Saturday, June 25, 2011


Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~Kahlil Gibran

To the right is a picture of me. A picture of which I am honestly not all that fond.

I am not wearing even the tiniest bit of hair is wind-tossed and blown out of proportion by humid summer winds.

It's not my best look. Not even a little bit.

Normally, I would never even consider posting a picture such as this one for all the world to see. 

However, there is a reason behind this strange behavior.


The above jumble of letters stands for People Are Imperfect Campaign For Bloggers Who Are Awesome -- a truly brilliant idea started by Olivia and her simply spectacular blog, Of Horsefeathers

The concept? To embrace ourselves as truly beautiful and imperfect women.

The challenge? To post a photograph of ourselves with all the external "beautifiers" stripped away. 

To be entirely real.

I will be entirely transparent and say that I am a very insecure individual. There are so many things I dislike about many things that, if given the chance, I would take away or add in a heartbeat. 

I struggle to love myself....and as such, I struggle to let myself be loved by others, even those who look me deep in my eyes and whisper "you're beautiful" every single day. 

In my own eyes, my own beauty is non-existent. 

And so, I war with myself.

But this is a step for me.

Perhaps a small step...maybe even more of a two-inch wiggle. 

But it's movement forward. 

Sans makeup...sans styling.

One tiny step at a time.

I'm learning to love me.

I'm learning to be imperfect. 

I don't like standard beauty - there is no beauty without strangeness.  ~Karl Lagerfeld


  1. Good for you! It's amazing how much blogging has helped my self confidence and not to be afraid to be who I am inside!
    You look adorable in that pic by the way! =)

  2. I love this, I would like to do it too :)

  3. this is something that's been on my mind alot lately too...i hadn't read about anyone else doing it yet though. i'm not sure if i'm quite brave enough to yet...maybe i will have to work up to it :P

  4. I love this & your blog! :) Following now!
    -Rachel Lynn

  5. Go right ahead and do it, guys! It's a great way to take a step forward and to stop being so paranoid about our appearances. It's hard, I'll admit, but it's a move forward. <3


I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know there's nothing but light when I see you. :: Shinji Moon