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barely in the family

Two weeks ago, my mother, aunt, brother and I went up to Manhattan for the day. As we ventured through Times Square, we came across a group of bare chested women body painted in red, white and blue who permitted tourists to stand with them and take a picture. I paused in my steps and, after a few deep breaths, shared that I wanted to take a bare chested picture with the women. This would be my first time telling my brother and aunt about my bare-chested and clothes free life. My mom was over the moon and shouted ecstatically, “My daughter’s a naturist and she’s going to take a topless picture with these women!” in the middle of Times Square as she snatched my phone to capture the moment. It was heart-warming to see her excitement. I pranced over to the women and informed them of my request, and they expressed some excitement given that I, too, would be standing bare chested, enjoying the right to be. The moment I freed my chest, the breeze brought a refreshing breath to my skin, and I felt like …

Sunday shorts submissions -stories about clothes free firsts

Sunday shorts submissions What are Sunday shorts? Sunday shorts are short stories Sunday shorts are your stories Sunday shorts are 3-5 minutes long Sunday shorts are audio recordings Sunday shorts is story telling Sunday shorts is a podcast The theme for the first Sunday shorts is FIRSTS! Start your story with – The first time I was clothes free … Possible story ideas The first time I was clothes free around others The first time I was clothes free for more than 24 hrs The first time I was clothes free outdoors The first time I was clothes free swimming How to submit your Sunday short: Tell your story in 3-5 minutes, record and save in MP3 or m4a format MP3 preferred Email the audio file bio/background information you want to share contact(at)clothesfreelife.com . You must include at least a name/pseudonym and an email so we can reach you in needed. Include this in your email. By submitting my audio I give clothes free life permission to edit and include in the Sunday shorts podcast and on the clothes free life …

what’s your story? calling for Sunday shorts submissions

Sunday shorts submissions are now being received. What are Sunday shorts? Sunday shorts are short stories Sunday shorts are your stories Sunday shorts are 3-5 minutes long Sunday shorts are audio recordings Sunday shorts is story telling Sunday shorts is a podcast The theme for the first Sunday shorts is FIRSTS! Start your story with – The first time I was clothes free … Possible story ideas The first time I was clothes free around others The first time I was clothes free for more than 24 hrs The first time I was clothes free outdoors The first time I was clothes free swimming How to submit your Sunday short: Tell your story in 3-5 minutes, record and save in MP3 or m4a format MP3 preferred Email the audio file bio/background information you want to share contact(at)clothesfreelife.com . You must include at least a name/pseudonym and an email so we can reach you in needed. Include this in your email. By submitting my audio I give clothes free life permission to edit and include in the Sunday shorts podcast and on …

shakti: the feminine power of yoga

 “What I love about the process and path of yoga is that the compass is directed towards our core self – our flowing essence – who we are when all of the coverings fall away. Being naked is a spiritual metaphor of our original state for it is how we arrived in the world through our mother’s loins and were celebrated for the first time.” –Shiva Rea in “Shakti: The Feminine Power of Yoga” (2003) This black and white work by Victoria Davis celebrates the feminine power of yoga in dynamic asana expressions offered by women. I remember coming across this book some time ago prior to my clothes free life. Although I found it interesting at the time, I did not give it much thought and, instead, continued on with my regularly scheduled programming of life. A few weeks ago, I returned to this book, and it to me via my memory. Of course, I am now deep into the waters of my clothes free yoga and clothes free life practice, but there is more. I am pursuing yoga training …

The Restoration 

Over the last month or so, I have found myself questioning this whole naturist lifestyle. The reason……Twitter. We as naturist enjoy sharing our adventures, outings and thoughts with those enjoying this same choice. However, we are bombarded with request after request from so called “naturists”. Only to find more porn, less naturism. To the point I was actually questioning the honesty and purity of it all. Then, as if the Greek goddess Astrea herself heard my pleas, the answer was delivered to me. Today, as we relaxed and enjoyed this glorious day at the river, we encountered and spoke to many different people. Nothing much out of the ordinary until we were preparing to gather our things and head back home. Over the hill walked the one thing I was desperately searching for. Having never seen them before, it was a father, mother, son (about 6 yrs old) and a little white poodle. The father nude, mother in just a t-shirt and son fully dressed. They walked by as we acknowledge each other and continued …

WOW: A Woman is to Be Seen and Not Heard

This week’s Women on Wednesdays is an offering from clothesfreelife.com contributor Moniqua. As a young girl, she was told by her mother that she was to be seen and not heard. Meaning make her presence known, but don’t say anything. She was dressed from head to toe in the nicest outfits, hair fried, dyed and laid to the side. She was told impressions are everything and that she needs to keep up her appearance. Don’t gain weight, wear fitted clothes, but not too fitted that they look small, show some cleavage to get a job, use her goods to better herself. She was a sexual being and used what she had to get what she wanted. How do you think these things affected her mind as she got older? Instilling these things in her mind caused insecurities later in her life. She became obsessed with making sure that she looked her best to impress people she didn’t like or didn’t even know. This in turn caused insecurities within herself, and she used material things to cover up those insecurities. This is where the weave, …

I’m living Clothes Free and here’s why

I have always had a hate relationship with clothes and I think it stems from being self-conscious about my body when I was younger. I always thought I was fat even though I wasn’t. When I got to high school and joined the dance team, I lost a lot of weight, but I still was not comfortable. I grew up where what you wore defined who you were as a person. Everything had to be name brand, matched and the latest style. I felt like no matter what I wore, I never fit in. In my first year of college, I wore as little clothing as possible not because I wanted to be clothes free, but because I was seeking a certain type of male attention. I later found out that no matter what I wore, I would get the same attention. My college years involved a lot of soul-searching and self-discovery that did not reveal itself until a couple of years ago. I have always hated standing in my closet searching for something to …

beginning where we are

Recently, a number of naturists / clothes free lifers have expressed increased concern regarding individuals who use the labels of naturism, nudism or clothes free life while consistently posting sexual content. In turn, those posting such content express frustration when naturists argue that the content they share does not align with the intentions set forth by naturism. From reading conversations on Twitter as well as the piece written by the Chief Editor and Curator for clothesfreelife.com, “Naturism and Nudism Have a PR Problem,” and the comments associated with it, I gathered that the contentions continue. Much of what I have heard on both sides of the argument speaks to principle, which is certainly an important conversation. At the same time, I have also found, particularly from my yoga teacher training, that in support of principle, the question becomes, “What is the impact of my actions?” For instance, there are many ways to teach a yoga class. The more important question becomes less about what is morally right/wrong, or what I even like, and more about what is effective for a particular student or class on a particular day, …