August 12, 2014

What Do You See?

Yesterday I read Rachel's post and it really stopped me in my reading tracks. She so eloquently stated the frustration most women face with our bodies and the judgements we so sadly put on ourselves. We are our own worst enemy, calling ourselves names we would NEVER, EVER think to call a friend, despite the fact that WE ARE our best friend. And that's just sad, right?!?

Rachel did something so a m a z i n g with her post though. Instead of staying negative about what she views as 'her flaws', she chose to put a positive spin on the post and herself. And I can't help but applaud her immensely for it.

I pride myself on being an extremely optimistic person, but the one thing that I'm really negative about is myself, and my physical appearance. I'm the biggest cheerleader of my friends and family, but when it comes to myself, I'm really good at being nitpicky about everything. But today that stops.

What do I see, today in the mirror?!?!

I see a mix of my mother and father's best attributes. No one can doubt that I am, indeed a Brady, and I love hearing "You look so much like your parents".

I see big hazel green eyes that are smiling 90% of the day. Sometimes they're full of tears, but they are the eyes into my soul and I love them.

I see an athlete.

I see an able body, for which I am so thankful. I may not be the best athlete, but I can run, swim, play soccer and kickball, jump, stretch, climb stairs and much more, all without pain. Thank you body!

I see a physically strong woman. I am reaping the rewards of  heavy lifting and I see strong biceps and triceps, that can lift more weight than people imagine.

I also see strength of heart and character. Someone that stands up for what she believes in, even if it isn't the popular belief or thing to do.

I see a daughter of Christ.

I see the oldest sister of three, who sometimes thinks she's a mom. Even though I get annoyed sometimes, the well being of my sisters is of utmost importance to me. I will walk through fire or go to jail to keep them safe.

I see an emotional woman, who wears her heart on her sleeve.

I see freckles that are a testament to the many hours I've spent outside. Maybe the sun wasn't the best for my skin, but the memories of playing outside on long summer days are worth it.


I see a woman who will stand up for her closest, Tier 1 friends, no matter WHAT they've done. I'm fiercely loyal to my inner circle of friends and can be ruthless to those that try and harm them, in anyway.

I see someone who is striving to be more patient and loving, but also someone who just doesn't want to deal with BS anymore. Which to me, isn't a bad thing. Life's too short to be anything but happy.

I see a wife, who is learning about herself, her husband and marriage.

I see laugh lines around my eyes and my mouth and I'm very proud of them. They mean I've laughed more than I've cried and that's just fine with me.

I see a lady that is just trying to figure life out. Someone that's striving to be her best and someone who wants to make a positive difference in the world.

Ladies, take the time to go read Rachel's post and then go look at yourself in the mirror. Forget the ridiculous flaws you normally zero in on and take a closer look. Find the beauty within and see the amazing lady everyone else sees. I < 3 you, sweet friends!!!!!

20 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

You are such a positive, beautiful and inspirational woman - inside and out!! Thanks for sharing girl...I find myself often times being WAY too hard on my body and not fair to myself at all...

Elle Sees said...

that is wonderful! i hope to feel the same way about myself some day!

The Pink Growl said...

I absolutely love this post and you are DEAD ON! It's something that I struggle with every single day.

Kristen said...

oh thank you so much for sharing. i am off to read Rachel's post, because honestly, I need all the help I can get. I really am far too hard on myself, I'm sure a lot of us are, it's so true that I would never say these things to a friend, but I so freely think them of myself.
You are such an amazing, positive, beautiful, inspiring young woman :) keep it up ;)

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Great post girl! This is so inspirational! I need to go check out Rachel's post now too. As a girl it's definitely so easy to compare yourself to other women or be too hard on yourself. It's great to stop and put a positive spin on things.

<3, Pamela
sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

~Dawn~ said...

This is such a fabulous post. You are beautiful inside and out, girl!

MakeMeUpMia said...

Wow, how inspiring! Thank you for sharing girl :)

Em said...

Such an inspiring post! Love it!! I definitely have many memories in the sun too. Thanks freckles! ;)

Illegally Blonde said...

I agree with all these. And I see, a sister in Christ, a best friend and my closest confidant. I see through all the flaws you see and just see that helping hand, the smiling face and the love you have for me and those around you. I see my BOFF.

Carolyn said...

OMG! I love this post SO MUCH!!!

Jessica said...

What a lovely post, sweet friend! I love that you chose things about yourself that MEAN something - and that are not just physical attributes in themselves. You are the real deal, and I love it:)

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

thanks for sharing this post girl! Such an eye opening read!

Katie Elizabeth said...

Love! I think we are all so much harder on ourselves than anyone else is. For some reason, it's so much easier to concentrate on the flaws than to be thankful for what God gave us!

henning love said...

love this post!! what a great way to view yourself especially as a daughter of a King, he doesn't view us as trash or see the imperfections we see in our body, he sees us as perfect, and what he created and he loves us!

Angie said...

This is an absolutely beautiful post

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I love this! There's so much more to see in a mirror than what meets the eye! :)

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Love your positive outlook and perception of yourself. I think it is where we all strive to be!

Tiffany said...

Such a great post! I might have to do my own rendition I'm headed over to check out Rachel's now. =)

Nikki said...

I LOVE this post! I may have to take this idea!

Hope all is well! Miss chatting with you!

Janna Renee said...

I just love that picture of you! You are an amazing woman, and I miss you so much!! xoxoxoxoxoxo