Hey guys, apologies for going dark for so long! I have been abroad for some much needed rest and relaxation but now I am suitably destressed, I am back and ready to jump straight into blogging again. I returned from my holiday to find the latest Books That Matter UK book box on my door step, so what better way to get back into the routine of blogging again than a good old fashioned unboxing? What makes it even more perfect, is that this is the ‘Bodyposi box’ which is all about body positivity and self love. I spent a lot of time while I was away doing some self reflection and one of the things I know I need to work on is my attitude towards myself and my body.
I have never had the best relationship with my body, constantly picking flaws and issues, but this was made even worse after the birth if my daughter. Pregnancy and birth obviously change a woman body and we all enter this knowing that we will be transformed on the other side, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in big ways. But truthfully, nothing can prepare you for just how changed you are when you become a mother. I try to remind myself that the stretch marks, the lumps and bumps and the weight are trophies, something to wear with pride because they show I literally MADE a human being. I try to remind myself that they were all worth it to become a Mother and frankly I would happily have a lot worse if it meant I ended up with my daughter. But we all know, whether we are men or women, that it is far easier to listen to the negative voices than the positive ones. We compare ourselves to others, to friends or strangers or people online. I try to be more body positive, especially now I have a daughter of my own and I am constantly trying to tell her how perfect and beautiful she is in the hopes she does not develop the same issues.
Well I am here to say NO MORE! We are all beautiful no matter our size or skin colour or shape. Our imperfections are what make us us and I am moving forward with a new found determination to listen to that positive voice more and to shut out the negative one, to stop comparing myself to others and to love myself and my body a lot more! With that in mind, this box’s arrival was timed perfectly and I am so excited to show you guys what’s inside! And if you like the box, you can use MARIE10 to save 10% now!
First and foremost, this is a book box, so let’s take a look at this month’s read: Memoirs of an ex-prom queen by Alix Kates Shulman. This cult classic was originally published in 1972 and is renowned as one of the first feminist novels:
Sasha Davis has everything a girl in 1950s suburbia could want: beauty, intelligence and an all-star sports captain boyfriend. All she needs to succeed is to keep her skin clear and her intelligence hidden under her Prom Queen tiara.
But when she drops out of college to marry, Sasha soon realises her life has become a fearful countdown to her thirtieth birthday – the year when her beauty will have faded, and life as she knows it will end. As Sasha rebels against her fate, she finds herself experiencing an intellectual and sexual awakening that might be her only chance of outrunning the aging process.
I am surprised I’ve never heard of this one before so thank you to Books That Matter for introducing me to it. It is definitely soaring straight to the top of my TBR pile! Have any of you read this one? What did you think?
Alongside this badass book, we have a bunch of other goodies, including this stunning Bodyposi journal by Talk and Tell filled with writing prompts and exploration pages for self reflection and self love. The colours remind me of sweets or ice cream and send me all the summer vibes. This will be getting used daily. Next up, there is a pastel decal sticker from Lone Owl Studio which states,’Speak Kindly to yourself.’ Wonderful advice! This beauty can be placed on your mirror so you can remind yourself everyday to show yourself some love. There is also a gorgeous, bright bookmark with a body positive statement of each side and last but certainly not least, a set of self love cards by House of Wonderland. Each card has an affirmation which can be read aloud, or placed somewhere prominent or even kept somewhere private like your purse or journal, as a reminder to love yourself and show that gorgeous and amazing body of yours some love!
I love the message of this box just as much as I love its contents and I want to thank Books That Matter for continuing to be a positive force in the book world…You Guys rock!! If you would like a box of your own, you can use MARIE10 at check out to save 10%. I would love to talk to you guys about body positivity and self love so please leave your comments and advice below and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to stay up to date with my latest posts.