As a child, you felt comfortable in your skin. Your body was an instrument, an extension of your wholly unique mind and soul. You used it to take you where you were going, to express what you felt, to get things done. The world, for you, was hopeful and certainly not limited by the way you looked. But then, somewhere on the way to adulthood, something shifted. Your sense of your own brilliance faded. Your understanding of your own beauty dimmed. Your faith in your radiance wavered. Maybe it was the media that overwhelmed you. With instant access to information, with thousands of images shot at you every day, maybe your digested and internalized too much of the scrutiny. Maybe it was an unintended slight that stung you or a comment that someone delivered flippantly that you have held onto forever. Maybe it was not being chosen for this or being ignored by them, maybe it was a loss so significant that it still seems like your soul is empty from it. Maybe it was the way your body matured into adulthood that felt like a betrayal, or the way that it didn’t. Whatever it may have been that stole away your understanding of your inner and outer brilliance, Beautiful You is the book that will help you get that feeling back.
In October 2010, Seal Press published Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance. In Beautiful You, readers discover 365 ways to shore up their confidence, encourage self-awareness, and get reacquainted with their beautiful, brilliant selves. Drawing on self-awareness, mind-body, and practical techniques, Beautiful You is an action plan to give women what they need to champion and fully live their own lives, coaching them into the most extraordinary- and necessary- habit of treating their whole selves well. Part personal essay, part action and empowerment guide, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance is a practical and inspirational tool for realizing a healthy self-image through championing one’s own emotional and physical well-being.
Regain Your Inner Brilliance, One Day at a Time
In Beautiful You, Rosie Molinary guides women, of all ages, through one year of daily self-acceptance
According to a recent report published by the YWCA, 80 percent of women in the United States say they’re unhappy with their appearance. But as children, statistics tell us those women felt comfortable in their skin; then, their bodies were considered treasured instruments—endlessly expressive, valued, and adored—and their world was not limited or dictated by their looks.
What happened on the way to adulthood? When did your confidence fade? Whether it was the media that overwhelmed you, an unintended slight that stung you, or the way your body matured (or didn’t), Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance (Seal Press/ $16.95/ October 2010) by Rosie Molinary will help you regain the self-esteem that you once possessed.
Too often, women believe that they will finally be content when their bodies change in some way; in actuality, they’ll be content only when their minds change—when they give themselves the permission and the tools to be content. In Beautiful You, Molinary provides 365 ways to shore up confidence, encourage self-awareness, and get reacquainted with the beautiful, brilliant you that you’ve been neglecting. Part personal essay, part action and empowerment guide, Beautiful You is a practical and inspirational tool for realizing a healthy self-image by championing one’s own emotional and physical well-being. With daily entries that will inspire readers to find their voice, stop critical conversations, and embrace themselves fully, Beautiful You gives readers the encouragement and instruction they need to change their lives.
News & Reviews
Women are sick of the same tired, stale body image advice. Don’t tell us to ‘Slick on some sexy red lipstick’ or ‘Spend a day at the spa’ – we need real, functional tips that can help us break out of a bad body image day. Rosie Molinary answers our call in Beautiful You: Her ideas are inspired, creative, and totally doable, with many carrying a trickle-down effect to the younger generation of girls. With the first day of reading it, my copy was thoroughly dog-eared and I can’t wait to employ Tip #39 this January, when I ask my husband and best friend to write a body image-based New Year’s resolution for me.—Leslie Goldman, Author, Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the “Perfect” Body (Da Capo, 2007)
As I read Rosie Molinary’s Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance, I found myself marking the pages that contained body image wisdom that really resonated with me. Guess what? By the time the book was finished, I’d marked more than half the pages! Molinary has done a fabulous job of offering practical and doable advice to help women see — and appreciate — themselves in a whole new way, and to realize that a healthy body image is about so much more than what we think we see in the mirror. I’m giving this book my ultimate seal of approval — I’m handing it off to my 14-year-old daughter. —Dara Chadwick, Author, You’d Be So Pretty If: Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies — Even When We Don’t Love Our Own (Da Capo, 2009)
In this book of daily readings directed at young women, educator Molinary (Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina) offers tools and resources for personal empowerment. Molinary’s work stems from her belief that each woman should develop her own positive self- image independent of popular culture. Some readings are a single paragraph, others continue beyond a page. Throughout, she uses examples from her own life and includes exercises for writing in a “Beautiful You Journal.” In her introduction, Molinary stresses that though there is no single right way to read through this book, doing the exercises is important for learning. She also gives guidelines for sharing experiences in dyad (friend, mentor, mother, or daughter) and group settings. VERDICT Although the readings are designed with young women in mind, this book can help foster self-confidence and positive body image for all women, and it should appeal to all ages.—Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA for Library Journal, October 2010
On Day 1 of Rosie’s daily guide, she tells you that her journals kept her honest: “what I wrote, I did.” The following 364 entries offer ideas and guide you through getting “better in touch with your own brilliance.” Beyond body acceptance, this book is full of affirmations and inspiration. – Margaret Pilarski, Skirt!
In the Media
Beautiful You was selected as the Best Body Positive Book of 2010 as part of the Nourishing the Soul Awards.