A blog that I recently stumbled upon was writing about a book called "Daring Greatly" and posted this picture of one of its pages.
It struck me so deeply when I read it that I KNOW I have to read the book now. The line that stood out to me was this "Basically, we have to be willing to stay as small, sweet and quiet as possible, and use our time and talent to look pretty." Does that make you sick just reading it? Aren't we as women worth SO much more than our thinness and our prettiness? I think the reason this stood out to me so much is that lately I have been entirely too focused on those particular ideals. I have been, despite an abundance of physical exercise (umm, can you say triathlon?) unable to shed the baby weight that I gained from Gavin, and I have been slightly obsessed with this from time to time. The good news is, it's gotten me to be really healthy, although no thinner. Though I want to continue in my quest for healthy living, because it just feels good, I want to let go of my desire to fit some feminine ideal. What a waste of my mental and emotional energy! I am worth more than that and I am capable of more than that. So are all of us! I'm looking forward to reading this book.