and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied, ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.’

- nayyirah waheed (via oncewild)

(Source: nayyirahwaheed, via oncewild)

I’m having a bad flare right now. I haven’t had one like this for quite some time. My back and stomach and scalp and ears keep sprouting new little dots. I suspect it could be because of allergies (or maybe it’s from having a cold slash an inherently reactive immune system) but GOD it sucks not knowing exactly why it’s happening or how to stop it! I get tired thinking about it and moving around with it and looking at it and orienting my daily habits around it and always having to keep stocked with expensive moisturizers and feeling that weird tight burny feeling in my face and ears whenever I have a drink.

I try to remind myself that sometimes psoriasis can be a helpful gauge — am I taking care of myself or not? Am I making the healthiest choices? My skin reflects what I put into my body more than most people’s skin does. But some days it is really hard not to wish that it could be cool and smooth and soft instead of peppered with rough, pink patches. Especially since every day is closer to winter, which in Minnesota is brutal and long and DRY. Especially since I have been waiting months for my insurance to evaluate me for Humira, and I’ll be ok if I don’t get it (as seems likely), but oh man, how nice would it be to do a little needle once a week instead of roasting myself under UV light every few days? (Not that it is an easy decision.)

Loving yourself is hard work sometimes! Honor the struggle.

3

(Source: residuetrail, via talisman)

mercedesbenzodiazepine:

I hate when you’re like “fuck it’s so hot” and someone’s like “well why don’t you take your jacket off?” Like bitch no…this is my outfit

(via boghanz)

Comparing yourself to others is an act of violence against your authentic self.

- Iyanla Vanzant (via grillfriend)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via fuckyeahexistentialism)

stophatingyourbody:

#RP @iam_fabulous555 : Not my problem #stophatingyourbody #SHYB

stophatingyourbody:

#RP @iam_fabulous555 : Not my problem #stophatingyourbody #SHYB

(via becauseiamawoman)

473

(Source: sciencejokes, via skinpositive)

I just wanted to come here and tell you, first and foremost, that reading your blog has completely changed my viewpoint on my condition. After seeing all of the beautiful men and women showing off their spots and scars, I have realized that I don't have to hide my legs anymore. I used to only have psoriasis on my legs, and have had it for years and years without finding any solution to keep my outbreaks under control. About a week ago, my ENTIRE body broke out. But I'm not ashamed anymore :)

:)) this makes me so happy!! even though i don’t do as much on the blog anymore, it helps me too. i still have moments of shame and days when i wear long sleeves, but… that’s ok too. learning to be ok with yourself is a process! <3

1
Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.

- Tyrion (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

(via thesearepeopleyouknow)

(Source: danipupani, via thefemcritique)

iammisssnowflake:

A snap taken of some psoriasis on my elbow. 
Today is a good day.

this is like what mine is lately too!! summmerr

iammisssnowflake:

A snap taken of some psoriasis on my elbow. 

Today is a good day.

this is like what mine is lately too!! summmerr

(via skinpositive)

10

Lately/this summer/for the first time, I’ve just been saying FUCK IT and wearing shorter skirts and short sleeves and tank tops out in public.

And it’s been awesome!!

Not that there aren’t days when I have bouts of feeling shitty about myself and about my skin and need to cover up. Just that it’s worth it when I push myself outside of that comfort zone. It is so easy to just crack and wear jeans and longer sleeves and pretend you’re not DYING under there, but is it really worth it? Is it really fair to yourself?? Or are you just trying to make other people feeling more comfortable around you because some part of yourself is disgusted by your own body and feels ugly and less-than and doesn’t want anyone else to have to experience it either?

Today I was feeling bad about myself and my skin (so easy to do!) but I still put on a skirt and pumped myself up a little bit and mostly just forgot about it and stopped caring and it felt GREAT — the sun on my skin, the grass on my skin, the wind on my skin. Lately I’ve been having moments of realizing that it just doesn’t matter, my body is mine and my own and really all I have, it is the only vessel I will ever possess, and it is just as worthy of respect and comfort, just as deserving to wear shorts as anyone else’s body.

Sometimes it’s easier to be uncovered around strangers as opposed to people you know/coworkers/acquaintances. Weird how that goes! Maybe because I care less about the opinions of strangers than the opinions of people whose respect I feel I need to earn.

I’ve seen a couple strangers with psoriasis out in public lately and that makes me so happy! I always have the urge to strike up a conversation, but I never do. Enough for me to see them and know that both of us are temporarily existing in the same place doing our respective things.

Thoughts about psoriasis!

7

(same thing)

(Source: mamashug, via oxblood)

mindofataurus:

2014 is the year of affirmation. Take the time to affirm the aspects of your life you want to attract, develop or transform.
I release my need to impress others. I know that I have nothing to prove. I accept myself just the way I am. 
More affirmations here.

mindofataurus:

2014 is the year of affirmation. Take the time to affirm the aspects of your life you want to attract, develop or transform.

I release my need to impress others. I know that I have nothing to prove. I accept myself just the way I am.

More affirmations here.

(via mindofataurus)

279

"Loving you means holding yourself with unconditional positive regard.
 It means giving yourself the time and space to make poor choices and bad decisions, knowing that you are learning and growing through it all. 
Loving you means consciously and consistently engaging in behaviors and activities that are self-supportive, self-affirming and self-honoring. 
It also means when you forget or resist opportunities to honor you, instead of beating yourself up, you look for and embrace the lessons you learn. 
When you love on you, when you trust you, when you honor you, you set the standard for how others will love you.”
Iyanla Vanzant

"Loving you means holding yourself with unconditional positive regard.

It means giving yourself the time and space to make poor choices and bad decisions, knowing that you are learning and growing through it all.

Loving you means consciously and consistently engaging in behaviors and activities that are self-supportive, self-affirming and self-honoring.

It also means when you forget or resist opportunities to honor you, instead of beating yourself up, you look for and embrace the lessons you learn.

When you love on you, when you trust you, when you honor you, you set the standard for how others will love you.”

Iyanla Vanzant

(Source: mindofataurus, via mindofataurus)