A little activity has been making the rounds on Facebook lately where people are challenged to find and display 5 photos of themselves that they feel beautiful in. I’m nothing if not a rampant follower, so it sounded like a good idea for a blog post. I have been enjoying watching friends participate-what makes them feel beautiful is often not about the perfect selfie, a good hair day, or the right pose. They’re feeling beautiful as parents, as athletes, even as bed headed nappers. So, I thought it would be a fun blog to post-I’ll play too!
First thing I thought of was a photo of me with one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve been a dog lover as far back as I can remember. I had to beg and plead with my boyfriend at the time to let me get Foster, and he’s made me smile literally every day since he came home with me. My love of dogs has led me to rescue strays, return lost dogs to their owners, and coax many shy dogs into loving me. Whenever I’m with a dog, I’m reminded how simple and uncomplicated their world view is and how we as humans could totally benefit from being a more like them.
So, I’d normally never think that a blurry photo of me crawling out of a gross lake in Iowa would make me feel beautiful. But any time I feel like I can’t do something-run another mile, figure out what’s broken at work, deal with something emotionally heartbreaking-I just have to remind myself that I’m a frigging half ironwoman. I can run half marathons, do triathlons, bike stupid far distances. And suddenly my current problems don’t seem so bad. Strength is beauty, and I’ve never felt stronger than I did approximately 5 hours after this photo was taken and I was done with the race.
Oh, yeah, I was a damn cute little girl. I don’t think I’ve smiled with that lack of inhibition since I entered grade school. As a shy kid, I got intimidated and inhibited pretty quickly by all of the other kids, and I’ve never been quite able to fully shake that and just be purely myself anywhere but at home.
I’ve never felt as beautiful on the OUTSIDE as I did on my wedding day. Good friends around me taking care of my hair & makeup, the excitement of so many friends and family coming to share in our day, the excitement of showing Jeff the dress and putting the ring on it. This photo was taken during my slow descent of the stairs before allowing Jeff to turn around and see me in my dress, and I think it shows our feelings for each other and how we felt that day.
I said before that I rarely feel as much like myself as I do at home. Well, I’m at home with Jeff, and anywhere we’re together I’m a little more relaxed. This is the two of us landing in Italy during our honeymoon. The excitement, the glee, and the anticipation is pretty obvious. Plus, we’re goofy as heck. This is me in my happiest state as an adult.
Have you done the 5 photo thing?
Do you feel more beautiful (handsome, pretty, whatever) when doing something you love, being with those you love, or having your appearance fixed up just right?