The Body Electric

The Body Electric: Day Eight

I don’t know when exactly it happened, but somewhere in the course of my 34 years, I accepted the idea that most of my clothes would be uncomfortable.

These days, I have a closet full of five-inch stilettos, nipped-waist pencil skirts and close-cut clothing in rough, hard-finish fabrics.  And most of the time I’m completely fine with that.

But now I can feel the winter coming on:  chapped lips and numb fingertips … knuckles so dry they crack and bleed through my mittens.  And in this season that, for me at least, represents a constant physical discomfort, I suddenly want to wear things that just plain feel good.

So I’m giving myself permission to wear cashmere socks and fuzzy loose-fitting sweaters.  I’ll spend a little extra on fabrics that slide silkily against my skin.  And maybe this sounds like silly self-indulgence.  But I am learning that when my body feels comfortable, my mind is free to think and love well, and to consider the comfort of others …

And that feels pretty beautiful to me. ❤



{Wonder what’s happening here?  For thirty days this December, I’m challenging myself to enjoy this body I’m living in:  to take pleasure in all my senses, to explore it and use it in new ways … and most of all, simply to cherish it.  I hope you’ll join me for the journey. <3}


23 thoughts on “The Body Electric: Day Eight

    • You know, surprisingly, I find my towering shoes much less uncomfortable than most people probably think. Maybe I’ve just been wearing them for so long that I don’t even notice it anymore. Either way, I just like feeling tall. 🙂

      Thanks for reading, Derrick. I truly do appreciate you. 🙂

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  1. What precious self-compassion you are showing yourself in this approach and in this photograph! At some point during my recovery, I decided that of it didn’t feel comfortable, I wasn’t going to wear it. It was a rude departure from my former preppy, sophisticated, New Englandy ways, but it was right at the time. Seasons change! I’m becoming more comfortable in my native skin. I think it’s time to strike a new balance. Sounds like that’s exactly what you’ve done. ❤️

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    • Thank you! I’m loving this too right now. And yes, I do dress up, both for going out and professionally… And I do genuinely love being dressed up. But embracing the softness if good for me in this season. 🙂

      Thank you for your little vote of confidence … I always love seeing you here and hearing your thoughts! 🙂


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