beautiful you ~ a daily guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary

Book Review

by Susan D'Addario, LCSW, Certified Eating Psychology Coach and Licensed HeartMath® Coach

I have a slew of health improvement books at home covering a vast variety of wellness topics and conversations. This is the first that I've chosen to not only reference but to actually review. For the record: I love beautiful you, a daily guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary! This is a must have for anyone challenged in any way by their body image.

beautiful you is an easy to read book that offers daily self-esteem suggestions and challenges. Many self-esteem issues can remain hidden and go unrecognized. What's so great about Ms. Molinary’s listings is that they help to focus on areas that can hurt us and need TLC. 

Of course, we all won't relate to every single daily item listed. (She offers 365 daily listings to cover the full year.) I can almost guarantee though that many of the challenges listed will touch the vast majority of readers struggling to believe in their beauty.

With each daily topic, Ms. Molinary proposes we try to see/experience things in a different light by answering self-reflective questions and/or participating in a suggested exercise. Eventually, with genuine attempts to experiment with the topics and their accompanying assignments, one can start to get out of his or her own head and put old, hurtful beliefs into realistic perspectives. The author also guides us to see beyond ourselves. She invites all to become a member of a greater, healthier and larger community in which we reach out and contribute our beauty and gifts to others in need.

Here are just five of Ms. Molinary’s daily guides. The other 360 are marvelous ones as well!

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  1. Consider how you feel about yourself - Answer these questions: How do you feel about yourself? Why is that the case? What will a healthy sense of self and a healthy life give to you?
  2. Consider how body image has impacted your life - Answer these questions: How has your body image impacted your daily life and outlook? What have been your challenges and triumphs with body image over time? What have you denied and allowed yourself because of your sense of your appearance? What have you gained or lost because of your body image?
  3. Consider your vision - Answer these questions: What is your vision for yourself? What do you wish for yourself? How is that different from who you are or where you are today? What do you think would make you feel more confident?
  4. Realize that your dissatisfaction is not all about your body - When you accept this thought, what comes to mind? What is your dissatisfaction really about? What is it trying to tell you? What part of your life could you address to foster more overall contentment? 
  5. Engage in the world - Want to feel better about yourself? Investing your time in esteemable acts can do more for your self-esteem than trying the latest mascara or buying skinny jeans. Why measure your worth, or lack thereof, through self-loathing of your weight, hair, body shape, skin color, etc.? Instead, through specific actions, engage in the world in a deliberate way, making both you and the world feel better. Volunteering for a local charity is one example. Begin by reflecting on the admirable acts you already do in your life.

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 If you’d like to discuss this book more, drop me a line. I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can order your copy here.

PS - I am not an affiliate of Ms. Molinary’s nor do I receive any type of compensation related to this review. My opinions and this review are exclusively mine and are shared for the sole purpose of promoting great health and joy. Blessings!