Note to Self

photo by Jill E. Williams

Claim Your Care: A Challenge

Last week, I did cardiovascular exercise for the second time since August.  This from a woman who champions self-care and who identifies moving her body as one of the best, most vital ways I enjoy caring for myself. You see, I upped my teaching load this semester- jumped from teaching one class to three.   And […]

Making time for a time margin

Making time for a time margin

This semester, I am fortunate to be partnered through a mentoring program with a thoughtful, funny college senior who is interested in writing.  I find in these programs that the mentoring relationship is really two-way (or maybe even skewed a little bit more my way as in I get a bit more mentoring out of […]

Note to Self

Note to Self

Today is my last body image class of the semester.  It’s also the end of National Poetry Month.  At the end of each semester, I begin to panic.  Did I teach my students enough?  Did I empower them?  Can they let go of ridiculous standards and appreciate themselves for the beautiful, amazing people that they […]

Blast from the past: How Can I Begin to Love Myself Again

So, I was looking for an old blog post to find the name of a book tonight when I came across this blog post originally published on November 23, 2008- which is one of my most read blog posts (as it turns out, people enter How Can I Begin to Love Myself in search engines […]

photo by Jill E. Williams

Reorganizing myself

The other day I dreamt that I joined the Army (I am an Army brat so maybe that’s not so terribly out of left field in my subconscious brain) and that the Army then called me to tell me that I had 18 hours to deploy to Iraq.  It then seems my dream lasted those […]

nothing prepares you...

nothing prepares you…

Nothing prepares you for the emotionally painful part of parenting.  For when life is hard for your little one and you cannot just inhabit his body and make choices that would make it easier.  For the worry that accompanies you even when he’s sleeping, or playing thoughtfully next to you, or in your arms crying, […]

Read the book, don't drive fast, and other advice

Read the book, don’t drive fast, and other advice

 Yesterday’s blog post provoked some great additional advice for young women (and men, really) from readers.  Here it is and feel free to add to it!  No matter how fun it seems…DON’T DRIVE FAST!  – Laura Listen to your mama!!!- Brenda You’ll learn a lot more about yourself by listening to you, not to the […]

Emceeing Mr. Spring Valley 1991

Take the pie in the face

When I was visiting my parents this weekend in South Carolina, I came across a video that made me pause.  In my dad’s neat script up the side of the tape, it says Mr. Spring Valley 1991, Rosie Emcee.  I lifted the video off the shelf and put it in my bag, a touch of […]

Love Your Body (and win loot)

Love Your Body (and win loot)

Love Your Body Day is Wednesday, October 20th, and my goal is to get ALL of you to sign a pledge to be your own body champion.  Below, you’ll find The Body Warrior Pledge that I drafted two years ago and is featured on Day 2 of Beautiful You. Pledge your desire to champion yourself by […]

What are your hopes?

What are your hopes?

On Day 1 of the Beautiful You journey, I pose these questions:  What are your hopes- personally and for the world- with regard to body image and beauty perception?  How can you begin to live your hopes today?  I am taking the BY journey, too, and my answer, in part, was… I want to feel […]