Needed some inspiration for todays yoga session and turned to one of my favorites here on tumblr. big-gal-yoga to me represents everything that I want to be in my yoga practice: Brave, strong and beautiful! I don’t know if you know how much I adore you :) Joined the july challenge way to late, but here are the first nine days. Lots of light and love

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1) You are allowed to take up space. You are a human.

2) You are allowed to have a voice.

3) You are allowed to leave whenever you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

4) You deserve more than someone who doesn’t know how to respect you.

5) You are allowed to put your own needs first.

6) You are allowed to love yourself.

6:11 p.m. (Six reminders for bad times)

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Be with someone who you don’t have to hide from, in any way. Whether it’s your morning face before you’ve put your make up on, an embarrassing story to tell about something that happened on your way home, or an ambition you’ve had since you were six… make sure you end up with someone who knows all of it and still loves you. A person you can tell your whole life to is a person worth spending a life with.


Love Your Body By: Sunny Yogi

Like most people out there, I used to be the biggest critic of myself. Whenever I looked in the mirror I would complain about the size of my thighs, the pudginess of my belly, the stretch marks covering my butt and my legs, etc (I think you get the point).  I was so negative about my body that that I just completely gave up on trying to take care of it.  I didn’t eat healthy, I barely worked out, and mentally I was just a mess. Luckily, for me that is the past now.

At this point of my life, I can confidently say that I do love my body.  Do I look like a Victoria Secret Model? Nope. However, I’m healthy and I’m happy and I no longer strive for unrealistic beauty standards that I could never get too unless I starved myself.  I wrote this to not only share my story of my journey into loving my body but to give others advice on how they can love their body as well.  

Every body is different. Realizing that everyone has a different body type is an important step of getting rid of the negative thoughts in your mind. Some people are able to lose weight super fast, or are just naturally skinny, whereas some people are able to gain weight super fast or are naturally big. Whatever body type you have, embrace it. Don’t try to starve or binge yourself to try to achieve a certain body type that might genetically be impossible for you to get to! 

Stop comparing yourself to the people around you. You may know someone such as a friend or a colleague or even someone famous you look up to, that has a “perfect” body.  When you start comparing yourself with that person you completely lose focus of how beautiful and lovely your body really is.  Understand too that that person you’re comparing yourself to might have a completely different body type than you or he or she might be struggling with their own self esteem as well. “Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique and define just how special we are.”

It’s okay to be skinny it’s okay to be fat.  What really matters is that you’re healthy.  Do you get enough food into your diet? Do you workout? Do you get enough rest? 

Change takes time. Don’t get discouraged if you’re trying to lose/gain weight and you don’t see results right away. Things take time! Be happy with your progress and your results, appreciate the responsiveness of your body :)

Don’t be your biggest critic. When you are standing in front of a mirror what’s the first thing that pops up in your head? For me, I often criticized how large my thighs were or how pudgy my belly looked.  Try to turn those negative thoughts into positive thoughts.  Yes, my thighs are large but they are muscly and strong :) Yes, my stomach is pudgy but at least I got to eat things that are delicious and yummy! Having a positive attitude can really change the way you start to look at yourself! 

Be happy. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy life.  Your body is yours and by having a body you’re able smile, explore, and just enjoy life.  Appreciate all of your muscles, all of your fat, all of your scars, all of your bones, and all of you.  Next time you’re standing in front of a mirror smile and tell yourself that you love yourself. We often forget the importance of loving, appreciating and taking care of our body.

"People often say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves." Salma Hayek

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Official Green Tea Smiles Luxury Giveaway #2

How to win:

- Must be following me here

- Must subscribe to my YouTube channel here

- You can reblog as many times as you want (2 reblogs = 1 entry)

- Must have your ask open (so I can message you when you win)

- Cannot be a pro-harm blog

- Bonus: you can message me ONCE a week, for 10 extra entries

- Bonus: you can follow my instagram: calibarnard for 10 extra entries

What you win:

- Three Hollister Body mists

- Work out shorts (m) and top (s) and VOSS water bottle

-  Tiffany Key Diamond necklace and Tiffany Double Heart tag necklace

- Celine Paris shirt (m)

- Dior Addict lip gloss

- Black Micheal Kors bag and wallet

All the products in total are worth over £800 and will be ALL YOURS.

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, I will also pay for shipping.

This giveaway will END 1st of August 2014!

Please message me if you are reblogging with an account separate to your main account you follow with, also message me the name of your instagram if you follow IF you haven’t linked your tumblr to it. 

Winner must reply within 3 days of being messages, if they don’t a new winner will be drawn. I will be using to choose the winner, so please do not message me asking me to pick you!

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It’s okay to eat over your daily intake goal. Hell, it’s okay to triple it!!

But don’t eat less the next day.

Your body CAN handle extra calories. It will keep your metabolism up and firing.

So don’t worry. You had your big day, now go back to eating clean and healthy and ENOUGH like you usually do.

You are a star.

Ok but seriously it’s really nice seeing this right now. I hope it can help others too 💗

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"That’s What She Said - Beauty And Body Image"

She said “you have a beautiful body." And I could not comprehend the words. It was the first time in my entire life I had ever heard these words placed together and directed at me. When I’m confused, I take big ideas and break them into smaller pieces to make them fit my world, into "You have a beautiful body." You meaning me, Natalie Patterson, daughter of Joe Frank and Lynn, meaning mid-west american black girl with skin and eyes light enough to confuse her own kind, meaning my own kind don’t recognize me. “You have a beautiful body.” Have implies ownership, meaning I, Natalie Patterson own something I never paid for, meaning some things are free, meaning I didn’t earn it so I don’t know the value of it, might abuse or take it for granted. “You have a beautiful body.” A meaning one. Meaning I, Natalie Patterson own a single thing, one irreplaceable thing that does, indead, die. “You have a beautiful body.” Beautiful meaning pleasing or satisfying, meaning I am appealing and desirable. I didn’t know that. I’ve always been pretty with a “…but”, if you’re only attached, never been just beautiful, stated as fact. “You have a beautiful body.” Body meaning physical structure, a place the spirit is heald in and I have never even held my lovers long enough to be good at it. “You have a beautiful body.” So I repeat these words until I’m no longer reluctant, I repeat these words. “I have a beautiful body. I have a beautiful body. I have a beautiful body.” Until ownership becomes a priviledge, until this skin becomes a perfect home, weathered and worn over time, a perfect home who’s walls I know well, who’s staircase and old floors creak. My favourite song. I am my own favourite song that I’m now just learning all the words to but I wanna sing you. I wanna sing you ‘til the song sticks. I have a beautiful body. Period.”

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Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.
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to all my new followers. buns


to those who have stayed. buns


to those who unfollowed. bunsimage

to those who see this and then follow. buns


doesnt matter.


everyone gets buns


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Having an anxiety disorder is like that moment where your chair almost tips or you miss a step going down the stairs but it never stops






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