How many times a day does that look make you feel fabulous, fierce and confident?
And how many times a day does that look make you feel fat, ugly and unworthy?
If the latter occurs overwhelmingly more often, then maybe it’s time for a mirror fast! What would you say to not looking at yourself in the mirror for an entire year?
Impossible, you think?
Well, Kjerstin Gruys did it. Yes, she spent 12 whole months not looking at her reflection and she wrote a fascinating book about her experience called Mirror, Mirror Off The Wall – How I learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year.
Kjerstin is a PhD candidate in the UCLA Department of Sociology. Six months before her October 2011 wedding, she decided to live without mirrors… for a year. In her fantastic blog A Year Without Mirrors, she writes about her colliding worlds of sociology, social psychology, contemporary feminism, body image, and beauty culture.
I’m thrilled that she’s joining me for this special edition of Love Yourself Friday where we discuss body image, self-love, self-esteem, dealing with criticism and hateful messages, handling the brain-washing media messages we’re fed on an hourly basis and why the BMI is nothing but ludicrous.
Now, I’d like to hear from you. Do you think that going a year without looking in the mirror would have a positive benefit on your body image? Could you survive without your daily glance at yourself and your body?
Do you have other thoughts about our conversation? We want to hear your opinion! Speak up, join the conversation and begin empowering yourself today.