I’m devoting this Monday to meditation, reflection and devotion to submission. I hope to select topics that will get you thinking differently about some part of your life or submission and then just maybe grow a little bit further. If you have ideas for topics that might work for a Meditation Monday, please email me.

With yet another personal push to eat better and move more, I'm in a focused headspace to finally drop some of this weight that I've been carrying for so long. And even though I'd love to be smaller, I've learned to accept my body as it is and will always work to be the healthiest I can be, any size that I am.

I'm not a fat advocate or a "love at any size" proponent. But I do feel that everyone, no matter what they look like, should feel good about the body they have and not constantly wish they were different. Being unhappy with yourself only breeds more depression and sadness. I doubt anyone goes about their day wishing for depression. And yet the media and social networks out there are always reminding us that we don't fit into that perfect little-photoshopped box they've made for the ideal body.

And no one ever will. Don't make that your goal.

Stop what you are doing right now and go to the mirror. Whatever size mirror you have near you and look at yourself. Repeat this phrase as many times as you need to start believing it; "I am beautiful."

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

It's not just the inside that matters. It's how you project yourself outward. Every single one of us has beauty and we've spent far too long not seeing it. Because of this little nit-picky thing or that flaw we fail to see the beauty that is always there. It could be the welcoming smile you have or the twinkle in your eye. It might be the honest look on your face and the steady gait. It could be your determined chin or the open hand that you offer to anyone in need. These parts of your body are beautiful which makes the whole of you beautiful.

Body confidence isn't something you have, it's something you learn and you nurture throughout your life. I didn't always have the confidence I do now and I know that it will continue to grow and change as my body changes. Whether that be with decreasing weight or maintaining, I know that my body and what it can do is wonderful.

Stop listening to people who don't know you. Start listening to all those kind voices and nurture your body and mind with positive thoughts. Why?

Because, as I said above, you are beautiful.

You are beautiful.

You are beautiful.