my face of beauty

Posted: August 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

Can I say how nice it felt to sleep in over an extra hour this morning? Because it did. Phenomenal actually. Although it did put me a bit behind in getting some things done. I’ll live and the world won’t collapse, so I’m cool with it.

For now, I want to share something my good friend Heather started recently. Her Faces of Beauty site. The site highlights women and why they believe in their beauty. Each post shows a gorgeous woman (because we are ALL gorgeous) with little to no make-up on and her statement of beauty. As this week will start the 30 Days of Self-Love, I feel compelled to share in positive affirmations of all forms. I hope you do as well and give her site a look. Then send your own image in! I already did mine!

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My past has scars. Scars of not knowing how to love myself or even the belief that I should. These scars cloaked me until I was no longer visible. I masked my pain with an overwhelming need to control food and punish myself with excessive workouts. I cried myself to sleep so many times that my dreams lost their sense of peace and blurred with the nightmare of my hurt.

Somewhere along the way, though, the blindfold fell off. Something embraced me, solidified me, and showed me the true me. I began awakening each morning to take in the presence of this new sense of self. Those quiet moments helped to reaffirm my beauty. And now I know...

I am beautiful because God created me. I am beautiful because I have purpose, worth, and value in this world. I gave life to my children and the unconditional love that resides within me makes me beautiful too.

I am beautiful because I exude strength. I conquered depression, binge eating, anxiety, and hatred of my body. I am beautiful because I can forgive - myself and the person who caused much of my suffering. I am beautiful because I can lift weights, spin, kickbox, and sweat - pregnant or not.

I am beautiful because challenges do not stop me. I follow my passions to wherever they lead me - from self love challenges on my blog to sharing God's love with friends or strangers. I am beautiful because I am me. No one can take that away, so why on earth would I allow myself to do so? Love you for who you are. YOU are beautiful too!

Please check out the Faces of Beauty!!!

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Update on the 30 Days of Self-Love - It’s coming! Day after tomorrow.Let’s get excitement flowing again! :D I sent out an email to all who commented on the “Are you in?” post. If you did not receive an email and would like to get the same information I will be sending out to others please let me know below with a comment.

  • What makes you beautiful?
  • Do you get stressed when you feel behind schedule or are you able to go with the flow? I typically stress myself, but today I knew I needed the rest and refused to let it bother me.

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46 Comments to “my face of beauty”
  1. Awesome post! I am beautiful because I put my heart and soul into everything I do.

  2. BEAUTIFUL post… I love the idea of perseverance that you touched on with “I am beautiful because challenges do not stop me.”

    I’m totally behind on my schedule today and I must admit, it’s stressing me out a bit… AHH, but you’re right, the world won’t stop spinning because of it :)

    • Tina says:

      Hope you’re feeling a bit less stressed. I admit that as the day goes on and I realize all I have to do its becoming more difficult for me. Let’s keep our cool together. ;)

  3. Beautiful!

    Love this line..

    I am beautiful because I have purpose, worth, and value in this world.

  4. Kristie says:

    Do you think you could add me to the people who get information on this 30 days of self-love? I like it!

    I am beautiful because I love – myself, others, animals, food… yeah, the list could go on :) .

    I used to get stressed when I would feel behind schedule but I was so busy my last year of college that I had to let go of that and just do what I could – otherwise I’d waste time being stressed!

    • Tina says:

      I have you added! You should get an email sometime tomorrow and then quick email including the links to the daily posts after that. :)

  5. Dorry says:

    I definitely am prone to get stressed – I’ve gotten a lot better and Billy helps with his laidback, calming nature. I try to remember that it’s never the end of the world situation that I’ve made it out to be in my head. :)

  6. i love you posted this today…and i got your email about the 30 Days of Self Love last night and just got so excited!

    i am beautiful because everything about the way that i look shows that i have LIVED! i look like my parents, I’m developing smile lines from, well, SMILING. i love the way i look, and no longer see an enemy in the mirror, but my best friend :)

    • Tina says:

      Love your beauty reasons. You seriously make me smile every time I see a comment, email, chat, tweet, whatever from you! :)

  7. Nichole says:

    You look amazing, inside and out. Beautiful story!

  8. Angela says:

    What a great post – I love Heather’s site. I want to submit a picture but I’m waiting for things to slow down at work.

    I’ve dealt with very similar issues of not loving myself or thinking I was pretty enough. I accepted that I would never be a beautiful person. And then I grew up. I realized that I’m beautiful because I’m honest. I’m generous (to a fault). I’m nurturing and caring. When you love an care for others you can finally love yourself in return. It took forever for me to realize that.

    I’m a total stress case, at home, at work, in life. Ahhh! It’s so hard for me to relax. My BF does a pretty good job at calming me down though – he doesn’t stress over a thing!

  9. Tina you are beautiful and thank you for sharing this post with us! I am so looking forward to 30 Days in Sept — I will definitely be blogging about it a bit tomorrow just to make sure I let my readers know about it.

    I got your email and I am fine with communicating that way, so keep em coming!

    • Tina says:

      Yay! Thank you for all your support and excitement. I get more and more excited when I hear other people are looking forward to it.

  10. Gorgeous Face of Beauty, Tina :) You’re so strong and it’s all so inspiring!

    I’m beautiful because I don’t fall into peer pressure. I stick to my guns and stay true to myself, no matter what. :)

  11. I love this post!! You are gorgeous!!!

    I can’t wait for Wednesday!!!!

  12. Holly says:

    Tina, you are beautiful!! :-) I loved reading all of the positive things you love about yourself. Too many times I think we all focus on the negative (I know I do), and maybe that’s why we feel the need to “hide” behind makeup? Thank you for such a beautiful reminder!

  13. Love love love this post. I wish I could hug you right now. You are such an inspiration to me. I know I have a long way to go with learning to love myself for the way I am, flaws and all.

    • Tina says:

      Remember something…I love you. I think you are a wonderful, strong woman and you deserve to feel that confidence in all you do! :)

  14. This is such a beautiful post! I love Heather’s new website!

  15. You are so strong – love visiting your site – you just put yourself out there and I admire that. Best part: “I am beautiful because I am me. No one can take that away, so why on earth would I allow myself to do so?” AGREED! Love it. :)

    I tend to stress myself out if i’m off schedule during the week. I get very sad when i can’t do everything I want to do in a day! LOL

  16. Ameena says:

    Tina – you are gorgeous without makeup. Seriously.

    I get so stressed out when I am behind schedule! Like I am right now. And yet I am not working but blogging instead. My priorities are very messed up, aren’t they?

  17. janetha g. says:

    yesss.. i love the new site heather created! you are gorgeous and i LOVE your face :)

  18. Mark says:

    Although I am a naturally positive person, I do get stressed quite easily. There’s a running joke that I hate having any sort of a todo list. I like everything to be done yesterday, and when it’s not, I stress.

    I’m not talking about important things either. It’s not like I wake up with the burden of having to tackle climate change or secure world peace :)

  19. That sounds like such a good idea! Such a beautiful picture of you too x

  20. Heather says:

    I missed out! e mail me email me!

    • Tina says:

      I’ll be sure to add your email so you can get tomorrow’s with the list of topics. The last email was basically a “test” one. :) Thanks for letting me know you need to be added.

  21. homecookedem says:

    LOVE your face of beauty post!! You ARE so beautiful – inside and out!! :)

    I usually get stressed out when I get behind schedule, but I’m trying to be more aware of it and just go with the flow now that I’m pregnant. Don’t want to stress out my little boy!! ;)

  22. “I am beautiful because I exude strength. I conquered depression, binge eating, anxiety, and hatred of my body. I am beautiful because I can forgive – myself and the person who caused much of my suffering. I am beautiful because I can lift weights, spin, kickbox, and sweat – pregnant or not.”

    Beautiful photo and beautiful words! I love both the idea of Faces of Beauty and 30 Days of Self-Love. Self-love seems to be the most difficult to attain!

  23. Gorgeous! I really love how you state that you are beautiful because you can forgive…that’s such a profound statement and something that is SO very hard to do. Thank you for the reminder.

  24. I didn’t see an e-mail from you, but I want to stay up to date!

  25. Becky says:

    I love Heather’s new site. The faces really do exude true beauty.

    I am typically the stressing type. I’m a planner at heart. I have to focus really hard on keeping calm when things are outside of my control.

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  27. Jess says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Sooo in line with where I’m trying to go now that Operation Beautiful has slapped me upside the head pretty hard. I have issues. I realize this. I do the fat-talk thing…more than I even realized until I tried to quit the habit cold turkey. Already failed miserably. So it’s baby steps time. I’m trying to find the beauty in me in one little way every day. Today? I see beauty in my strong legs that are nicely tanned from the beach this weekend. My tummy that seems awfully bloated today? Trying very hard to embrace it as who I am – a woman with curves!! Thanks for this Tina, needed it tonight…and damn girl, you are beautiful just the way you are. :)

    • Tina says:

      It’s still something I have to take day by day too. Which is why I feel so strongly about the 30 days. I can certainly tell a difference when I don’t reflect on some positivity of self at some point in the day. You are beautiful too lady!

  28. ashleigh says:

    What a touching post. You are truly beautiful inside and out.

  29. Kristy says:

    Yay! Excited for the 30 days of reflection to begin!

  30. I’ve only been reading your blog since you did the guest post for operation beautiful, but I love it. As someone who has struggled with faith and definitely taken some strange turns, I appreciate your openness and honesty.

    But back to this post. It made me almost cry – I loved the “I am beautiful because God created me…. -pregnant or not” part. And you’re absolutely right, you’re totally beautiful! :)

    • Tina says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! And also for the comment. I can’t wait to go check out your blog and connect with another friend through blogging. Have a wonderful day!

  31. I definitely want to participate!

    I feel beautiful when I am glowing with happiness. This is especially true when I am hanging out with good friends, family, and my now fiance. (o:

    I am the kind of person who gets stressed very easily, but I am trying to get out of that.

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