This is a place of encouragement, a place to discuss body image, insecurities, self-esteem, and everything under the umbrella of fighting self-hate and finding self-love.

No matter what you look like, what color, what gender, sexual orientation, what size or however many "flaws", healthy, not healthy, working on it, abled, disabled, we are all human, we all deserve to be happy, we all deserve to love ourselves. With this blog you will see all kinds of REAL bodies, REAL people, REAL stories.

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Having a good body image has always (for me) been about health. But not about health in the ordinary sense (only eat this and that, exercise so and so), no. Healthy choices for me. This means taking an extra piece of cake every once in a while. It means staying home from school sometimes, just to drink tea and relax. Sometimes it means giving my all at the gym, while other times it means not going at all. Health is subjective and different for everybody. Having a good health helps me with my mental health, and it gives me the energy to focus on the positive aspects of life. 
I try to assess these things so that I can treat myself right and give me the love I deserve. I am a fighter, I will always fight for the right to love yourself and to be comfortable in your own body. My journey has been long, and it isn’t over, but I am enjoying each step I take. I want to love mysefl, and I am getting there. Hope you are enjoying your journey too! 
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Having a good body image has always (for me) been about health. But not about health in the ordinary sense (only eat this and that, exercise so and so), no. Healthy choices for me. This means taking an extra piece of cake every once in a while. It means staying home from school sometimes, just to drink tea and relax. Sometimes it means giving my all at the gym, while other times it means not going at all. Health is subjective and different for everybody. Having a good health helps me with my mental health, and it gives me the energy to focus on the positive aspects of life. 

I try to assess these things so that I can treat myself right and give me the love I deserve. I am a fighter, I will always fight for the right to love yourself and to be comfortable in your own body. My journey has been long, and it isn’t over, but I am enjoying each step I take. I want to love mysefl, and I am getting there. Hope you are enjoying your journey too! 

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TW: depression, body hate, withdrawel
Sometimes I’m tempted into thinking that my body has betrayed me. So much has happened in the last two years that I hardly know where to begin…..but….
A little over two years ago I decided that I was going to finally quit an antidepressant that I had been taking for just shy of 20 years. The side effects were nasty right from the start, but I had stuck with it for so long because I felt I had no choice in the matter…..if you’re “sick” you take a pill I was told. Except that I was never truly sick. Merely sensitive to foods, stimulation, and bodily changes such as those experienced in puberty. I wanted off, out, clean. There was a problem with this however: Effexor lets no one go without a fight.
Initial withdrawal was like something out of a horror movie. I had tapered too quickly and was feeling it. I decided to go back on to make the withdrawals stop, but was surprised to find that reinstating made my symptoms worse. I had my doctor switch me to a low dose of Cymbalta. This seemed to please my body and within a week the physical pain and mental disturbances disappeared. Fast forward 6 months: my period was late by 1 month, lights and sounds were strangely intensified, I was experiencing a great deal of pain after eating and was always thirsty. I was bulimic at the time, but was in denial that this was the cause. I let my doctor convince me it was merely stress and that doubling my dose would help. MY BODY WENT NUTS over this. It was a surge of sudden activity too intense for my brain to withstand. Quitting did not help. Switching to another drug did not help. I began to breakdown physically after this….and rather quickly, too. I gained and lost 30 lbs twice for no apparent reason, my hormones stayed in menopause range for a full year, my skin dried out, broke out, and sagged, I lost most of my hair. Oh, and my brain is in outer space most days.
I want to hate my body. I want to ask why it is doing this to me. Then I remember: it is not intentionally hurting me. It was tricked into thinking that it needed a drug to function. It was poisoned and abused. It is confused and hurt. I must accept that. I must learn to love myself. Even if on most days I can barely recognize myself in the mirror. I am still here. I am fighting every day.
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TW: depression, body hate, withdrawel

Sometimes I’m tempted into thinking that my body has betrayed me. So much has happened in the last two years that I hardly know where to begin…..but….

A little over two years ago I decided that I was going to finally quit an antidepressant that I had been taking for just shy of 20 years. The side effects were nasty right from the start, but I had stuck with it for so long because I felt I had no choice in the matter…..if you’re “sick” you take a pill I was told. Except that I was never truly sick. Merely sensitive to foods, stimulation, and bodily changes such as those experienced in puberty. I wanted off, out, clean. There was a problem with this however: Effexor lets no one go without a fight.

Initial withdrawal was like something out of a horror movie. I had tapered too quickly and was feeling it. I decided to go back on to make the withdrawals stop, but was surprised to find that reinstating made my symptoms worse. I had my doctor switch me to a low dose of Cymbalta. This seemed to please my body and within a week the physical pain and mental disturbances disappeared. Fast forward 6 months: my period was late by 1 month, lights and sounds were strangely intensified, I was experiencing a great deal of pain after eating and was always thirsty. I was bulimic at the time, but was in denial that this was the cause. I let my doctor convince me it was merely stress and that doubling my dose would help. MY BODY WENT NUTS over this. It was a surge of sudden activity too intense for my brain to withstand. Quitting did not help. Switching to another drug did not help. I began to breakdown physically after this….and rather quickly, too. I gained and lost 30 lbs twice for no apparent reason, my hormones stayed in menopause range for a full year, my skin dried out, broke out, and sagged, I lost most of my hair. Oh, and my brain is in outer space most days.

I want to hate my body. I want to ask why it is doing this to me. Then I remember: it is not intentionally hurting me. It was tricked into thinking that it needed a drug to function. It was poisoned and abused. It is confused and hurt. I must accept that. I must learn to love myself. Even if on most days I can barely recognize myself in the mirror. I am still here. I am fighting every day.

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So this is me! 21 years old and working on my social work degree. 
Really working on loving every part of my body no matter what society tells me to believe. Believe me it is much harder said then done.  Its a journey and its definitely a fight but I will not give up. I can’t and will not ever give up on me! 
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So this is me! 21 years old and working on my social work degree. 

Really working on loving every part of my body no matter what society tells me to believe. Believe me it is much harder said then done.  Its a journey and its definitely a fight but I will not give up. I can’t and will not ever give up on me! 

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I’ve dealt with self-esteem issues for a really long time. Normally, I am very self-conscious and insecure about my size. I am a 12-14 and a DD cup in US sizes, and finding clothes that fit right, look good, and don’t aggravate my sensory problems (a result of Asperger’s, but that’s a story for another day) can be a very difficult and soul-crushing process for me. I have a lot of insecurities about how I look in clothes and how my face looks with my glasses most of the time, so I usually hide my body. 
Saturday night, I went to a party with my floormates. My first one, actually. I don’t dress up very much, and I almost never wear makeup or have my hair down. I’m usually wearing a shirt from the guys’ section, yoga pants, and a hoodie, and my hair is in a bun. That night, though, I got to doll myself up with some dark eye makeup and a cute top that I borrowed from one of my floormates. I felt really good about how I looked, so I took this selfie. I usually am not the type to take selfies, but I’ve heard that they can be a self-esteem boost, and I think I achieved that. I’ve been trying to love my curves for a long time, and I think this picture is a step in the right direction for me. 
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I’ve dealt with self-esteem issues for a really long time. Normally, I am very self-conscious and insecure about my size. I am a 12-14 and a DD cup in US sizes, and finding clothes that fit right, look good, and don’t aggravate my sensory problems (a result of Asperger’s, but that’s a story for another day) can be a very difficult and soul-crushing process for me. I have a lot of insecurities about how I look in clothes and how my face looks with my glasses most of the time, so I usually hide my body. 

Saturday night, I went to a party with my floormates. My first one, actually. I don’t dress up very much, and I almost never wear makeup or have my hair down. I’m usually wearing a shirt from the guys’ section, yoga pants, and a hoodie, and my hair is in a bun. That night, though, I got to doll myself up with some dark eye makeup and a cute top that I borrowed from one of my floormates. I felt really good about how I looked, so I took this selfie. I usually am not the type to take selfies, but I’ve heard that they can be a self-esteem boost, and I think I achieved that. I’ve been trying to love my curves for a long time, and I think this picture is a step in the right direction for me. 

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Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult women, Parallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.
Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  
What can I do?
In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.
You can also get directly involved in several different ways.
Submissions:
Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.
Features:
We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:
Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
Feminist activist collectives
Feminist community groups
Independent feminist films
Feminist zines
Events:
If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.
I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…
To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
Sponsor us or partner up with us:
If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!
To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!

Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. 
Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult womenParallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.

Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  

What can I do?

In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.

You can also get directly involved in several different ways.

Submissions:

Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.

Features:

We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:

  • Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
  • Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
  • Feminist activist collectives
  • Feminist community groups
  • Independent feminist films
  • Feminist zines

Events:

If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.

I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…

To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Sponsor us or partner up with us:

If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!

To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com 

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!



chubby-bunnies:

hello!! i am a US size 16-18 and i have only recently started to slowly love my body and try and spread body positive vibes around!

chubby-bunnies:

hello!! i am a US size 16-18 and i have only recently started to slowly love my body and try and spread body positive vibes around!

Trigger Warning: eating disorders
So ive wanted to do this for a long time, but I was scared. Scared of what people would think, say, feel. But I have a story to tell and I think its time I told it.
So my names Savannah, when I was 17 years old I developed Anorexia with Bulimic Tendencies, Through extensive counseling and a 58 day stay at a treatment center called Remuda Ranch I was able to curb my urges and get back to a healthy lifestyle. The bio in my blog is currently 10 months Eating Disorder free. But thats not true. Because while you mat not be partaking in behaviors, once this disease controlls you your never tuly free of it. BUT THATS NOT THE POINT!! The point is pushing past the voices, feelings, hurt, and negative thoughts. I will never be 100% free of Anorexia because through the hard times Ive been able to become someone new. Someone free! I also suffer from SH but its getting better and I dont partake in it anymore! My scars dont define me, they show me what I dont want to become again! Thanks for reading:)
- Savannah xx
follow me if youd like support in your journey back to a healthy life
http://daylight-shiningthrough.tumblr.com
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!!

Trigger Warning: eating disorders

So ive wanted to do this for a long time, but I was scared. Scared of what people would think, say, feel. But I have a story to tell and I think its time I told it.

So my names Savannah, when I was 17 years old I developed Anorexia with Bulimic Tendencies, Through extensive counseling and a 58 day stay at a treatment center called Remuda Ranch I was able to curb my urges and get back to a healthy lifestyle. The bio in my blog is currently 10 months Eating Disorder free. But thats not true. Because while you mat not be partaking in behaviors, once this disease controlls you your never tuly free of it. BUT THATS NOT THE POINT!! The point is pushing past the voices, feelings, hurt, and negative thoughts. I will never be 100% free of Anorexia because through the hard times Ive been able to become someone new. Someone free! I also suffer from SH but its getting better and I dont partake in it anymore! My scars dont define me, they show me what I dont want to become again! Thanks for reading:)

- Savannah xx

follow me if youd like support in your journey back to a healthy life

http://daylight-shiningthrough.tumblr.com

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!!

Buzzing my hair has been something which I have known for awhile that I would like to experience once in my life, but up until now I didn’t have the courage to go through with it. Finally I decided that the opportunity to cross this experience off my bucket list should not be denied to me because of my gender. I’m proud of myself for not letting society impose it’s definition of femininity on me and for having the confidence to let go of my figurative comfort blanket (my hair). I expect to be the subject of a lot of scrutiny, but I’m happy with my decision. I am a gorgeous, empowered woman… with or without hair (: Come visit me at onthepathtoserenity.tumblr.com
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Buzzing my hair has been something which I have known for awhile that I would like to experience once in my life, but up until now I didn’t have the courage to go through with it. Finally I decided that the opportunity to cross this experience off my bucket list should not be denied to me because of my gender. I’m proud of myself for not letting society impose it’s definition of femininity on me and for having the confidence to let go of my figurative comfort blanket (my hair). I expect to be the subject of a lot of scrutiny, but I’m happy with my decision. I am a gorgeous, empowered woman… with or without hair (:

Come visit me at onthepathtoserenity.tumblr.com

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!