Thứ Ba, 18 tháng 9, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For This Gift

Amy Poehler gives Smart Girls advice on how to feel better about their bodies. This advice reminded me of the 10-Day Body Challenge from last year. We were supposed to tell our bodies what we loved about them and focus on those thoughts. Not only should we feel grateful for what we have been given, but also to focus on what our bodies can do instead of what they look like. Going through these motions was a deeply personal examination of my blessings and how grateful I am for my health and strength. Russell M. Nelson said, When you sing “I Am a Child of God,” think of His gift to you of your own physical body. The many amazing attributes of your body attest to your own “divine nature.”"

I would encourage anyone looking for peace of mind about their body image to start here. It may be hard to focus on what you like at first after spending so long just thinking about what you don’t like - but I can tell you that it works. Learning to love your body is a process, and it is one that starts with your thoughts. Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” I think he’s completely right. If you need an example to get you started, I’ll give you an excerpt from my body gratitude journal entry.

“Dear body, Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for me. You bring me joy as I dance, with heavy tap shoes or leaping barefoot. I am grateful for my knees that bend without complaint as I walk to class. I am grateful for my small hands that can be held by my husband and nieces and nephews. I am grateful for my blue-green eyes that can see the mountains around me and the sunsets that remind me of home. I love that you never give up on me. Not when I was born premature, and not now as I push you to the limit when I run, think, and work. I will not put down this body, this gift - because it is the greatest gift that I have ever been given.”

I failed to introduce myself last week! How rude! If you’re going to be reading what I write, I think you should know a few things about me.

My name is Kristi (not Kristin or Christy). I am a recent graduate of BYU – in June I received my BS in Psychology with a minor in Family Life. A month and a half ago I married my best friend in the entire world. I grew up in the Southern suburbs of Chicago but spent my high school days living in New Mexico. I love painting, Yogurtland, and all things purple. I’m not your typical girlie-girl; I grew up with 3 older brothers, love baseball, and I don’t even own a blow dryer or hair straightener. But don’t let my jeans and t-shirt fool you; I’m a girl who cares about the issues.

I’m excited to be writing on this blog and I hope to write articles on topics that you care about and that will uplift you. If you have any suggestions or questions for me, feel free to comment or email me at

Have a great day, Kristi

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