Unguarded, Unposed, and Lovely: You’re Beautiful

November 2, 2012 § 7 Comments

Iasmin and Friends at the Starry Knights party at Pennsic.

Iasmin and friends at the Starry Knights party at Pennsic.

When I saw this picture I honestly had to figure out who it was. I saw it and thought things like “I remember that party. That woman has lovely shoulders and a gorgeous neck. I wish I could see the whole outfit. I have one a lot like it. When was my husband sitting with her? I don’t remember her.”

My friend Lisa took this picture. It was me sitting there. The monkeys in my hands should have been the clue. I only see myself like this occasionally if at all: unguarded, unposed, and lovely.

Why am I telling you and doing it so publicly? Because I desperately want you to know that if you’re struggling with your weight and your self-image, I’m still struggling too. I’m with you. I know how you feel. You’re not alone. And I think you’re beautiful.

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§ 7 Responses to Unguarded, Unposed, and Lovely: You’re Beautiful

  • Lisa Frederick says:

    Wow, I would have never thought that you, of all people I have ever known, has ever struggled with your self-image. You radiate self-confidence and it has always trumped any beauty secret I know! I remember seeing you some years ago on the Dance floor and you looked like a Goddess! When I struggle with my own self image, I sometimes think of you and wonder, what would Gaylin be thinking? Certainly nothing negative. And it makes me fell more confident. You truely are beautiful, my friend.

    ~Lisa

    • Gaylin Walli says:

      *Hug* you’re beautiful to me too, dear and I appreciate everything you see in me. I think we all need support. My self-image has never been “god she’s fat” or anything related to my actual weight. I think that’s the hardest part for people to understand. My problem has always been “that part looks wrong” or “I look sick” or some other even worse way of slowly picking apart my person. I struggle to look at myself as a whole, healthy woman because I sometimes focus so much on the minutia that I perceive as lacking in some way. But maybe by admitting it I’ll be helping other people realize that even confident women can think these things and that it’s normal. They’re normal. I would hate to think that me not saying it because I was afraid of what people would think would result in someone giving up or worse, harming themselves. So I speak. Even just to say “I love you. You’re beautiful.” Because I mean it.

  • Pamela Dodsworth says:

    I love you and have thought you were beautiful from the first time I met you. Not only on the outside but you have the most beautiful insides, heart, mind and soul. You are one of the most generous, caring, and lovely person I know. This also applies to Lisa Frederick. You both have been a great blessing to my life and even though I am miles away now you both hold a very special place in my heart and I miss you both. (btw your calendar seems to be off by a day)

  • sherry says:

    Thank you, Iasmine. I think that a LOT of women should read this. Ok, not just women, PEOPLE! Brilliant! Beautiful! and so well spoken–thank you for being such a wonderful role model! ❤

  • sherry says:

    I know exacty what you mean, dearest Excellency! Exactly!

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