Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What is Beautiful

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Beauty is in ones confidence.
Because comparison is hard to deny. Because having everything isn't what life requires. Isn't what makes life grand. Confidence is where backbone meets beauty bag. Confidence is slippery. It can change like the tide but to own it, that's when most shine brightest.

Beauty is in self reflection.
Because not every day is a good day. Because we all have room for improvement. Because there are times we wish we had spoken differently or listened harder. Reflection is a chance to sort through the what ifs and the could have beens. And raise our heads with a bit more sense, a bit more dignity.

Beauty is found in patience.
Because life takes time. Dreams take nights to develop. And reactions are permanent.
Patience is a weak area for some, myself for sure. The drive to want it now, have it now is powerful and hungry but life's precious moments are in the small times too.

Beauty is in sacrifice.
Because the selfless acts are of the highest gift one can give and beauty shines from there. Whether the sacrifice be as selfless as life or as a shirt off your back. Giving to one another is of the most beautiful gifts.

Beauty is in childs play.
Because the time of innocence was when our personalities were truly developed. We can not go back and change time, we can't erase or improve upon whats been done. But in the times we spend at childs level, taking in the wonder of the world we can tweak any harshness that has built up inside.

Beauty is in taking care of yourself.
Because when we lead by example we are helping ourselves and others watching. Our little ones, our friends will see the difference it makes when we try to take better care of our bodies. The energy and satisfaction that comes from a workout and a healthy meal effect all that's around us. And definitely lends to the feeling of pretty. If you ask when I feel prettiest, this is the time. Of all the ways to show any beauty I hold this is the time I don't feel any fault, a time I push hardest and work both inside and out.

Beauty is in you being your best you.
Because there is no one out there who can do you better than you. Because this world, these relationships, your home, your workplace wouldn't be the same without you. Waking up each day with a smile and good attitude make you beautiful, that's all it takes. And, in the moments you're slipping, frustrated or sad checking back into the "real" you will provide the strength to stay true to all that makes you pretty and beautiful.

Beauty is also in laughter.
Because laughter is contagious. Because laughing feels good. Because laughing sounds funny. And funny sounds make you laugh more. Because smiles are the pretty, and even if your laugh is out of control at times, you're still filled with an expression of sheer happiness. And happy girls are the pretty girls.

Speak Now

When I read this post by Kristine I was moved. And inspired to be a part of the I am Beautiful link up, I felt like this topic was important to me. I checked the clock and knew my time was short to develop a post. I chose to pick through my blog, finding pictures that reflected upon times I felt most happy, most pretty and even times I felt conflicted and was working hard inside to stay pretty. Maybe my post isn't exactly what was in mind for the link up but these are POINTS I consider when I'm doubting my own beauty. And points I see in others that hold true beauty. I always, always look within for beauty. I think we are all beautiful. Beauty has no one size, no one brand. That's what makes beautiful - beautiful.

I think these feelings play a part in the Be All The Way Strong challenge too.

I hope when my boys are grown they understand to look deeper for true beauty. I hope they understand that beauty lies within a woman not just within her makeup bag and walk-in closet. I hope they see curves as lure and sex appeal but consistency and composure as beauty.

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Rachel's Country Roots said...

Love this post..It is BEAUTIFUL! Like what I did

Good luck at the run this weekend too!

Bonnie Cribbs said...

And all this is said by a person with such a beautiful heart...

Great post!

Heather May said...

I think this post was just what i needed today! THANKS FOR SHARING! I realized yesterday after I didn't change out of my yoga pants and gym shoes to go to dinner with my husband that I may need to spend more time on myself. 5 kids, a full time career, and blogging have caused me to forget that "real" clothes and long baths exist. I love the picture of all 3 of you btw!

The Pink Growl said...

LOVE this post! I actually teared up a little!

Rekita Nicole | Her and Nicole said...

beautiful post, Kristine!

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

You exemplify all of those aspects of beauty in this post! LOVE this so much.

Alex[andra] said...

Beautiful words and beautiful pictures. <3

Ashley said...

What a great post thanks for sharing :)

Becca Moss said...

YOU are beautiful! Love this post, how awesome!

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

Great linkup idea! This was a truly beautiful post!

Erin Reissig said...

Great, great link up. Such an awesome post.

BREI said...

Great post and I def think beauty is found in laughter

Jackie said...

This is great and something that I needed to hear :)

Emily B said...

Beautiful and inspiring! We all need a little reassurance sometimes :-)

Meggan Morehead said...

So beautiful :)


Beth // Design Your Dwelling said...

I love it - reading this post made my day! You are such an amazing writer. :)

Jackie said...

Absolutely love this post and agree with each point 100%!

Lacey at Sunny + Turquoise said...

Absolutely love this post right now, you are SO good with words. This itself is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing, I will be revisiting this post over and over.

Jen said...

I love this post so much! You are a beautiful person my friend. :)

Courtney Hinds said...

I loved this post. It is so motivational! You are beautiful! xoxo

Brooklyn McKenna said...

New follower from the Speak Now link up. I love at the end "I hope they see curves as lure and sex appeal but consistency and composure as beauty." We aren't going to be able to perfectly raise children to always avoid things of the world. But we CAN do our best to teach them the difference. You are beautiful my lady!

Sharlee said...

This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL post. Wonderfully written. I love it. Beauty is in all of those things. Love the picture you posted after Beauty is in Sacrifice.

April said...

This post made me smile and tear up all at the same time. :) And then it reminded me that if I'm going to get my workout in tomorrow morning before work I should be getting to bed!

Thank you, friend!!!

Angelique Ouellette-Tower said...

You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest GFC follower from the “Lovely” blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back:

Amanda aka Manda said...

I needed this post today! Thank you! Sometimes we get such a distorted view of "beauty" it's good to have reminders like this!

Monika Ozdoba said...

so cute! xx

Wanna follow each other? Let me know! :)

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

love love loved this :) you are indeed BEAUTIFUL on the inside and out!!!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh I loved reading this, thank you! and Thank you for following me, yippppeeeee!

Adrienne @ BlackWhiteColor said...

Pretty sure no one else could've written that as profound as you did!! Wowzers!! You are such a beautiful person and I'm super in love with the hubs pic and your son. Perfection!!

Leslie McCain said...

Would love for you to share your style sense at the link party I do where we pin all who join

Jen B said...

Love this post!

Sherry said...

Well said! I love this post!!

gayle t. said...

Love this!!! You are beautiful, inside and out!!

Gayle | Grace for Gayle

Janna Renee said...

You are definitely beautiful inside and out, and this post is very inspiring! I loved seeing everyone's take on it ;)

rebeccajh said...

Lovely post darling! Love your blog! Glad you were able to stop by mine:)

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