A lot of good things have been happening. I feel myself in this place of flow where beauty shows up consistently and often. I’ve read books about this place. But it didn’t seem like I’d ever get here. But now, somehow, I have arrived. It’s like I’ve grown a new ring on my tree. The old rings from all that has come before are still inside me, but they are smaller and contained safely inside the bigger ring that I have grown into. A word someone said to me about this place is standards. He said we are constantly growing new standards. As we grow our standards change. What I have been thinking about most lately in regard to my standards is my relationship with my body. For so long I have been struggling with my weight and the way that I think I look. It just got to a point where I realized that I need to do something new. It is time for me to make a new standard. I’ve joined a wellness coaching group with other women who want to be healthier. It is helping. For me it’s not about eating less and exercising more, which is the common wisdom. I have been there for a long, long time. It stopped working. So I am trying to approach my relationship to my body instead of being hyper-focused on what I eat or how much I exercise. I am trying to notice how my body feels and lives in the world instead of what the scale says about it or how I think it looks in the mirror. I have decided that what I am going to work on is saying yes to two things. I am saying yes to joyful nourishment and powerful beauty. That says it all to me. I am giving up being the type of person who never loves her body and always struggles with her weight. I am saying yes to being the person I know I want to be. I am saying yes to being the woman who is totally alive and free. I am saying yes to my most clear and beautiful self.