Regarding Suffering: Perspective Without Comparison

How does a person honor their own struggles and those of others without diminishing either?

This is a question I've been asking myself for quite sometime now.

Having a "medical" child, I have been exposed to the stories of other families and therefore I'm painfully aware that many of them are having a harder time than us.

Posted on January 28, 2016 .

My Year to Rise Strong

One of my beautiful sisters gave the rest of us a key necklace with a word stamped on it for Christmas. Each one had a word she chose specifically for the recipient. The word she chose for me was, "strong".

Posted on January 7, 2016 .

The Mirrors Inside

The inner critic. That voice that sometimes seems to hound us with doubts, fear, shame. That tells us we aren't good enough, or ready enough, or loving enough. We're too selfish, too much of a doormat. Where's your backbone? Can't you just relax a bit? You spend too much time on (fill in the blank). Why are you so (fill in the blank). It's never satisfied.

Posted on February 27, 2015 .

Mirror, Mirror...The Self-Image Conundrum

I have been reading a book by Madeleine L'engle (If you don't know who she is, look her up. Seriously). The book is called A Quiet Circle and it's essentially a compilation of experiences, thoughts and musings. In this book she talks about self-image and her words created what I call a "zing effect" in my whole self. Share them I must.

First she talks about the dangers and repercussions of self-image. The idea that in giving someone an "image" of them self, they can miss out on the "reality" of who they are.

Posted on January 21, 2015 .

Quotables

A quick, middle of the week source of inspiration involving a quote or saying I hope will help you feel better about yourself, others, and life. And probably some that will make you laugh. Enjoy!

Posted on July 16, 2014 .

It Isn't About the Makeup

Some people have very strong ideas either for or against cosmetics. There are those who think that cosmetics and beauty products are feeding the insecurities and narcissism prevalent in our society, as well as contributing to the repression of women. (Men don't wear makeup, why should we? Some men do in fact wear makeup. Just not the way we do and it isn't advertised.) Then there are others who think makeup is a way to express oneself and enhance their features, or who wouldn't be caught without their makeup on, even at home. And there are people who feel neutral about the whole issue. We all fall somewhere on the spectrum and none of us are necessarily "right" or "wrong".

Posted on June 2, 2014 .

Beauty Ads and You - Who Has The Real Power?

It seems that everyday I see at least one post, if not more, on Facebook discussing the issue of beauty advertisements and fashion magazine spreads. How harmful they are and how deceptive they are. We're becoming more aware and I think that's a good thing. This is my take on the whole issue.

Posted on May 20, 2014 .

My Everyday Beautiful

I was going to write this post yesterday, but ran out of time. (You know how that goes). I felt it was important to pay tribute to my little family that has made it possible for me to be a mother. They are also the ones who can help me feel beautiful on those rough days. Who remind me what being beautiful is truly about.

Posted on May 12, 2014 .

It's About Beauty...True Beauty: My Motivation

Every day we are exposed to messages from advertising, media, maybe even people we care about, telling us what it takes to be beautiful. We can feel inadequate, unattractive, and ashamed of our bodies and ourselves simply because we can't achieve the arbitrary and unrealistic standards others have chosen for us.

This needs to end. We need to take back the definition of beauty for ourselves and set our own standards. Rediscover the truth of what beauty really is and that it doesn't look the same for everyone. To love and accept ourselves as we are and strive to be better versions of ourselves, not someone else.

Posted on May 11, 2014 .