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The title pretty much says it all. A blog all about positively promoting nudism/naturism, body acceptance and social nudity, and showing how simply being nude is not porn, sexual or anything shameful.

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Good Naked Morning: 3 Years Now and Looking Back on the Year

Good naked morning, friends! This is a very special good naked morning because it happens to be coming on my 3rd anniversary of this blog this week, and my 3rd anniversary of officially declaring myself a nudist/naturist.

It’s been quite a year—my second at my job, unfortunately I haven’t been able to blog as much as I used to, and I have been under a lot of anxiety at work lately with projects and misunderstandings with my bosses. But naturism has helped me with finding relaxation and helping reduce my stress.

Within the last three years, going through all the blog posts I’ve written, I find it amazing how much I have grown as a person and as a naturist. When I started out as a nudist after really coming to accept myself working as an art model during my college years, I had no idea I’d become as involved as I have, and I have met so many great fellow naturists near and far. Starting on social media—then last year, fortunately able to finally join AANR and go to a naturist club and making a bunch of new friends. This year, unfortunately, I haven’t been as fortunate to get to my club because of work, and when I did, weather somehow had to conflict—the temperature going down, raining, or just not enough people to play water volleyball in the club pool. One thing I’m glad about was that this last Christmas, I was able to get a newer vehicle to replace my old one that, at 10 years old, was going on the fritz—the computer sensors were out of whack, my Service Engine Soon light would keep coming on and going off at the weirdest times, and then there were times when the ignition wouldn’t start. The last time I took that old car down to Ann Arbor to see my naturist friends down there last year, the wheel bearings gave out and it was a good $800 dollars of my saved-up stipend money to get fixed. Now that I have a more dependable newer SUV, I was fortunate to go down to Detroit earlier this year to see my Detroit/Ann Arbor area naturist friends at their midwinter meet-and-greet, and am hoping to be invited back again this coming winter.

I’m hoping that this coming year I can have some better luck with being more sociable in the naturist realm. With my busy work schedule and numerous expenses, it hasn’t been easy getting out there. But I’m keeping my spirits up, because tomorrow is another day, and next year is a new year with so many possibilities ahead. It’s like in the story of Cinderella—no matter how much Cinderella got pushed around, abused and humiliated by her jealous step-family, she continued to remain positive about every new dawn as someday her dreams of happiness would someday come. I’ll say the same about this past year—like I said, it hasn’t been easy to spend time with fellow naturists, but this next year I’m sure things will turn out better if I really believe they will and continue to remain positive about what the future will bring.

Have a good day, friends—and keep your eye out as I share some of my favorite posts throughout the last three years I’ve been writing on Twitter and in the FB group. And even though I don’t go by Buck anymore, I still love the freedom of being nude and still remain dedicated to spreading the positive message about naturism, simple nudity and body acceptance.

#NudeOn friends, and have a great day, and a great week!

David B

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Good Naked Morning: In a World of Manmade Artifices, Have We Lost Touch with our Roots?

Hey, good naked morning, friends!

So I’ve been thinking lately about advertising I’ve seen on network television lately. You see ads all the time for products that make our world a better place…but are they really? The way people predict the “future” of American urban society seriously makes me want to throw up—back in Back to the Future Part II (from 1989), they predicted 2015 to be a year of flying cars and smart computers that would take place of real people at the office. Well, thank heavens, we haven’t come as far as flying cars being the norm—the majority of our cars are still planted firmly on the ground. But even today, you have computer machines you can put in your home, you know what I’m taking about, in which you can tell them to do things for you—make lists, ask them questions, make them basically do almost everything for you. Have we really made our world a better place with these products like these tech geeks want to make us believe, or have we just made our kind more lazy?

Goodness, I just bought a new vehicle last winter, and I’ve really come to like my backup camera. But I still use my mirrors to make sure too, just as I was taught by my dad as I was starting driver’s training. Or how people who have backup sensors on the back of their cars? Still gotta be able to function if something goes wrong. I’ve really come to enjoy having conveniences on my smartphones (for personal and work), but I try not to be as dependent on them as some. To think, there are a lot of younger people these days who feel they cannot live without them. HAVE WE SERIOUSLY SPOILED OURSELVES THIS FAR THAT WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HARD WORK? It’s hard for me to see ads for machines like the Echo or Echo Dot, in which people say, “Do this” or “do that”, and all I want to shout at the TV is “Go do it yourself! Are you really that lazy?”

Yes I’m considered a millennial, because I was born in the early 90s, but it makes me want to puke seeing how much my generation gets stereotyped (at least by urban society), because of common habits a few have spread to numerous others of my generation. A lot of people think of all millennials as being the same, and the way society depicts them just makes it worse. Many think they can’t live without a smartphone, many are too afraid to move away from their parents or to even grow up.

In just the same manner, it seems like more and more throughout the years, younger generations have found so much more access to the sexual world and given in to modest and prudish ways that there are seems to be quite a lot less younger nudists now than there’ve ever been. At a lot of smaller nudist clubs, such as my club up here in Northern Michigan, I’m typically the youngest out of much of the visitors. Most of the people are older people, and of course, just much of my friends in my textile life around my small rural community are quite a bit older than me.

Our clothes-free way of life will never survive if populations of younger nudists continue decreasing. One thing a lot of younger people have a hard time with, because of all the pressure they get from the world around them as they grow up, is how much it isn’t necessary to objectify or stereotype the body. And technology isn’t making things any better—I mean sometimes it can be good, but never push a good thing too far. Technology can have its glitches—you still need to be able to function if technology malfunctions on you, the way I see it, try not to be as dependent on it. The less we depend on artificial things, the happier we can be and the more we can come to respect our roots. When God created man and woman, he said they were very good—and true to Genesis 2, Adam and his wife (Eve) were naked and not ashamed. In a world of nature, no less, not a world of artificial materials, why can’t we make our lives a little simpler?

It makes me think of last night when I was getting pizza at a small pizza joint down the street, this guy still only accepts cash or check—luckily the bank’s right across the street and I got some cash out. But there are lot of people these days who don’t even carry cash on them! That’s what gets me. And worse, a lot of people use their smartphones for stuff that doesn’t even have to do with talking to someone! Sometimes, it would just be great to hang on to the past instead of completely boycotting it.

Just think it over—have we really made the world a better place or have we just gotten lazier-minded? I’d like to get your thoughts. I don’t know, I just feel the world has gotten spoiled by a lot of artificial stuff that too many people have forgotten human roots. In the same regard, people shouldn’t have to fear about nudity or to see others simply naked for a non-sexual reason. It’s something to think about—of course everybody’s different, people have different ways of simplifying their lives too, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what we can do to help make the world a better place and in turn, help people better appreciate themselves instead of objectifying their bodies or body parts into something that’s forbidden. Or nature, things that man did not have to make, but have been here from the day God put them on this Earth. There must be a balance.

Well friends, I hope y’all have a great day—hope you enjoy the rest of your Saturday, and #NudeOn!

David B

Good Naked Morning: How Can We Work to Help People Better Understand Naturism?

Good naked morning, friends!

This fall weather up here in my neck of the woods has been kinda weird, but at the same time nice. I was out in a hunting blind yesterday morning and we didn’t see very many deer, I knew it was getting too warm, it’s another 70-degree weekend up here. It feels great while driving around on the job, but it’s not the greatest for hunting, at least not up here—I do pray for the best my friends at the nearby sportsman’s club who are doing their annual Independence Hunt this weekend for the 100% disabled and our vets. It’s also not the greatest weather for allergies, despite being over my recent headcold these changing temps are affecting my sinuses, and making me cough like crazy. But at least I’m not sick anymore, I’m happy about that. And it’s been absolutely beautiful around here, I’ve been taking color tours pretty much every weekend because the autumn leaves are just so beautiful in the forests just outside of town where I live up here in Northern Michigan.

So I was just watching a video not that long ago talking about a British beach town opening their beach up to nudists, and the reporter was interviewing a lot of the locals in town, many of whom were angry about the decision, thinking automatically that it’s all about sex. One complained saying it wouldn’t be right for kids to see—WHY NOT??? It all comes from the long-time myth about nudity being sexual, of course I would not want my kids to see porn or people having sex in public, that’s just wrong. But simple nudity is not about sex—it’s about comfort in your own skin and appreciating whom you really are. And kids are natural-born nudists, I know, I used to love running around the yard in nothing but my birthday suit. If anything, families should better teach their children about the differences between simple nudity and sex—don’t stop your kids from running around nude, I’d encourage it. All this myth about nudity being a bad thing has to do with how people are raised, and the more we raise our kids to think nudity is bad, the more they’re going to believe it.

It makes me think about riding around with one of the volunteers for this Independence Hunt I’ve been filming for work yesterday, in which I was telling him about how much I enjoy the area and how I feel like a lot of the news you hear today all seems to be towards the masses, the majority of US population that lives in metropolitan areas and you next to never hear about rural America. And he was talking about how as part of this hunt, when it comes to driving out to help collect deer and assisting hunters, he doesn’t have a problem with driving back and forth numerous times for miles in the same day, and how he feels from his experience how a lot of city people would go crazy going from place to place for long distances when they have everything right near them. Everybody’s different, and if you’re not familiar with something it can be hard for you to accept something new and really understand it.

And relating back to naturism and how a majority of society doesn’t understand it illustrates this pretty well. That’s why even though I wasn’t raised a nudist, I’m hoping I can raise my children to better accept their bodies, I would definitely encourage a clothing-optional household. If my kids see me nude, it shouldn’t be a big deal. I feel there should be more efforts made to encourage simple nudity, especially showing it more in TV adversiting. I’ve seen ads for humor, like a Serta ad with a guy wanting to be a nudist and his wife’s comfortable with it now that they have their new bed, that ad makes me laugh—we need more ads with simple nudity, and I think that will better demonstrate to the public that simple nudity is not sexual and it shouldn’t be a problem.

And whyever we blur our body parts is ridiculous too—as I’ve said before, this is why there’s such a disconnect for people. Our world has become so sexually generated, much of it from the porn industry making money, people have lost the fact that the male penis and genitalia and the female breasts are just normal parts of the body with a function like any other. If somebody has a problem with seeing a penis on TV and bothering to block it out because that’s a “sexual” body part supposedly, then you might as well blur out the hands, the mouth, the feet, everything. Same with a woman’s breasts and vulva. Obviously I am against the idea of purposely exposing your regional body parts for sexual purpose (which evolves from sexual society’s exploitation of the body), but the sight of a simple naked person shouldn’t be a big deal. I already know I’m straight and I’m interested in women, so the sight of a penis does not bother me. I think guys who do have a problem with seeing a full naked man have some kind of problem with themselves—same with women. If you’re going to bother showing simple nudity on TV, don’t blur it. Simple as that.

It’s still hard for me to open up to people about being a nudist/naturist, and a lot of the times when I do go to my regular club, I simply tell people I’m going to see friends—because that’s what I’m doing. We act just as we do with clothes on, we just feel more comfortable without, but act just as though we would if we were clothed.

Friends, I’d like to get your opinion. What do you think we can do to make strides to help better positively advocate the positives of naturism to the public?

I’ll talk to y’all soon, and have a great day…and #NudeOn!

David B

Good Naked Morning: Sleeping Nude and Promoting Better Health

Good naked morning!

Hey friends, it’s a new morning! Hope y’all slept well last night…and nude, I hope. You know it’s funny, because so many people are so afraid of the human body they don’t realize the best way to sleep is when you’re wearing nothing at all.

I grew up in a family where my parents slept nude, and funny enough we kids wore pajamas to bed. And now, as I’ve gotten older, my parents still sleep nude (although my mom’s more modest about family members seeing each other nude) and now in my own place I sleep nude, which I have learned over the years is truly the best way to sleep. I’ve worn all from warm pajamas to hot gym shorts, and I used to sweat in bed a lot. As I started getting older, I started just wearing underwear to bed. For years growing up, I enjoyed the freedom of being naked, but I was always afraid to do so because of what people would think if they saw me in the nude. Finally, after working as an art model and finding enough confidence in myself to officially proclaim myself a nudist, I started sleeping nude all the time…and since I have never regretted it.

You know it’s funny, because every time on TV you see people sleeping in bed, whether it’s for a sleep-aid, or a bed being advertised on TV the couple is always depicted sleeping with clothes on. It’s like when you see ads for families riding in the car, the kids are always in the back seat, because of course they want to promote safety for children. Or fast food commercials for kids meals and the kids are nowadays always eating healthy apples or mandarins instead of fries, to promote better health. Well I know one reason why they always show people in beds with their clothes on, and it’s because of the common myth about society widely looking on nudity as something sexual and shouldn’t be shown on TV. Well, to me, I just feel like depicting people sleeping clothed in bed is a way of boosting that myth, showing that nudity is bad—isn’t that ironic? If people really want to promote better health, I feel they should promote sleeping naked instead of outlawing it. It’s just like the media makes you think bald eagles sound like red-tailed hawks, just to make their ads or movies look and/or sound more attractive.

Like we all know, the porn industry makes money off of the human body—and many have resorted to the fact that because so many see nudity as something sexual because of what the porn industry has done to make money, that all nudity should be bad and shameful, and it’s just not right. And online you read so many articles nowadays about the benefits of sleeping casually nude, and how it’s truly healthier.

Society has put a big lie on what life is really all about—and because of this people, worry about seeing casual nudity, “Oh am I going to be aroused?” “Oh, you’re naked!” “Whaaaat?” SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, THERE’S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT! And the best way in my opinion to get comfortable with it is to practice simple nudity in your home, and the best way is to lose the clothes and sleep the way nature intended you.

The only thing wrong with nudity is the way people look at it—and because of that, the way people are taught by society to embrace it. Big wake-up call needs to be done, because nudity is not something bad or to be ashamed of, it’s a perfectly normal thing. And you do not need someone with a naïve mind telling you or showing you that sleeping nude is anything more than probably the healthiest way to sleep.

I’ve seen The Doctors talk about sleeping nude, videos from the Discovery Channel, they’ve talked about it on the Today Show on NBC, experts have shown sleeping nude is healthier than sleeping with clothes, so I think if people are going to take the time to advertise things having to do with sleep, show the healthier way of sleeping, with nothing on! And I think this display of simple, non-sexual nudity will help people see being naked really is the better way to live and nothing to fear.

Have a great day friends, and #NudeOn! I will talk to you soon.

David B

Good Naked Morning: Swimming in the Buff and the Good Ol’ Days

Hey friends, good naked morning on this lovely Sunday. Yeah, normally I blog on a Saturday morning, but I was workin’ all day yesterday—almost passed out. For the beginning of fall, these past few days have felt like how July and August should have felt if only we didn’t have such a cold summer. We hadn’t really had a 90-degree day up here in my area of Northern Michigan until really this weekend, THE FIRST WEEKEND OF FALL! I was down filming a local festival, and yesterday I was filming their queens’ pageant which was a good 2 hours out in the scorching sun and I’m in my sweaty polo—my bottle of water I’d been drinking all morning gone, both of my cameras’ batteries were on the verge of dying…and so was I. The pageant started at 10, and didn’t get over ‘til about 12:30, and I felt so sorry for those girls who had to brave the heat changing behind the tarp curtain in the small bandshell. Luckily when it was all over, the concessions were nearby and I got some pizza for lunch and best of all…an ice cold bottle of water! I started feeling a lot better afterwards.

Right on the edge of the park there in Atlanta is the Thunder Bay River, and I was so tempted to jump in for a swim—especially after I got a notification from one of my [textile] friends from a Christian ministry I belong to, he was working all day but took a break to take a cool swim in the river. I was practically green with envy…I so wanted to do the same, but I couldn’t because I was still on the job! Plus I didn’t have my suit…wish I could’ve just swam nude, but knowing the surroundings and how professional I had to be, I JUST COULDN’T!

That makes me think of a couple recent articles I read about recently, about how guys in high school swimming classes used to swim in the nude. Oddly enough, though, the girls had to wear suits that covered almost their whole body—isn’t that ironic? And this one blog I read online from a guy in my home state of Michigan, no less, talks about how his school (back in the 70s) made guys swim in the nude—and this guy tells what sounds like a horror story for him going through the experience. And a lot of it came from his fear of getting a boner…and seeing other guys’ penises flopping around—why seriously has this world taught us that it’s so awful to be naked because somehow it’s got to be linked with sex?! And this kid ended up wimping out of the team. Nowadays, especially on hot days like we’ve had up here in the past couple days, I wish we had nude swimming! My goodness—my high school didn’t even have a swim team, that would be wonderful if only we could have nude swimming back now for public high schools, let alone just public pools and beaches.

I think if people were more exposed to it, they would come to accept that there’s really nothing sexual about simple nudity! Too many people worry about the sexual factor, and just being more exposed to it I think will help many accept it better. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect either—and even naturists like me have our insecurities, and I’m a Republican no less living in a rather conservative area of the state—and I know there are lots of people who still disagree, but I do feel if we truly try we can help people see how great nude swimming is again. We need to have better sex ed classes I feel in schools, which teach kids about that kind of stuff—and better stewards in the media who are more vigilant in what is broadcast on television. You see ED medications being advertised on mainstream TV, and to think in the past that was all kept for safe-harbor hours. And nowadays, it’s all about big companies trying to make that extra dollar in advertising. Not caring at all about the kids in the audiences who could possibly be watching.

It makes me think of the song “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol’ Days)” by The Judds, a classic 80s country song I remembered hearing a girl sing in a local festival pageant a couple months ago (I remembered hearing that song years ago in my dad’s old truck, good old days for me), and about how the woman in the song asks her grandfather about how peaceful the world was and how good and respectful people were back in the day. And don’t get me wrong—there’s been disagreements and crime for years, but why do we seriously have to make our actions go so far they hurt someone else? And nowadays, you see Lady Gaga and how skimpy-dressed she is sometimes, and I remember hearing on the radio when a mother called in voicing concern about her daughter wanting to be Lady Gaga for Halloween…or in one of my college composition classes, my professor talking about how his niece asked him what a disco stick was about after hearing it in one of her songs. Nothing personal towards LG, but I just feel too many kids are being exposed to overly risqué stuff that’s so sexually hyped, people have linked it all towards the naked body and that’s just made simple nudity so much more taboo, in my opinion. This shouldn’t have to happen if we teach our kids how harmless and wholesome simple nudity really is—and the more we all are more exposed to it, I feel the better off we’d be. No matter how liberal or conservative you are, I feel at least swimming naked should be more widely accepted.

I’d like to get your thoughts—what do you think about nude swimming in public schools back in the 70s? Did any of you have experiences with this?

Anyway friends, I hope y’all have a great rest of your weekend, and I will talk to ya soon. Best to y’all, and #NudeOn!

David B

Good Naked Morning: Out of Our Boats

Good naked morning, friends!

Well it’s that time of the year again—the “Summer vacation” season is done, and all the kids are back in school, and the chilly air has come upon us here in Northern Michigan. Fall is just around the corner, and unfortunately a lot of our favorite nudist/naturist destinations are closing for the season. But don’t fret friends, I know next summer’s a long way off, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the colder weather, even if you do have to wear clothes. And you can still visit friends and spend time in the buff at home…just keep in mind, you might have to turn up your thermostat a bit, like me, but I’m still managing.

Matter of fact, since I’ve moved up here for work, I’ve really come to embrace each season in its own way—because there’s unique stuff that goes on each time of the year. So I can’t be nude for it all, especially not for work, but fall is exciting because one, it’s apple season—our local apple farm is back open and I’m actually thinking of getting some hot (and possibly hard some time in the future too from their tasting room) cider again today and one of their famous donuts! Plus it’s hunting season, and I’m looking forward to going back out with my pastor and her hubby and have some better luck out in the blind getting hopefully a buck this year. Plus they’ve been great helping me get out on the water on a couple of our many nearby lakes recently to do some fishing, even though I’ve just been catching little ones–I’d always wanted to get more involved with the outdoors, but I was always afraid to ask before (and didn’t know where to start)! Plus it’s fall festival weekend and I got to try kielbasa for the first time last night over at Posen’s Potato Festival, which is a festival up here every September all about celebrating a long-time legacy of local potato farmers and the area’s major Polish heritage. When I come back tomorrow, maybe I’ll try some polka dancing, despite not knowing much about polka music.

One thing I know—many of my friends are happy to see me get out of my boat, as many of my brothers and sisters from church say. I’ve truly been blessed to find a family that cares about me opening up to all I can experience—many of them know there are still certain foods I don’t like, and things I haven’t tried yet—and just as Jesus said, if you’re willing to follow him to get out of your boat and let go of the things that hold you back. I feel like I’ve slowly been doing just that, continuing every day to try new things and conquer my inner fears that hold me back. Well either way, it’s never too late to try something new—good grief, if I hadn’t been so shy, I could’ve asked one of the lovely ladies in the festival’s royal court for a dance, silly me…at least I tried kielbasa, that was a start, which I’d never tried before—that was a real treat.

Friends, that’s one expression many of us can relate to—many of us who are naturists now weren’t always naturists from the start. Some of us are, but some of us found naturism out of some kind of curiosity, like I did. Many of us grew up in more “modest” families like I did, who had hangups about themselves and were afraid to have anybody see them nude—which is odd, because for instance my mother never used to care when we were kids, but as she got older she became more self-conscious about herself. We all still have our hangups, even as naturists—we are only human. But we can all slowly come more and more out of our boat, conquering our fears and opening our minds to new things, as we help more of society get out of their boats and realize how simple nudity is not anything sexual or anything to be censored or ashamed of.

I mean, like I said I’m not perfect either—there are people I’m still afraid to tell that I’m a naturist, and it’s of course something I don’t talk about in the workplace. But I feel I’ve slowly broke the news to others and in the end I’ve felt much better, sometimes it’s hard to speak up because we’re afraid of what will happen in the end—I come from a family of people whom I feel worry way to much, and because of that I know I worry way more than I really should. But I feel within these past few years I’ve been an official nudist/naturist and just within this time I’ve been able to make a new life for myself as a young adult, I’ve slowly been coming out of my boat (my “comfort zone”) and opening myself up to all the world has to offer. And if we help fellow members of society get out of their boats and see how wonderful simple nudity is, we can all be a happier society. Tell a friend about naturism today, or at least find something new that opens you up to something new and make you a better person. And that happens to be one reason, it just shows, we naturists are happier, because we’ve come to find our simple nudity and imperfect bodies are OK and not as bad as society has made us think they should be.

Friends, have a great day, and hopefully nude if you can. Love y’all, and I’ll talk to ya later—till then, have fun and #NudeOn!

David B

Good Naked Morning: That Don’t Impress Me

Good naked morning friends!

Yeah, I know, it’s a Friday morning instead of my usual Saturday—well fact is, I’m goin’ out of town for the weekend today—after a rough day at work yesterday, I’m glad to finally have a day off, and I’m gonna go down to see my parents for their 30th anniversary…and yeah, I’m gonna be dressed the majority of the time. Well I am looking forward to seeing them, because one I’ve been real busy with work (hence why I haven’t had a Saturday morning blog post in a while), and I just haven’t seen my folks in a while.

OK, I was just literally watching The Today Show this morning, and during the Popstart segment, Sheinelle brings up country-pop artist Shania Twain’s 90s hit “That Don’t Impress Me Much” in which she mentions in the song “OK, so you’re Brad Pitt?…that don’t impress me much!” And it all has to do with a nude centerfold Pitt did for Playgirl magazine, and Shania remembered seeing it in the ladies’ “Playboy equivalent” mag and how much it didn’t impress her, as she says “we see people naked every day.” Well, I got two ways of looking on this issue.

First of all, I remember reading not that long ago in an online article about celebrity nudists, that Brad said in a CNN interview one that he’s “naked all the time at home”—which is great, it’s good to see there are celebrities who are nudists.

Other way I look on it, yeah Shania says, we see naked people all the time, and not all of us are as “handsome” or sexy looking as Pitt, but you know what? That’s OK, too. Because truly, no matter what you look like, man or woman, you are wonderful and you deserve to be happy in the skin you live in. A majority of society seems to dictate in advertising or everyday life what a perfect body is supposed to be—fit, hairless and sculpted, to supposedly feel happy with yourself. It’s not everyday people see somebody who might be overweight, or thin, or what some “high-life” a**holes would consider ugly, and because it’s something we don’t see everyday, it can be hard for some to accept their bodies as they are.

And worse, it’s things like magazines like Playboy (or Playgirl, for the ladies), the porn world, perverts and peer pressure that really hurt people’s looks on the body, and because of that there are so many people afraid to see them nude, especially for a non-sexual reason, and that just isn’t right. So you may have a little excess body hair on ya, you may be overweight, you may be thin like me, whatever breast size or genital size or whatever. God created us each very unique, and he did that for a reason. One thing, wouldn’t life be boring if we were all exactly the same?

The way I see it—every man and woman should be, as our friend Marc has said before, #HappyInUrOwnSkin. Being an art model was a great step for me to gain confidence in myself, in addition to the inner urge I just seemed to have when I was a kid to get naked (but was always afraid to back then, because of people’s reactions), and I really came to accept my body for what it is. So should you, you are awesome just the way you are, and you have every right to be happy in your naked skin just as anyone else should be—it’s you, you’re unique and you’re awesome! Let the real you shine through.

Friends, let’s think body positive—love the skin you’re in, and I hope y’all have a great weekend–naked if you can, or even if you’re dressed like I’m gonna be, still have a great weekend. Plus next weekend I’m looking forward to goin’ back to my regular nude club, Spruce Hollow, for Labor Day weekend! It’s all good. #NudeOn y’all, and I’ll talk to ya soon.

Cheers,
David B

Good Naked Morning: Making the Best Out of Stress

Good naked morning, friends!

It’s another beautiful, sunny Saturday up here in Northern Michigan, and I’m definitely feeling in better spirits than I was yesterday. It’s a great morning to just sit and relax in the nude—and even though I’ve got to get dressed and have things to do later on, at least I can take a few hours this morning to just enjoy the moment.

Believe me friends, I’ve been under a lot of stress lately at work. As some of you might know, I work for a local cable TV station, and summer is our big time—and there’s just been so much going on lately, so many work assignments and things I need to edit back at the office. Today there’s an annual historical reenactment event one of our nearby lighthouses puts on every year, and initially I talked to my co-worker to see if she’d be available to film it, and even though she said yes at the time, she ended up taking off sick today and has to see the doctor. And my schedule has been extra busy lately with editing projects I have backed up, and a couple big things happening next week including our local county fair—well first of all yesterday, I came back from lunch after filming a library presentation yesterday morning, and even though I tried working my best the rest of the afternoon it was hard to focus because my anxiety was kicking in, so as soon as 5:00 hit, I left and went over to see a free concert 25 minutes away in the next town. It was a great evening of Christian music with elements of classic ‘70s pop, country, Motown soul, blues and ‘50s-60s rock-n-roll sounds mixed in—plus I got to talk with some people I knew, including one of my friends from church. Then, of course, I come back, and throughout the day I was trying to get a hold of my co-worker to see if she’d be available because I hadn’t heard from her—her husband, whom also works with me, calls me after I leave the concert, and says she’s sick. I told him initially I’d take care of the filming, but once I returned home, my anxiety got the best (or should I say, worst) of me. I called my parents because I was feeling frustrated about feeling overworked, and while I was on the phone, I basically had an anxiety attack—I was getting shaky and hysterical, crying, and despite being after 10:00 I just had to call my bosses and tell them it was just too much for me, I can’t do this. They understood, they know I have anxiety issues, so they told me just take some time to relax and start fresh on Monday—they told me I shouldn’t have to stress myself as I do, I know I worry way more than I should a lot.

Another thing that added to my anxiety yesterday was watching a video when I got back about an Islamist in England, who wants every woman in England to cover up head to toe, and it should happen in America too. And as this reporter on CBS’s 60 Minutes is interviewing him about democracy and free speech, he asks, if I have freedom of speech, why can’t I tell somebody to cover up and you do as I say? And I love her answer, she says, “that’s absurd!” You cannot dictate other people’s actions, clear as that, that’s a big thing I have to say. That’s one thing I hate—selfish a**holes who are so self-absorbed they can’t accept anybody who isn’t just like them. I mean, don’t get me wrong, we’ve all got things we don’t agree on, everybody’s different, but in sane society, people respect each other for their differences. Matter of fact, recently, I’ve tried ignoring videos like this, just because they get my temper up, in addition to the other anxiety I have in my life. It’s hard enough for me sometimes to even watch network commercial breaks during shows on TV, just because of how overdone a lot of them are and just for how generic and the same they all are, and how much I disagree with how stereotyped a lot of them are or disagree with their message, or just all they do to make the product more attractive with an unrealistic style ad—I just mute the TV and turn my head because the madness becomes too much for me.

This is one reason I’ve come to love naturism—when I lose my clothes and I can interact with fellow naturists, it really helps my stress levels go down significantly. I can forget about work, and all the stuff that gets my dander up if you know what I’m sayin’—and that’s one reason I like writing these blog posts when I have a free Saturday morning.

Matter of fact, a couple weeks ago, as some of you may know, I went down to Spruce Hollow outside Mesick last weekend, and despite low 70s weather I still had a good time. I still got to play some bocce ball, take a swim in the pool and do a lot of chatting—I’m also glad I got to visit an older friend of mine while I was down there, we were chatting for hours! Another thing I just recently learned while talking to my parents on the phone a couple nights ago, an old acquaintance of my dad’s has started becoming interested in nudism after learning his pastor at church was a nudist. His wife’s more of a modest and isn’t exactly keen on the idea, but this guy, a farmer and avid outdoorsman, no less, is interested in trying a resort—so I definitely gave my dad some recommendations, including my regular place, Spruce Hollow. Isn’t it amazing how much you can learn about people?

So friends, I hope you find some happiness in your day, and hope you get some time to relax too…hopefully nude. Even though I’ve got some shopping to do later, there’s another free concert today I think I’ll go to, maybe even take a swim! I’m just going to take my mind off work and relax, things will get better, I know it. It’s going to be 80 here and sunny, so I’m going to make the best of it.

I hope you can too, y’all. Have a great day, and #NudeOn!

All the best,
David B

#YourNudeOnStory: Santana’s Story

Hey friends, we’re back with another edition of #YourNudeOnStory, where we sit down with fellow nudists/naturists, and share their stories as part of our mission of positively promoting naturism and body acceptance. Today, we say hello to Santana in the Netherlands and get to hear her story on getting introduced to the nude life, Santana thanks for joining us.

So Santana, I understand you are still fairly new to the nudist scene—how did it all start for you, what drew you to try naturism from the start? My boyfriend Harmen already was naturist when I met him. He talked with so much enthusiasm about it that he triggered my interest more than I imagined in the first place. So much that it was me that asked him if he could take me to his favourite resort one day.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist? My family reacted pretty calm. They were expecting it I think, because they knew what Harmen meant to me. My father wasn’t happy with our use of personal photos on the internet though. But he’s okay with it now. My best friend didn’t accept it. She was afraid Harmen forced me in to it and that it wasn’t a choice made by myself. Because of this we went seperate ways, but after Jaxson was born we got back in contact, but not as much as before. And then people we don’t know, like some of our readers, they still keep confusing naturism with sex or with the swingers community and randomly ask for ” more “. Something we obviously don’t do.

What do you enjoy most about taking off your clothes? The feeling of total freedom. No annoying clothes when you try to relax on the couch or wet shirts when you’re doing the dishes. Also the wind outside directly on your skin feels amazing

How do you feel your life journey has excelled since you decided to become a nudist/naturist? A lot. First of all it really gave me a lot of body confidence. It also showed me how to respect other people in a different more natural way. It showed me that everybody is the same and it helped me communicating with people.

So I know you and Harmen have a blog together called Bare Thoughts, and I know you have written about some of your experiences as well as Harmen—how did you decide to share your life as a naturist along with him on this blog? Harmen already started his blog and also used photos with my permission in them. He was so full of joy about spreading the message that I was getting excited aswell and shared my story on my personal facebook in dutch. He asked me if it was okay that he was going to translate it to english for his blog. I agreed and that’s how it all started for me.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? Swimming.

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? Flevonatuur obviously. I also like to discover and explore new nude beaches all across the netherlands. And we have a lot of them!

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know? For me personal more confidence. And the people that know me are very positive about how I’m living my life now. Some of them even inspired enough to maybe join us in the future.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism? Just try it to get a correct judgement about it. Being nude isn’t always sexual. You’ll see that when you try it. Don’t judge without trying it out first. You’ll never go back.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add? New comic this week, so stay tuned.

Again Santana, thanks for joining us today. It’s great to hear your story about getting introduced to the nude lifestyle, and really coming to love and embrace it! It’s also great to see how you’ve gone from a non-naturist to inspiring others to try naturism, especially from a female point of view! Again, to see what Santana and our buddy Harmen have been up to, check out their blog–and as Santana mentioned, a new It’s a Naturist Life comic is coming!

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

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