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Growing up, Jessica Sanders was always the tallest student in her class, and struggled to accept and love her body. When she was 12, her mother signed her up to play volleyball knowing her height would be celebrated and an advantage. Jessica soon learned that different bodies brought different skills to the team and all these bodies were valued. After leaving high-school, Jessica travelled solo to many countries and climbed some of the world's highest mountains, always carrying a heavy pack that made her grateful for her strong body. Over time, and through the ups and downs of life's tough lessons, Jessica grew to love and celebrate her body. Inspired by her own journey, Jessica wrote Love Your Body to educate and empower young girls with the message of self-love. Jessica is an author, advocate and social worker. She has volunteered for several women's rights organizations, supported women and children fleeing family violence, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in alliance with African women fighting for their rights to land, and lectured at schools teaching the importance of respect for self and others. Currently Jessica works at the Butterfly Foundation where she educates young people on the importance of positive body image.
Over the last year, many of us have been feeling overwhelmed and realise that we need to look after ourselves a little bit more. Self care sounds so easy, yet most of us don’t self care enough, often struggling to find the time or motivation. In Me Time, author Jessica Sanders gives an introduction to self care, sharing personal insights and inspiring quotes. This colourful illustrated book is so bright and cheerful that it lifted my mood straightaway. It’s an easy book to dip into when you’re feeling low, with simple ideas for ‘me time’. From small steps, such as meditation, drinking more water or even lighting a candle, to longer ones, such as reading a book (of course!), taking a break from technology or going on a half-day hike. So there’s something for everyone, to suit all budgets and how much time you have available. Self care isn’t just about looking after yourself physically and emotionally, but is also about caring for others. Tell someone how much you appreciate them. Find a local volunteering opportunity. This beautifully designed book is packed with ideas and examples, and even has a further resources guide at the back. A perfect comforting gift to yourself – or a friend in need!
What if every young girl loved her body? Love Your Body encourages you to admire and celebrate your body for all the amazing things it can do (like laugh, cry, hug and feel) and to help you see that you are so much more than your body. Bodies come in all different forms and abilities. All these bodies are different and all these bodies are good bodies. There is no size, ability or colour that is perfect. What makes you different makes you, you - and you are amazing! Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience, while representing and celebrating diverse bodies, encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness. This book was written for every girl, regardless of how you view your body. All girls deserve to be equipped with the tools to navigate an image-obsessed world. Featuring a special surprise poster on the jacket, this book will show you that freedom is loving your body with all its imperfections and being the perfectly imperfect you!