Life's too short to focus on the ugly parts, and this has been such a gift to me. Parts One and Deux lifted my spirits while reaffirming my commitment to positivity, and I could not have picked three more incredibly powerful women to conclude this kick-ass series. I hope you'll agree.
The first time I heard Chandreyee Lahiri's voice, I lost my breath. She was reading her stunning post First Unborn aloud, and I could not control the fierce, gut wrenching emotion it provoked inside me. She spoke of an unimaginable loss - a horrific event - with such grace; a spirit that leapt from her words and snuggled deep in my chest, yanking at the strings of my heart. While she spoke of her willingness to find beauty in the brightly colored kidney tray that held her tiny angel, I was overwhelmed with gratitude just to be in the room with her. I don't think she is aware of how much love I feel for her and the amount pure, undeniable beauty and light she possesses.
|photo via Silver Linings Cloudy Days|
Chandreyee's submission Lost Keys, is one more example of her relentless commitment to the search for silver linings.
Jessica Cobb of Domestic Pirate is the kind of woman you just want to be friends with. She's kind, loving, and generous, and would totally kick someone's ass for you if it was warranted. She's not afraid to speak up about the shit that's important even if it's not "popular," and I have a ridiculous amount of respect for her.
|photo via @DomesticPirate|
She's just like... genuinely awesome.
Her submission, It's Not Just A Belly, is more than just incredibly beautiful.
Sandy Ramsey of Mother Of Imperfection is one of my newer blogging buddies. You know when you just get a warm fuzzy feeling about someone?? THAT. She's another one that exudes a sense of serenity, but also might be a secret ass kicker like Jessica. I really enjoy and appreciate her honesty and encouragement to "Say What You Need To Say."
In my humble opinion, she's the shit. She actually wrote this piece specifically for submission to the Beauty Wins Challenge. Seriously, how cool is that? Plus, have a read and try not to fall in love with her. Go ahead...I dare you.
Twelve is a hard age. To add a significant body issue to the issues a young girl in middle school faces already can be difficult.
Not this child. She is beauty and resilience. She is strength and bravery. Here she sits in the orthopedist office next to the plastic and foam shape of her curved body. She doesn't let the curve in her spine discourage or define her.
She shines brighter than the light behind her. She is my beautiful hero." ~ Sandy Ramsey, Mother Of Imperfection
The words I would need to describe how grateful I am for this opportunity just don't exist.
This blog and the friendships I have made as the result have changed my life. No matter the subject, totally hilarious or utterly depressing, these posts represent my truth. Your acceptance, compassion, and encouragement has meant the absolute world to me.
I love your faces off. The End.
P.S. Don't worry, I have some more hilarious posts coming soon.