Real Simple magazine has an article in the April issue entitled, What Makes You Feel Beautiful? Different writers take turns describing events, people, and things which contribute to an inner feeling of beauty. Since all of us in the home blogging world share a passion for beauty, I thought it would be fun to take a moment to ponder what makes us feel beautiful.
Here are some things that are helping me feel beautiful these days:
1200 Calories: I am currently on a 1200 calorie diet right now, and it is already helping me feel more in control of myself and better about my weight. I’ll blog more about it at a different time, but I have dropped about five pounds so far without depriving myself of things I want to eat. It’s working for me.
Lovely pajamas: I love lingerie. I just feel better about myself when I have a cute undergarment wardrobe to choose from. It has to be comfortable if I’m actually going to be wearing it for any length of time (snicker, snicker, wink, wink). So each night, I’m typically sleeping in something similar to what pretty lady in yellow has going on.
Spa in a bucket: I really want a spa day but my budget does not allow for such luxuries. Instead, I have been treating myself to spa items on clearance at B.J.’s. (Somehow just writing that last sentence makes it seem so-not-beautiful!) However, I have a lovely bathroom with a fantastic jacuzzi tub, and I have been taking full advantage of my fun, yummy smelling, cheapo spa items!
Ruffles: I own two white ruffley blouses and I always feel beautiful in them. They are flirty and feminine and look fantastic when worn with jeans.
My man: Matt gets me. He gets my humor and my moodiness. He loves my laugh and he laughs at my jokes. He forgives my many foibles and he encourages me to be me. He appreciates my mind and challenges my thinking. He compliments my total beauty, he lights my inner fire, and I feel all aglow in his presence. I love him.
You: I continue to be humbled and amazed by the encouraging comments and emails I receive from readers. Some of the most amazing emails come from those of you who don’t own your own blog. You have reached out to me to let me know that you’re praying for me, to check on me, to ask me to pray for you. You have shared with me your heartaches, your secrets, your hurts and asked my advice. You have delighted in something I’ve done and taken the time out of your day to let me know. A few of you have let me know that you read my entire blog in one sitting (God bless you for that one)! You have filled my emotional tank when it was running on fumes. Thank you.
Water: The women in my family are emotionally attached to bodies of water. It can be a river, a lake, a waterfall, or a sea, but just don’t take us away from the water. I feel most alive and connected to God when surrounded by water. Better yet, give me water AND mountains and I will be on a spiritual high for weeks! It’s my favorite beauty drug. Gotta have some water to look at!
My boys: Looking at the little people my boys are being molded into under my care makes me feel spiritually beautiful. It is a beauty I couldn’t ever have imagined before. Motherhood is certainly filled with it’s days of unglamorous monotony, but the spiritual lessons these little rascals teach me is so worth it.
My home: I love my home. I love having people over and celebrating life within its walls. I love to connect here and relax here. It’s an evolving reflection of me and my own growth. It’s a sacred space for me and truly makes me feel beautiful.
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