If I asked you what you are thankful for right now…what would you say?
Would you say you are thankful for your health? Your family and friends? Your job or the view from your bedroom window?
All of those and more, I would imagine. We’re grateful for our kids and for our family pets and for flannel pajamas on cold winter nights. We thank the Universe for our coffee in the morning and our soft pillows at night. We thank the internet for existing and allowing us a creative outlet in whatever area of social media we’ve taken as our own path.
We are thankful for many things, even on the worst days. Those are the days nothing in the closet fits us right and we are so very cognizant of our battles with food, body, and self-image issues. We binge. We starve. We wish we were less. We want to be more.
We feel alone when we aren’t on those days, and with Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s time for us to take just a moment to honor ourselves and our bodies … just the way they are … in a joint #BodyLove twitter party (November 25, 9-10 p.m. EST). I’m honored to have teamed up with the incredibly kick-ass August McLaughlin for this event and hope you are just as excited as we are.
So who are we, exactly? Allow us the pleasure of introducing ourselves via third-person bios, because that’s who we writers like to exercise our license to be eccentric. It’s okay. We’re good with that, too.
August McLaughlin is a Los Angeles-based health and sexuality writer with articles featured regularly by LIVESTRONG.com, DAME Magazine, Healthy Aging magazine, IAmThatGirl and more. She’s also an internationally recognized certified nutritionist with specializations in eating disorders and sports nutrition. Before completing her first novel, In Her Shadow, she worked in the fashion, film and wellness industries, wearing hats ranging from Parisian runway model to culinary coach. Considering her longstanding passion for thrillers, she wasn’t surprised when her attempt at a memoir turned quickly into a fictional tale of suspense. August is represented by Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and loves connecting with fellow writers and readers! Learn more about August here.
Pauline Campos is founder of Girl Body Pride, a site born from the single realization that it was her actions and her words that will determine how her own daughter will see herself in the mirror as she grows more aware of the world outside of fairy tales and princesses. She also makes it a point to speak out on Girl Body Pride regarding the constant barrage of celebrity weight gain articles to hit the press. A former newsroom journalist with gigs at community newspapers before working at The Detroit News, Pauline is a regular contributor to 30SecondMom.com and has been featured on various websites. She blogs at www.aspiringmama.com, is Latina Magazine’s #dimelo advice columnist, and shares her insight on the NPR Latino USA show in an advice segment called #LatinoProblems. Read more about Pauline here.
Details are still being finalized, so stay tuned. August and I will be posting updates on our blogs and via our social media channels as we confirm sponsors. For now, though, I can let one little piece of fabulous slip. BlogHer Deputy Editor Rita Arens, author of The Obvious Game (Inkspell, 2013), and an eating disorder survivor, has agreed to take part in the #BodyThanks discussion. Arens also has graciously offered a signed copy of her young adult novel – about a young girl’s changing world and the eating disorder with which she tries to control the uncontrollable — to one lucky #BodyThanks participant. Please be sure to stop by Arens’ blog, Surrender Dorothy.
You can thank us later.
Let’s get this party started!
Spread the word, share the link, and let’s get #BodyThanks trending together. The holidays are difficult on those with body image, self-esteem, and eating disordered thinking (both active & recovering). Share the #BodyThanks love and we can join each other in a kick-ass show of support. Simply copy and paste this link to tweet, Facebook, pin, tumble, & Google + the #BodyThanks event for all it’s worth!
We’d love to see you on Monday. Stop by Aspiring Mama for the original post to register for prizes. Let’s make some #BodyThanks noise!