings and can kick yo' face in.

It might be deer season, but I caught myself a little buddy instead.

He screams louder than whitetails.

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