Beautiful…finally!

 Reading this woman’s experience (article link below) made me cry…

…cry because even though I have never been what most women would call overweight, I have obsessively struggled to be and remain “thin” my entire life. Like this woman, I have bought into the worldview of what “beauty” looks like and found myself lacking. 

         But the last 2 yrs as I struggled with an injury, not able to physically exercise much and gained 10 lbs, along with seeing the signs of an aging body, I have come to accept myself more.  I have come to realize and accept that I have EARNED every single one of my “dimples”, “sags”, “wrinkles”, “dark spots”, “age spots”, etc.  Like the wonderful, beloved-by-her-children woman in the article below, I have loved my children, have romped with them, have sacrificed for them, have laughed and cried with them, have held them, spent TIME with them, and did my very best to LOVE them as a Mommy should. 

         And like this beautiful woman, these characteristics and joyful givings from my heart have made me beautiful. They have made my life beautiful.  YES, I can say that now – I am beautiful – with the kind of beauty that matters. Who cares if I don’t wear a size 2 or 4 anymore, or if my abs are flat, or if I still have a nice thigh gap – being obsessed over being, having and keeping those things doesn’t allow enough time to love my children properly every day and be an attentive, giving partner for my husband. Besides – my husband likes curves!

         So, now that I’ve learned a few super important lessons, like this gorgeous, wonderful woman in this article, I choose to be truly beautiful and concentrate on the things that are realistically and ultimately important: my kids, my husband, and the special people in my life who add so much beauty and grace to it.  And the time left over after I have loved them each as they deserve will be devoted to being as physically healthy and fit as I can be. 

         True beauty is what is on the inside – the characteristics of the heart.  And the most beautiful of these is truly loving and giving love to those who are around us.  Exterior physical beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is just icing on the cake!

         And we all know that cake doesn’t have to be beautifully decorated to be delicious

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Ebeye, Marshall Islands Time with the girls!

Ebeye, Marshall Islands
Time with the girls!

Here we go!!

Here we go!!

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Frankenstein Room

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6 thoughts on “Beautiful…finally!

  1. Pingback: Beautiful…finally! | a Word with Mindy

  2. I love your cake analogy 🙂 I really do think beauty flows from the inside out not the outside in. Looking forward to reading more in the future! And PS, I think you’re beautiful on the outside too!

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      • Mindy,
        Of course! You deserve them. I think the biggest battle we have to face with beauty is self-doubt. I’m so happy to hear you have found the meaning of beauty–no matter how long it took! Some will go to the grave never feeling beautiful. That is such a shame! Here is to many more beautiful years! 🙂
        Emily

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  3. Reblogged this on a Word with Mindy and commented:

    Have you bought your beautiful, new Easter outfit yet? While I was contemplating buying a new, beautiful “church” outfit this weekend, I thought, once again, about being, looking, feeling beautiful. I thought about all the lovely new Easter hats, shoes, dresses and suits that would be proudly sported as we collectively gather to celebrate Jesus’ triumphant resurrection. And I began to panic! Panic, because because I knew I would probably have to go UP a size when trying on all those lovely, new fashions to complete my beautiful, new “Easter” outfit.

    But then I thought back to this article and my promise to myself to always remember the true beauty we ALL possess. And then my panic receded and was replaced with a huge smile!
    I hope as you read my re-post below, you will find your beautiful smile too – and then go out and sport YOUR true beauty for all to see!

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