This is the start of a portrait of me by artist Yvonne Cordoba.
Tonight I will be facing one of my biggest fears and posing nude for an audience at the Ladyfest VIP Preview event. I am terrified. But this event is about celebrating women and all that we have accomplished, this is in honor of my recovery process and my work with Stop Hating Your Body. All throughout my recovery I’ve felt so incredibly proud and accomplished after pushing myself to do the things I am afraid of, so even though I’m so nervous, I’m proud of myself for going for it anyway!
My body is nothing to be ashamed of. Your body is nothing to be ashamed of. We can find peace within ourselves, we can learn to love ourselves. It’s been a heck of a fight and I will keep on fighting, for myself and for others.
Wish me luck everyone! I’ll be thinking of all of you!
"The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather, better adults than you have been. Progress happens because new generations grow and develop and become better than the previous ones.”
From Adora Svitak’s talk “What adults can learn from kids.” In her talk, Adora makes a case for why adults shouldn’t underestimate kids. And they shouldn’t. Kids are doing amazing things. Let’s just take a second to think about how Adora organized her first TEDxYouth event when she was just 12.
This weekend, young people around the world are attending, organizing, speaking at, and watching TEDxYouthDay events — TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we’re taken aback by the amazing things that come out of these events, and we think you should be, too. Find a TEDxYouthDay event near you to attend or watch live online here.