Even supermodels have some features of which they are not fond. Every woman I have ever worked with, no matter how beautiful and seemingly perfect, wanted to change something or even a few things about her appearance. The trick to being content with your body is to focus on your best features while playing down the least favorite bits. Celebrate more and criticize less.
Postmenopausal women almost always acquire a thicker waistline. My inverted triangle shape is no exception. I also have a flat behind and an ample bust, but my thighs are slender, so you can see why I almost always wear a simple top with a low neckline and slim-fitting pants. If I wear a knee-length dress or pants with full legs and a crew neck top, I look fifteen pounds heavier because I have covered my best physical features.
Another example is the apple-shaped body; the most narrow part of the torso is likely just beneath the bustline. If the apple-shaped body wears a loose-fitting top, she will look heavier because she has concealed the most slender area.
Today, my photos show a typical look for a stay at home makeup-free day. Those days are precious and rare for me. One day out of a hundred might allow me to stay home alone and focus on thoroughly cleaning, organizing, rearranging, or putting some area of my home in order. To be alone and free of professional and social responsibilities for a few hours is pure bliss for me. I am by nature a solitary creature, but there is a downside to spending too much time alone. It is possible to slip into negative self-talk, playing back every unpleasant thing you ever did or said in your life and beating yourself up for something that is in the past. You can’t change the past by robbing joy from the present.
The conversations you have with yourself, manifest the life you have. I practice keeping good posture, maintaining a small smile on my face, and I always think about how much I treasure the life I have now. Words of affirmation that we speak to ourselves are the most powerful voice we will ever hear. “I am enough.” “Let it go.” “I bring all the things I need to me.” Louise Hay famously said, “All I seek is already within me.” More of her daily affirmations are here.
My super-comfy sweatshirt is by Focus via Shop My Fair Lady. The jeans are about four years old from Chico’s. The slides are a couple of years old by Sofft. Similar shoes here.
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