May 18, 2015

IMWAYR: Fat Girl Walking

I was called out yesterday on Facebook by a sweet reader (hey there, Jill!) regarding my lack of recent posts. I have to admit, it's nice to know I was missed, and it was definitely the swift kick in the rear I needed to jump back into writing... and reading because I've been terrible about that too.

Since it's Monday (and the last one of this school year, I might add), I want to talk about a book. It's not one I've read yet, though I have been doing quite a bit of reading recently, but one that I KNOW will be on my favorites list when it's released TOMORROW.

Brittany Gibbons first popped up on my radar several years ago when I was introduced to her hilarious blog, Brittany, Herself (though back then she was known as the Barefoot Foodie). I found her honesty refreshing and her sense of humor spot-on!

I remember watching, my heart racing, as she stripped down to a bikini on stage during her TedX talk, and I knew in that moment that she was my hero. What I love most about Brittany is that she whole-heartedly believes that everyone deserves to feel beautiful and love their bodies exactly as they are. Today. Not after they lose the weight, but right now!

To that end, she has created a Curvy Girl army where 400+ women from every walk of life have come together to support each other. We talk about body image, careers, children, relationships, and even share funny memes (which you know I hoard for my monthly meme calendars). These women have become a sisterhood. They are a 24/7 support line (bonus points for reaching women all over the world so someone is always available to talk). Brittany is not just our mentor; she has become a friend.

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Be sure to grab a copy for yourself and maybe one for a friend, especially if that friend could use a reminder that she is worthy. ;)