A letter to my body 1 yr PP (Emily)

Age: 23
1 pregnancy, son is 12 months old, 1 yr PP

Dear body,
Thank you for all that you have given me and others. I am sorry for what I used to think of you, I was wrong you are beautiful. I promise to never be ashamed of my body anymore. I promise to love this body and treat it with respect for the rest of my life. I promise to be PROUD of my belly, my breasts, my scars. I created and brought a life into this world and so far have nourished that life with only my body. I am too insignificant to realize the gift god gave me by making me a woman. I am a creator of life and beauty, I do not have to look like a bikini model to be happy. I am a mother, like the earth with hills and valleys. I love you body!!!!

Happy Anniversary!


Originally uploaded by Graham Bauer.

Two years ago today I got The Shape of a Mother up and running. Since then we have had over 600 submissions (possibly over 700), have been mentioned in blogs, newspapers, radio shows, magazines and more. I am honored to have such a part in society, to have helped bring so many women together to support each other. We have truly begun to change the way society sees mothers and it will only get better from here. We, like the woman in this photo, have stuck our hands stubbornly on our hips, thrown on our bikinis (I realize she is not wearing a bikini, bear with me here, m’kay?) and told the world we ARE beautiful exactly the way we are, thankyouverymuch.

So thanks to each and every one of you – to you who have bravely posted your photos, to you who have read them and healed your heart a little, and to you who have passed the link along to friends or family or blog readers. Every single one of you is an integral part of this site. Thank you.

Here’s to another year (or two! or more!) of changing the world!


Wow, it’s been almost a week since I’ve added any stories. Sorry! My family and I have been going virtually nonstop this week and my brain hurts. I will have some time to play a lot of catch-up this weekend so check back soon!

I hope you all have been having a lovely week!

Fitness Magazine May 2008

Fitness Magazine May 2008

Originally uploaded by zebrabelly.

Fitness Magazine recently published an article about women using technology to fight back against the images the media pushed about what we are “supposed” to look like. Women like you are changing the world and the world is noticing!

Thanks to every one of you who has contributed. Congratulations, ladies, we’re on our way to a reality-based view of women thanks to you.

Check out the article here.