I love Nuu-Muu's mission statement. It's a team of extraordinary women creating "flattering exercise dresses with the goal of empowering women to love themselves into action". Working with them, both on and off camera, feels good because they care about the human being wearing each dress.
Having coached hundreds of women away from body-shaming struggles, towards grace and gratitude for their own unique body. I am passionate about this subject. In fact I wrote a recent letter, in response to the documentary film called Embrace, speaking to the demons I believe we all wrestle with on one level or another. The letter is to myself. Because I want to remember where I have been, and how far I have come. I will teach it to my daughters and equip them with the tools to be compassionate. I'd like to share it with you, with the hope of lightening the often vanity-driven subject of "fitness" and creating a new dialogue. Enjoy!
Letter to Myself
"How dare you feel anything but grateful for your uniquely beautiful body.
Your body is a vehicle for an extraordinary life if you let it be.
Nourish it. Fine tune it. Play in it. Celebrate it.
Be fully alive inside of it. And fiercely protective of it.
You will not get another one.
Let your body be your vessel for joy.
Take courage, YOUR opinion is all that matters.
Your inner critic is the single greatest obstacle of personal fulfillment and peace.
Peace begins within.
Yourself first, so you may fully embrace others. Then inspire them to do the same.
Love yourself well.
YOU get to define what beauty is and how it looks.
You are beautiful. Because you are so much more than that.
The artistry of a life well lived is evident on all of us.
By the laugh lines on our face,
the scars on our skin,
the cellulite on our thighs,
the fullness of our curves,
the slightly askew direction of our life-sustaining nipples,
the stretch marks on our miraculous child-bearing belly,
the asymmetrical curve of our smiles,
the playful gaps in our teeth,
the warmth of our eyes,
the authenticity of our stride and the depth of our embrace.
Do not waste a single moment being at war with your body.
It is yours.
It is your home.
It is your friend.
It is your souls' mate.
It is your temple.
It is beautiful."