December 8 - Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different - you'll find they're what make you beautiful.
This prompt was contributed by one of my very favorite bloggers, Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks, whose book, The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit, is on my not-really-real Christmas list. (If I get a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas, it's the book I'm buying with it.) I've really changed my thoughts on beauty this year by really reading and thinking about the things Karen writes.
When she recently asked, "What makes you beautiful?" I responded that I'm beautiful because my husband tells me so every day and I believe him. I don't make excuses or contradict him (usually) and instead just say thank you. Sure, I have my off days - days where a shirt doesn't fit right and I feel fat because of it. But, now, I do look at the shirt and say, "Okay, it's the shirt. I haven't changed so it's not me." I think it takes many people, especially women, a while to get to that point and it feels really good to be here.
My unique (hubby would say "lack of") sense of humor makes me different. My inclination to love "depressing" music over anything else makes me different. And, I'd venture to say that these two things are related. I was a sensitive, slightly outcast, outsider-looking-in, introspective teenager and those years still resonate so strongly with who I am and continue to be.
My past makes me different and makes me beautiful because it's created how I see and enjoy the world.