Archive for October 17th, 2010

Beautiful You

I'm privileged today to introduce Shared Table readers to a wonderful writer friend, Rosie Molinary. Rosie is an awesome author, speaker and teacher whose work I admire. We met at a seminar about freelance writing several years ago and I have to say that she has been a big encourager to me, always ready to applaud my efforts to step forward in my writing. Rosie's first book "Hijas Americanas" was published by Seal Press in 2007 and dealt with Latina Body Image. This month she launched her second work, "Beautiful You" – a daily guide to Radical Self-Acceptance. In addition to writing, she teaches a course on body image at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and speaks on body image, diversity, self-awareness, social justice and writing around the country.

Beautiful You is set up as a 365 day action plan, but I like to think of it as a daily devotional that challenges women to be fully, un-apologetically themselves.

What does that have to do with the theme of The Shared Table? Lots, it turns out!  Rosie tells her readers about two regular dinner parties she looks forward to each month – one with her book club, the other is a Scrabble dinner she hosts for long time friends.

Read this excerpt from Day 329, titled, "Have a Dinner Party"……

Sharing great meals are a way to strengthen our ties to each other. They help us to live more fully, to connect more deeply, to share some of our most crucial needs with others. They build community and foster our creativity. They boost our spirits.

Today – Plan a dinner party in  your home for one other person or several other people sometime in the upcoming week. Call and invite them, establishing a personal connection for the evening right then. Plan a menu that will bring you joy, and then begin working on it. Sharing a meal with loved ones will buoy your spirit and remind you that the experience of lie is one that has very little to do with your appearance.

The Last Course:

I love Rosie's book because it deals with relationships – first and foremost, the one we have with ourselves. If we're not comfortable in our own skins, in our own homes, how are we ever going to reach out to others?