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Tuesday, December 3

Happy List: Loving on Myself

Thanks to Miss Angie's Weekly Round-Up post on Sunday, I discovered a new blog link-up, The Girl Between the Lines, which is being hosted by Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange and Lauren from The Albrecht's Blog. The idea is to share some "real" information about yourself so that we can get know each other better.

This week's prompt is sharing three things that I like about myself, which I believe goes hand-in-hand with Ricki Jill's My Happy List, so I will be linking this post up there today and to The Girl Between the Lines tomorrow.

So what three things do I love about myself? Well, at the risk of sounding shallow, I'm going to talk about physical features. Here are some physical features of my own that make me happy.

When I started thinking about this post, I was surprised that my feet were one of the first physical features that came to mind. I used to hate my feet because they are so big. I wear a size 10, and especially when I was in college and felt like I towered over all my female roommates and that my shoes looked like boats next to their cute little size 6 and 7 sandals. What a funny insecurity to have.

 I can thank jujitsu for getting over this insecurity. I can remember that the Mister has treated me to massage with our sensei years before training, and he made a joke to our sensei about my big feet being ugly. Our sensei said they were beautiful and that having big feet was an attribute because I had a better connection to the earth. I don't think either I or the Mister have looked at my feet as anything other than beautiful since.

So some of you may know that my mother passed away when I was in high school, and because we moved from Michigan to the Carolinas when I was about 10 years old, I didn't get to spend much time with her in the years before she passed away. Sometimes, it's hard to feel like I have a lot of connections to her, but I got her hands.

My mom's sister who is my godmother tells me that my hands look just like my mom's, that we both have piano players' hands (though I don't play the piano). It's nice when I have those days where I'm particularly missing my mom to look down at my hands and be reminded that I have a piece of her with me all the time.

For years, I was self conscious about my smile because I didn't have braces when I was a kid and my teeth were slightly stained and that my front teeth were too big. You know what I've discovered since then? Nobody else notices that stuff.

I now love my smile, and it's a pleasure to hear that other people says that my smile is so friendly. My father-in-law recently told the Mister that he loves to see photos where I'm smiling really big because he think I have such a beautiful smile. I think we all need to remember to smile more often because we never know who's day we might brighten.

Our wedding photos were taken by the awesomely talented Chi from Chi Photography. See more of our wedding and engagement photos.
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18 comments:

Aubrey S. said...

Your wedding photos are beautiful! And your feet are too! LOVE that, better connection to the earth!

Aubrey S. said...

Thanks, friend. It's much easier on the heart to love our bodies than dislike them.

Aubrey S. said...

You are beautiful!

Aubrey S. said...

Hahaha, so funny that we chose the same song! I love this one!

Aubrey S. said...

Those are such great links! Thanks for sharing and being an awesome host!

Aubrey S. said...

You're sweet. Thank you!

Aubrey S. said...

You are absolutely the most adorable thing....I am over from My Happy List and so glad to know you. I am linking up to follow along. :)
xo bj

Aubrey S. said...

GREAT happy list! You have long fingers and toes, and I was told from a young age that this symbolizes inner grace....yay! I love what you sensei said about having large feet, too. And your smile is fantastic because you smile with your whole face- it brightens every photo! :)

Aubrey S. said...

You are too kind. I like the idea of inner grace symbolized by long fingers and toes. Have a great day!

Aubrey S. said...

Thank you! I'm glad we can be bloggy friends.

Aubrey S. said...

I love this! It's so sweet that you can look at characteristics you got from your mom and fondly remember her! By the way, your rings look amazing in that picture!! Thanks for joining us this week! :)

Aubrey S. said...

You have a gorgeous smile! And I really loved reading about you today. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog! :)


Best,
Danielle
http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

Aubrey S. said...

Visiting from the link up, I absolutely love the way you wrote this point. It is so great to be able to take things that you used to feel self-conscious about and turn them into things you love!

Aubrey S. said...

What a beautiful way to look at your feet! So sweet :)

Aubrey S. said...

You are so cute!! And I LOVE the part about your hands being like your mom's. What a beautiful reminder when you miss her!! Thanks for linking up this week- I look forward to getting to know you more!! :)

Aubrey S. said...

When I first started reading your post I thought for sure she'll say her smile because it's gorgeous. How in the freakin' world could you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile??? :/


I love posts like this because we women are always hyper-critical of our physical features. This is soooooo positive. LOVE THIS POST!!! It's made me happy!


xo,
RJ

Aubrey S. said...

I love this! I have always been insecure about my feet (for a different reason), but they look like my grandmother's, so maybe I can learn to love them for that!

Aubrey S. said...

Aw thanks for sharing! It was such a strange experience...so different from football and basketball. And don't you just love all the ideas in Lil' Lunas list? It's about time to start getting crafty for the holidays =)

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