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Resources for your body and mind

What most of us don’t figure out until later in our lives is that there are resources to educate ourselves about our bodies and their habits. Recently I’ve taken an interest in researching things about natural eating habits, managing a healthy weight, the woman’s menstrual cycle, etc. I want to share some of the books I’ve encountered with you, so that you may enlighten yourself and your body with some newfound information.

Natural Living: The 21st Century Guide to a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle by Liz Wright

Natural Living

Today, being conscious of what’s happening to the Earth as well as our bodies is something of the norm. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a handbook to guide you on your path to a better lifestyle? Natural Living provides “an in-depth look at the way we live and comprehensive guidance on the crucial changes we can all make.” If you want to learn about all aspects of living in the 21st century, then Liz Wright’s Natural Living gives you the insight you need—whether it’s for gardening, food planning, raising animals, or composting—to get you started. Available at Barnes and Noble.


Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out by Jolene Hart

Eat Pretty

It’s nothing new to hear that being nutritious is a trend that everyone wants to adopt. Eat Pretty provides readers with a program that “offers a full lifestyle makeover, exploring stress management, hormonal balance, and mindful living. Charts and lists, plus nearly 20 recipes, make for a delicious and infinitely useful package—in the kitchen, at the grocer, and on the go.” Available at Amazon.


Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary

Beautiful You

Do you struggle with self-acceptance? Rosie Molinary encourages readers—no matter their size, age, or ethnicity—to make it a goal to feel better about themselves and work towards that goal while ignoring the implicit negativity of the media. Using realistic techniques in a one-year plan to empower and push women to embrace a healthy self-image and break unwanted habits, “Beautiful You strikes a chord with every woman who has ever faltered in her self-confidence or lost her personal brilliance—and it makes sure she never lets it happen again.” Available at Amazon.


Hopefully these books will enlighten you and give you a little bit more information on feeling positive and maintaing a healthy life.

Brittany Eldridge

An annual tradition… my year-end non-resolutions


A grainy pic of me and the husband on New Year’s Eve this year.


I gave up making New Year’s resolutions in 2010 because I realized that resolutions focus too much on what we’ve done wrong rather than what we’ve done right.

Every year since then I’ve made a list of “non-resolutions,” that is a list of things that I accomplished over the past year that made me happy and proud.

(If you like, you can still read my non-resolutions from 2011, 2012, and 2013.)

This year the task of figuring out what made me happy and proud over the past twelve months has proven harder than ever before. That’s because this year I completed my most recent book project (a memoir about meeting my biological family) but still haven’t been able to find a publisher for it.

After working on that one single project for 4 1/2 years, it’s difficult to accept the fact that it may not get published.

But the truth is it may not.

As a result of that realization, I made a big change in my life and that’s what led me to my first non-resolution…

1) I’m most proud of the fact that this past summer I decided to make writing fiction my top priority so that I wouldn’t have to spend 4 1/2 years writing another book that didn’t get published. Instead I’ve committed to writing a book a year with the hope that if one of those books doesn’t get published, it won’t be as devastating as it has been when a book I worked on for YEARS doesn’t.

2) I feel truly lucky to be in a healthy marriage with a loving and supportive spouse who really gets me. And I feel equally lucky to have SO MANY great family members and friends that I don’t even have enough time to see them all in a given year.

3) I’m glad that I’m starting to learn to let things roll off of me a bit more. Those petty arguments we have with friends and family? They’re just not getting to me as much, and I’m not engaging with the drama that comes with those relationships, which is making me MUCH happier.

4) I’m also happy that I’ve continued to work out almost every single day, and I’ve added biking and swimming to my regular mix of walking, running, and going to boot camp.

5) I’m pleased, too, that I have continued to reject the notion that being skinny is more important than being healthy. I lost a few pounds this year, but some days those lost pounds show up on the scale like that loser ex-boyfriend who still writes on your Facebook wall twenty years after you dumped him. On those days, I just remind myself I’d rather be healthy than worry about a few measly little pounds (and to block said ex-boyfriend on Facebook).

That’s it for me this year!

I sincerely hope that you can take a few minutes today to focus on what you did RIGHT last year too.

Trust me, it feels REALLY good to do so.


It’s Women’s History Month! Celebrate by seeing The Hunger Games and vote with your dollars this weekend!

Recently I did a short interview for the English majors blog here at Western Kentucky University about what I’m doing to celebrate Women’s History Month.

According to the Library of Congress, Women’s History Month “had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress asked the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as ‘Women’s History Week.’ . . .  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as ‘Women’s History Month.'”

I had to think for a little bit about what I’m doing in honor of this month-long celebration of women when first asked the question, and here’s what I came up with:

“I’m a firm believer in the idea of ‘voting’ with our dollars, meaning we should spend our money on the groups we want to support. One of the groups I most want to support is female artists, so this month I’m going to try to spend my free time reading books and seeing films by women.

Women are grossly underrepresented in Hollywood, so I’m really excited about Friends with Kids by first-time director Jennifer Westfeldt. I also plan to see The Hunger Games, which is adapted from Suzanne Collin’s wonderful dystopian novel.

Though women are better represented in publishing than they are in film, they are still not getting the same ‘air time’ as male writers. For that reason, I hope to read several books by women this month. I’m currently reading Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club and will start Mishna Wolff’s I’m Down as soon as I’m done with that. Also, Bobbie Ann Mason will be at the Southern Kentucky Bookfest in April, so I hope to read one of her books this month too.

Finally, I have asked all of the readers of my blog to look in the mirror and find something they like about themselves in my ‘Five easy steps for celebrating women everywhere’ post.'”

If for some odd reason, you haven’t taken these five steps yet, please do so now! I promise it will take you leass than five minutes, and you’ll be happy you did it.

Also, be sure to see The Hunger Games this weekend (the preview is above), an amazing story about a strong young woman who refuses to give up her life or her identity. Miss it, and you’ll be left out of what will ceratintly be some heated discussion about it over the next few days and week.

As it says in the book, “The world will be watching,” so you should too.

I’ll be posting my review of The Hunger Games next week so you’ll want to check back here for that too.


Cemetery Girl launches today

My husband’s latest novel, Cemetery Girl, came out today, and in honor of that, I’d love it if you watched the haunting trailer for the book . . .

Cemetery Girl tells the story of Caitlin Stuart, a twelve-year-old girl who goes missing near the cemetery by her suburban home.

Though the book is not explicitly about body issues, it is about a young woman who feels that her self-worth is nonexistent without the validation of a man—a problem that often goes hand in hand with body issues and which makes this a powerful read not to be missed by any woman who has struggled with self-esteem.

Buy Cemetery Girl now at your favorite bookstore or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, or Books-a-million.

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