The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.
Jamie Lee Curtis
You have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like [models]. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy.
I’m pretty comfortable with my body. I’m imperfect. The imperfections are there. People are going to see them, but I take the view you only live once.
Who cares if there are lumps on my thighs? I’m guilty of having human legs made up of fat, muscle, and skin, and sometimes when you sit, they get bumpy!
You’re a human being, you live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damn red velvet cupcake.
Pretty much everyone I know, no matter what size, is trying some system. Even when someone gets to looking like she should be so proud of herself, instead she’s like, ‘I could be another three pounds less; I could be a little taller and have bigger lips.’ Where does it end? You just have to say, ‘It’s pretty damn good. I am right here at the moment and I’m OK with it. I’ve got other things to think about.’
No is a complete sentence and so often we forget that.
When we don’t want to do something we can simply smile and say no.
We don’t have to explain ourselves, we can just say “No”.
Early on my journey I found developing the ability to say no expanded my ability to say yes and really mean it.
My early attempts at saying no were often far from graceful but with practice even my no came from a place of love.
Love yourself enough to be able to say yes or no.
I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.
The past is never where you think you left it.
Katherine Anne Porter
We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between
‘I had my chance.’ He said it, retiring from a lifetime of wanting. ‘I had my chance, and sometimes in life, there are no second chances. You look at what you have, not what you miss, and you move forward.’
Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
The sad, shitty week is almost over and I think we all need to decompress a bit this weekend.
First up is Put You In A Better Mood, a site that is filled with images of animals such as the one above that you could spend a couple of minutes or whatever amount of time you need looking at
I could never get into writing when I was a kid but a lot of you did. And some adults have shared their writings by standing in front of a microphone and reading them to an audience. You can listen to the podcasts of these performances at Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids. They are nostalgic reminders of how funny and serious we could be.
The following optical illusion video shows how each ball is actually moving in a straight line.
And if you love animal cams, liveanimals.tv has recordings of various animals such as cats, dogs, farm animals, and wild and zoo animals. The current live cam is the sloth webcam from Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
Remember. Breathe in… breathe out…
Image via worldelephantday.org/galleries
August 12th is World Elephant Day. The elephant population is decreasing due to a variety of reasons and they need our help and protection. The elephant population is decreasing (62% this past decade), as of 2011 the number of elephants dying and being killed are higher than what the population is able to reproduce and there is an increasing number of orphaned baby elephants whose mothers are killed for their tusks.
This information from their About Page explains why World Elephant Day (WED) was created.
The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.
World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. On World Elephant Day, August 12, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike.
So, that’s some of the bad news. The good news is that WED is also supported by The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and other similar-minded organizations that are listed on the Associates page.
The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization based in Thailand. Founded in 2002 as a Royal initiative of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, its mission is to reintroduce captive elephants into the wild, restore natural habitat with indigenous plants and wildlife, research and educate others about Asian elephants, and promote management of long-term survival of elephants in Thailand and around the world.
Did you know that the Asian elephant is endangered with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide? Or that the African elephant (Forest and Savannah) is threatened with less than 400,000 remaining worldwide?
Here’s some quick elephant facts (more are available here).
- There are two species of elephants, African and Asian, and while they are similar in physiology, they are too biologically different to interbreed.
- 2013 saw the greatest quantity of ivory confiscated in the last 25 years.
- The street value of a single tusk is approximately US$15,000.
- The main market for illegal ivory is China, where a single tusk can fetch $100,000–200,000.
- One out of every three Asian elephants left in the world is a captive animal.
- Recent research suggests that captive elephants suffer long-term depression over the trauma of their capture and captivity, as well as drastically shortened life spans.
And while it would be wonderful to have the means to support all the different causes and charities we are interested in, I know that’s not possible. Therefore, if you are so inclined, a link to a petition is at the bottom of each page of the WED web site should you wish to add your name. Each signature, blog post, news story and chat with friends and colleagues help.
- Study elephants in their “keystone” role in the environment and interrelationships with plants and other animals because all of nature is interconnected.
- Learn about and support organizations that are working to protect habitat for wild elephants and finding solutions for human-elephant conflict.
- Support organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products.
- Support organizations that are protecting wild elephant habitat.
- Support organizations that are building natural sanctuaries and alternative habitat for domesticated elephants to live freely.
- Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit.
- If you wish to experience elephants in their natural environment, choose eco-tourism operators who support local elephant conservation projects and who treat elephants with respect and dignity.