*For as long as I get responses, Operation Beautiful will be a regular weekend thing, because you’re all beautiful and I just can’t get enough of sharing these with you. (So encourage the beautiful women in your life to send in responses!
For 2015 and for always, you need to change.
But I’m not talking about changing your weight or your love of chocolate – I’m talking about your love of yourself. So often, we fill ourselves with self-deprecating thoughts. I’m not pretty. I’m not that smart. I’m just not that great. And I’m definitely not beautiful.
First things first: you are beautiful. And this is an operation to prove it. Introducing: Operation Beautiful. Where we celebrate the beauty in each and every one of us. Now let’s hop to it – these girlies are fan-freakin-tastic.
I feel most beautiful when…I’m focusing on my health and body. There was a time I was told I wouldn’t be here for another birthday so the fact I get to be a swearty mess after a workout- that’s pretty awesome! Without our health, we can do nothing. Taking care of myself, seeing and feeling the effort I’ve put in – yeah, that’s beautiful.
My favorite physical features are my…Belly-button and my smile. This is a tie! My surgeon and I made history with my belly-button when he performed surgery that changed my life. And my smile – you will always know it’s genuine. It comes from the heart.
Something non-physical that I love about myself is…My generosity. A very close friend of mine once told me, “Heather, you are the most giving person I know,” and that was one of the best compliments I could have ever received. I truly believe in living the “gift is in the giving.” I am here today because others have given of themselves. Now I get to pay it forward. That is beautiful.
I’m happiest when…I am traveling with my husband. I love learning about new places, people and cultures. Who better to share the world with than the man who means the world to me?
I feel most beautiful when…When I feel connected with others, when I feel that I’m really sharing something with someone else. No matter how I look, I’m REAL in that moment, and that’s better than being perfect.
My favorite physical features are my…Eyes ad my little waist. Eyes because they’re dark green on the outside and brown on the inside..but you only see it if you really look at me.
Something non-physical that I love about myself is…I’m working on myself, trying to live a better life, and to feel more aware of my vulnerability and my emotions. I would say that I love my openness to change.
I’m happiest when…I do things I love: researching and communicating findings, connecting and sharing ideas with other people, spending some quality time with people I love.
I feel most beautiful when…I am purely happy, healthy and active. When I am laughing and just living in a way that even though life may be hard I’m content and happy with where I’m at. There is something beautiful about just being yourself and being happy with that.
My favorite physical feature is my…My smile, but not just any smile, my real smile. My real smile usually comes when I’m laughing. I get compliments on it all the time.
Something non-physical that I love about myself is…My ability to bounce back really quickly after a rough moment. To recognize the good and be happy.
I’m happiest when…I’m living a life without excuses. When I’m with others. Loving others, serving others and making them smile.
Join the movement.
This series is all about you. So, it only happens when you join in the fun! Take a lesson from these ladies – writing your own answers to Operation Beautiful will make you think about yourself in a new, happier and beautiful light. If you want to be featured on Coming Up Roses as part of Operation Beautiful, just fill out this quick form, and you’ll find yourself on the blog in an upcoming Operation. And if you love the mission as much as I do, I’d love if you would send the form to two of your best girlfriends who you think are beautiful inside and out. Spread the love – the more the merrier! Happy Sunday.