Friday, October 14, 2011

I Am Beautiful (My 100th Blog Post!)

I overheard a really lovely conversation at the Barnes & Noble cafe the other day. It went something like this...

Barista: Look who it is! Isn't she beautiful?
Customer: Yes I am!
Barista: Oh, you're so conceited!
Customer: I'm not conceited; I just know the truth.

Now this was a completely playful and fun conversation, but that last statement was actually really profound. Why is it considered conceited to acknowledge and proclaim your own beauty?

For most of my life, I was so confused about my own sense of beauty. People always used to tell me I should be a model, and I honestly thought they were completely out of their minds! I must have had a mild case of body dysmorphic disorder. I actually thought it was very bad and wrong to feel beautiful. I even had a hard time naming this post! I think we should all celebrate our own beauty and uniqueness no matter what other people might think or say. If they are being judgmental, they need to look at themselves and ask why.

It's interesting because this very topic was discussed on Oprah's Lifeclass and on the live webcast with Cheryl Richardson afterwords. Cheryl was telling everyone the interesting and unique practices she does, like looking in the mirror and proclaiming things like, "How'd you get to be so cute!" She also has an app on her iPhone that she programs with loving messages to herself that she receives every hour. I love it!

I think Cheryl must be doing something right because, first of all, she's sitting with Oprah teaching a world wide class! Also, she has written a book with the wonderful Louise Hay ("You Can Create an Exceptional Life"). She has written many bestselling books, and she also does lots of speaking engagements.

I was really inspired by this, and I'm also feeling grateful because it also ties into my previous post about the power of I AM statements. I love how everything is coming together!

So the next time you want to proclaim your own beauty and magnificence, just remember that you're simply proclaiming the truth. And when you proclaim the truth, you inspire others to do the same.

(By the way, this is my 100th post and I'm very excited and proud of my blog! I mostly do this for me, but I also know that some people read it, and so I love knowing that I'm uplifting at least one person's day. I have so many stories in my head that are just ready and waiting to be expressed!)

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