When ModlyChic mentioned hosting a series of posts having women write about how they are beautiful just as they are I was really excited, I wish more women could truly see just how beautiful they are. I gladly accepted the challenge but then when it came time to write all I could think of was all the things I loved about my beauty pre-children and pre-Graves Disease. But that is exactly the point right? Finding the beauty where I am right now. So here goes….
As a teen I felt awkward and often uncomfortable in my own skin. In college I discovered a love of fashion and self. Then I had kids and my body changed a lot., but I was ok with that as it mostly went back to the same as before. Then I developed Grave’s Disease and my body changed even more. My skin changed, may hair changed and my moods changed. I no longer felt like me or that I knew my body at all. Products that once worked so well no longer did and things I knew about myself no longer held true. It was a long process of acceptance, surgery and medicines but I have gotten to know this new body and this new me, not that I don’t miss the old, but mourning the past is wasting the now so I choose to move on. Having an amazing man by my side has helped tremendously as has my faith.
I am thankful for my eyes and my long lashes. My eyes have always been my favorite feature and the thing I accented on my face. Then I was diagnosed with Graves Disease and started having all kinds of eye health issues. I could no longer wear contacts and my eyes often appeared very irritated making me want to no longer draw attention to them. I have since made peace with my eyes and am back to loving them again, flaws and all. Some days it easier than others but finding peace with my appearance is what matters most.
I am thankful for my height. I am tall for a girl, I have been this tall since 6th grade where I towered over all the girls and most of the boys. I made peace with this years ago and it is still one of my favorite things, I love being tall and I even love wearing high heels. I just married a tall man who has no issue with my height even it I can be a smidge taller than him in really high heels.
I am thankful for my body in all it’s flaws. I have given birth to 5 little miracles and it has taken a toll on my body. Number 5 was not my friend and I started to gain the lasting physical marks of pregnancy. At first I really stressed about this especially the varicose veins, but I have come to accept them (embrace is a bit much). They are a reminder of the sacrifices I made to enrich my life so deeply with my amazing kids. I will never love them but I also don’t need to be ashamed of them. Just as I never give veins on legs a second glance on other women I trust they feel the same way about me. So I’ll keep wearing skirts veins and all and not give it a second thought.
Embracing your beauty exactly where you are can be a real challenge but I challenge you to do it anyway. Write your own post or just share in the comments what is beautiful about you? What beauty are you thankful for? I would love to hear so get sharing!