I was out to lunch with a male friend of mine the other day and we were talking about what men find attractive in women at this point in life (aka late 20s to early 30s). The answer, surprisingly, never drifted towards the expected remarks of tight butt or voluptuous curves or plump lips with perfect teeth. The answer was "confident in her own skin."
The moment was reminiscent of the great Wizard of Oz coming out from behind the curtain to show that the truth was much less exciting and hyped up than what our imagination (or covers of Cosmo magazine) allows us to think. Ladies, aÂ quiet confidenceÂ is not only the key to sustainable balance of body, mind and soul, but also the most attractive quality you can offer in a relationship. Understanding the elements that make up our personal foundation and character is key to becomingÂ comfortableÂ in our own skin.
So this leads to my question for today's challenge: What definesÂ yourÂ âcenter of gravity?â
THE CHALLENGE DAY 11Ã¢ÂÂ¨Ã¢ÂÂ¨
Physical: We have been habitually performing exercises and even taking time to meditate on slowing down to look at life, instead of just running through it. Can you say with confidence what your favorite physical activity is in life? Don't be like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride whoÂ always models her favorite way to eat eggs after her partner's preference at the time. Decide what exercise givesÂ youÂ the most pleasure and satisfaction and stick with it. You might even find that the activity feels like a treat instead of a chore.
Spiritual: Manifestation continues to be one of my favorite things to discuss when addressing our spiritual growth. I recently realized, however, that perhaps I jumped the gun in assuming that we were all prepared to start manifesting the things we desire in life. The first step is to identify the things you desire in life, and then move on to step two which is to manifest them with the power of thought.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau
"It is good to feel lost...because it proves you have a navigational sense of where âHomeâ is. You know that a place that feels likeÂ being foundÂ exists. And maybe your current location isn't that place but, Hallelujah, that unsettled, uneasy feeling of lost-ness just brought you closer to it." - Erika Harris
Personal: Understanding the skin you are most comfortable in is truly a critical part to living life to its fullest, simply because you will better understand what it is in life you desire to feel balanced, centered and hopefully happy. It is my opinion that the next step in personal growth is to live out loud and to make your preferences known to others. Do you share your personal likings and desires with your friends and/or partner in life? If the answer is no, then look inward at the courage that you know you have and employ it to start utilizing your voice.
Today's Tips and Reminders: Try drinking a glass of hot water with lemon in the morning to help digestion and kick-start your metabolism. I also recently read that some body lotions have way too many toxins in them, so try using Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion from now on.
Images courtesy of Chrisrue.com, Remarkablogger.comFollow Brittany on the 30 Day Challenge by clicking here.