I want to introduce you (or for Body Image Revolutionaries, re-introduce) you to the delightful work of a woman I so admire.
She is an artist and high-school teacher. She has spent countless hours nurturing and counselling teenage girls around body image issues – and let’s face it, it’s almost normal for our teens to be living with these painful issues every day. (Every study over the last five years that’s looked into teenage girls and their concerns has identified that body image is their number one issue.)
And it’s not just teenagers – we older women have been living with this distorted view of female bodies for decades.
To bring some balance into the picture she started drawing what she was speaking.
The result is a delightful book of luscious, every day drawings and short descriptions of typical body situations.
and the words:
Practice saying this until you believe:
I am a strong confident woman.
Whatever your size,
whatever your shape,
or your position in life:
and remain focused.
Learn from your failures
and remain determined.
Believe in your strengths
and be empowered.
Become the strong, confident woman of your dreams!
This is just one of dozens of powerful, empowering, messages from this talented artist and writer.
Her name is Elizabeth Patch. I interviewed her on series one of The Body Image Revolution and her words filled my heart and those of the nearly 3000 women who listened in. I’m a ridiculous fan and I think everyone should at least sign up for her blog, and buy her book.
Seriously – it’s the kind of book you can dip into any day and find just the you-affirming message you need to see.Her images and words help to counteract all the not-good-enough messages that will cross your awareness today.
This lovely little pocket-sized book is the best thing you’ll do for your confidence all day, I promise!