I Was Beautiful in 2013


Beautiful – excellent of its kind. wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.

I never knew that I didn’t know who I was. Or maybe I always knew, but there was so much emotional junk that needed to be removed for me to finally embrace who I am. As I have been on this path of emotional recovery and healing, I have discovered who I am. I am continually discovering who I am. The challenge I have found on this journey to my true-self, is acceptance. Since I have been in denial about my authenticity for so long, the challenge is loving myself and having the courage to share that authenticity with others.

This process of self-discovery has been a definite bumpy road. It has not and is not easy. Part of the reason is because I have had to accept the imperfect, less than the best parts of me as a path to learning that is a part of me as well. My ideal self makes all the right decisions, doesn’t make mistakes, performs at the top of her game, and is good all the time. But discovering who I am has not been just about discovering the good parts. It has been about learning and trekking slowly toward accepting my weaknesses and areas of growth. It’s about accepting the places that do not look so good along with the parts that look great and realizing it makes an awesome package.

This authenticity…the integration of the good and the bad, yes, I have come to the conclusion is quite beautiful.

The word beautiful – I believe is an active process. At first glance, something beautiful means that it is pleasing to the 5 senses; specifically what is pleasing in front of the eyes. While that may be a part of it, I believe that there are quite a few not so beautiful moments that lead a person, place or thing to being beautiful.

Beautiful has been my theme for 2013 because I have finally “seen it” within myself. I believe that I am beautiful…even if it is not affirmed or confirmed by anyone else.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller

There have been several not so beautiful moments or feelings that I have had to peel away. And in doing so, I have had a glimpse of my beautiful core. And now that I’ve seen it, I have something to reach for and remember on those days when external forces try to overshadow my beauty.

My hope is that everyone get that same glimpse of “beautiful” within themselves as we go forward to a new year. Thank you to everyone who has been with me, continued with me, and are just starting with me on this journey. I look forward to more “beautiful” to come.



5 thoughts on “I Was Beautiful in 2013

  1. It is a wonderful thing to wake up, look in the mirror and finally see the person you are. Dispite the less perfect in you but still accepts that part of you and realize the whole of you is beautiful. Now the trick is to see that same person in the mirror everyday. Because there will still be ugly days. This is a great way to face not only the day but also the coming year. I hope you also see all the beauty around you. Have a happy, healthy and beautifully blessed New Year. 🙂

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