Abandoning Abuse

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I was at my grandmother’s for a visit when she got a phone call which changed the tone of our family fun. A friend needed a safe place to stay after she reported to the police officer that her husband threatened to kill her.
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Kudos

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I want to give a shout out to a few persons who embody theoretically and physically what I talk about so much on this blog concerning image.
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Just Breath – He’s coming!

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We’ve all heard the term “waiting to exhale.” That’s when a woman figuratively holds her breath until the right guy comes along. Problem is, holding your breath creates two problems: first you suffocate. Then you die.
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Big Girls Thrown a Curve Ball

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In what seemed like a step in the right direction, Italian Vogue created Vogue Curvy, a section on its website dedicated to fuller figures.
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Be Kind

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A few posts ago I issued the challenge for people to speak out about the abuse they’ve suffered, to be the one who isn’t afraid to talk about it to help others to talk about it and find healing.
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Through Thick & Thin

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The 2012 Summer Olympics are over but I’m sure we have a few more weeks of the media focusing on athletes being stripped of their medals, allegations of cheating and trumped-up controversies.
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Doubts – Don’t Doubt Them

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While chatting with some girlfriends, some young, some grandmothers, it was interesting to hear that all who had been through a divorce or bad relationship admit they had their doubts about the man from the start but didn’t heed them.
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Radio New Zealand Interview 8th August

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The Lighter Side of Large in the News.

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On Saturday 4th August I was very excited to receive a huge feature article in my local newspaper ‘The Nelson Mail’ titled When Fiction Tells The Truth by Naomi Arnold
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Keeping Up Appearances

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Warning: this post deals with sexual abuse and contains information which some may find disturbing or triggering, so please proceed with caution. My goal is to address an issue stemming from abuse, not to harm anyone emotionally.
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The Good Side of Betrayal

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Ain’t love grand? When you find a special someone who becomes your Significant Other, you’re filled with life and hope and joy. Love is forever, or so all the love songs claim, and with Mr. Right you’ll live happily ever after.
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Plus Size Power

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I know I just blogged about the size of models, but plus size models are making news and I just gotta shout about it.
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Relationship Traffic Signs

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Why do we do it? We make our lists of The Perfect Man with its double column of Must Haves and Have Nots and determine that we will never again fall for, date or marry someone who doesn’t fit the bill.
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Fed UP With Skinny

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I am fed up (interesting term) with Skinny being held up as the ultimate goal of women. 
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Speak UP!

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A friend gets a call from a guy she emailed, telling him how she felt about him but wasn’t certain how he felt about her. She said she understood if he was hesitant to pursue a relationship, but that she really did like him.
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Valentines Day Blues

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone.  If there’s one holiday which is totally superfluous and yet means so much, this is it.  The ironic thing is, it means even more when you’re single and don’t have a sweetheart.
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Tina Pele’s Song – tele i’a o le sami

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The Lighter Side of Large


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A Big Form of Bigotry

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Throughout the world and throughout time, there have been people who rose up and said “Enough” to discrimination.  Discrimination based on gender, race, creed, lifestyle, mental capacity, physical ability, and size unfortunately and unbelievably still exists.  Today, I am writing to add my voice to those who say, “Enough.” 
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Cinderella Complex

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Ever notice how so many fairy tales are about women being rescued by men and they live happily ever after?  Life gets better after she meets the prince.  It’s a plot which works well.  Or is it more than just a great storyline?  Is there something in the collective female psyche which drives us to wish upon a star for a knight in shining armor?  And why do we wish for that?
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