Inspiring Beauty Quotes: A #BOAW3 Wrap-Up, Part II

Last week thousands of folks visited The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest 3, no doubt finding inspiration. I joked with one participant that the fest could be called The Beauty of a Woman’s Goosebumps, as that’s precisely how the incredible posts affected me! Each blogger exemplified beauty in a unique way, making us laugh, think, smile and even shed a few tears. THANK YOU for making the BOAW BlogFest III a truly beautiful event!

True beauty is timeless!

True beauty is timeless.

Rather than share more of my own thoughts on the fest, I decided to pull clips from the posts that most struck me (of the many!). If you’d like to quote one of the participants in a blog post, article or elsewhere, please attribute and link it up properly.  To view the full post a quote derives from, click on the sayer’s name. Thanks for the support!

The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest 3: Inspiring Quotes!

“Despite their lack of what the world tells us is beautiful, these women were beautiful to me.” — Kathryn Chastain Treat

“Let’s continue to show what a beautiful anthem can be heard when women raise their voices as one!” — Patricia Sands

“To me, the real marks of beauty in a woman are courage, character, kindness, and personality.” — David Walker

“So what is the main ingredient? It’s confidence!”— Kassandra Lamb

“If I could give any message to my younger self, it is that simple truth.  There is beauty in your change.” — Barbara McDowell


“Show off your inner activist!” — Jess Witkins

“Wisdom and kindness can make someone more beautiful than someone who is physically gorgeous.”— Susie Sylvester

“For too long beauty required a number on the scale and a specific size of clothing. Now I see how my clothes fit, I feel how my muscles move, and I think this is beauty.” — Kourtney Heintz

“Kat has had a lot of floods in her area of Australia and battled through those times, helping out and staying strong. The embodiment of a strong woman.” — Catherine Johnson

“As long as we continue to put forth the effort in believing in our own beauty, the positivity  becomes lasting aspects of our lives.” Ashley

“This is true beauty: a connection to the universe that transcends the physical, emotional, and intellectual limitations of humanity.” — Audrey Kalman

“Sometimes when I look in the mirror, I catch a glimpse of the inner beauty behind my eyes, and I smile because life is good and life is beautiful, even in the midst of this broken world.” — Lynn Kelley

I Love Me

“There is beauty in a woman’s strength. We wield our strength with a gentle hand. We use our weaknesses to forge new successes.” — Marcia Richards

“There are days when I still have trouble saying, ‘I love you,’ to the woman standing in the mirror, but thank Goddess there are many, many more where I can say it with passion, mean it, and sometimes even throw out a wink.” — Kate Wood

“My mother always said the eyes were windows to the soul, and that old canard was true in Kathryn’s case.  There were depths of pain and wisdom in them, but her wit and kindness also shone through them, pure and blue as the sky after a snowstorm.” — Elizabeth Mitchell

“If you take a moment, you’ll notice who around you is in touch with their inner joy. It can be seen in the sparkle of  someone’s eyes. The lift in their step. The glow of their skin that no amount of makeup or creme could ever replicate.”  — Ingrid Schaffenburg

Joyful woman.

“I’m sticking with my personal claim that selfies are fun, selfies are fearless, and selfies are fabulous. And the girl in that photo? Well, she’s beautiful.” — Kecia Adams

“I’ve realized that you don’t just look for the beauty of a woman. You have to listen for it, feel it, and experience it as well.” — Scott Moon

“If you’ve got your panties in a twist, stuck in an uncomfortable crack, or if they’re flat-out ugly, it’s unlikely you’ll achieve maximum sparkle for the day.” — Jenny Hansen

“From our life experiences we create paintings, prose, sculptures, you name it. But on rare—and awesome—occasions, art can create life.”— Mike Sirota

“Living a beautiful life means sharing your God given talents and leaping out of bed in the morning because you can’t wait to get started with your day.” — Marla Martenson

young woman waking up

“Real beauty can’t be bought, won’t fade, smudge, or decrease with time.  It doesn’t wear out or have to be re-applied.  It has wrinkles, callouses, stretch marks, scars and sometimes loses its hair.” — Dana Myles

“Living life the way we choose, on our own terms, whatever our ages, is beautiful. My  surfer-headed boy with his triangle of freckles and treasured Pinkie Pie pendant? My daredevil diva with the dancing eyes and impudent tongue? Perfectly themselves. Perfectly beautiful.” — Shan Jeniah

“Our dreams are expressions of our inner beauty. I’ve learned that it’s completely okay to want whatever you want.” — Sheri Fink

“YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!  Now tell that inner critic to sit down and shut-up!” — Dana Myles

“For me, there is no “most beautiful” woman, unless she is the woman I’d just met and the one I might meet next.” — Eden Mabee

Many hands together: group of people joining hands

“How I live and how I love are what make me beautiful. So I’ll continue to try to convince myself of that fact and not suffer over days long gone.” — Katy Brandes

“Some divas have captured my heart, but maybe not the medal they sought.” — Eli Pacheco

Gift card winners:

I love you all so much, I did MATH for you! 😉 After tabulating people’s entries for reading, posting in and sharing the fest, I did a drawing for gift cards. To find out who won gift cards and radio time in the Girl Boner category, check out Monday’s post.

  • $50 Amazon gift card: Kathryn Chastain Treat
  • $10 Starbucks gift cards: Kassandra Lamb and Lynn Kelley

Congrats, ladies! You’ll receive your prizes via email today.

I hope you all enjoyed the snippets and the whole fest as I much as  I did! I also hope you’ll join us next year for another round.

In the meantime, what did you think of the quotes? Which post or quote most struck you? Any thoughts on the fest overall? I love hearing from you. ♥

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  1. Catherine Johnson

     /  March 6, 2014

    Fabulous to see al these quotes together, August. Thanks for a great experience.

  2. I got choked up all over again just reading the fabulous quotes! Wonderful fest, August. Truly inspirational.

  3. August, I missed this post! I’ll have to step back and visit it, maybe this weekend. Sounds great and wonderful advice, especially for younger folk/girls of which I have two. They struggle, as I suppose we did when younger.

  4. Every one of these quotes is suitable for framing but in this morning’s reading of your post, it is Jenny Hansen’s that lights me up. Thanks again for the BOAW fest as it has spread so much inspiration and loving-kindness, of which there can never be enough.

    • That’s one of my faves as well, Karen. I searched for a glittery underwear image to pair with it, then realizes it stands supremely on it’s own. 😉 Thanks for the wonderful support!

    • You two are the sweetest! Smoochies all around. 🙂

  5. Kourtney Heintz

     /  March 6, 2014

    I love all these quotes August! Thanks so much for making BOAW Blogfest a reality! Congrats to the winners. 🙂

  6. Wow! First let me thank you for the opportunity to talk about beauty from my point of view and for the gift card. I have read all of these blog posts in their entirety and am truly inspired.

    • Thank YOU, Kathryn! You were the first to sign up and the first to read and post comments on everyone’s posts. You and your support have been amazing! I hope you’ll treat yourself well with the gift funds. 🙂

  7. Reblogged this on allergictolifemybattle and commented:
    For my readers who may have missed the Beauty of a Woman Blogfest entries. Here are some quotes from the participants. I found them very inspiring.

  8. Thanks for the opportunity to participate and for quoting me in this post.

  9. It’s absolutely mesmerizing to see all these quotes together, August. Bravo for BOAW…I predict it will go strong for many more years. 🙂

  10. Aw, aren’t you sweet, August. I get quoted and I get a gift card. All this on top of the pure joy of participating in BOAW3.

    And I agree with Jenny Hansen. Seeing all these quotes together gave me goosebumps all over again!

  11. I was so happy to take part in this beautiful series. Thank you for quoting me! Reading these over again is just lovely.

  12. So many great quotes! Thanks for including mine, August! Have a beautiful day!

  13. laurie27wsmith

     /  March 6, 2014

    May I say that the beauty shines out of people when they have finally accepted themselves and who they are.

  14. So many unbelievable stories were shared during Beauty of a Woman’s BlogFest. Mathair and I are honored to be counted amongst this crowd of talented and inspirational folk. Congrats to the winners!

  15. Raani York

     /  March 6, 2014

    This is another great blog post for the traditional BOAW Blog Fest. I love the quotes. They’re unbelievable!

  16. lynnkelleyauthor

     /  March 6, 2014

    Congrats to Kathryn Chastain Treat on winning the $50 gift card and Kassandra Lamb on the Starbucks card. And I’m thrilled I won a Starbucks card, too! Thanks so much, August! I love all these quotes. My favorites as far as inspiration are Audrey Kalman’s and Barbara McDowell’s. The funniest one is Jenny Hansen’s. Totally cracks me up!

    Thank you for putting this awesome BlogFest together. The inspiration in these posts will go a long, long way, as will the posts from the first two years.

  17. From all the comments I have read, this is truly a popular blog fest. I hope you continue to do this again next year. Reading these lovely posts is inspiring.

  18. Thank you so much for the rap up August! I really appreciate that you shared the highlights of each post since I had my oldest son in town, who I hadn’t seen in a year, right smack at the same time as the BlogFest and my website is in the midst of a remodel. And I know this sounds crazy, but I was actually thinking of participating this year. Yes, I was, unlike other previous years. So I bathed in the inspiration from my fellow writers. Kathryn Chastain Treat’s post especially resonated with me because I suffer from the same ailment that she does. So I have the upmost respect for what she’s been through and her fantastic, beautiful attitude! I look forward to next year! ((Hugs!)) 🙂

  19. Thanks again for hosting this August! Such great posts and inspiring stories. Congrats to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated – especially our readers! 😀

  20. Daphne Shadows

     /  March 7, 2014

    LOVE these quotes! Thanks 😀

  21. You have inspired us all to do it again, August! What a wonderful wrap-up! Thanks for all your efforts and beautiful spirit!

  22. There are so many great thoughts and reminders culminated here! I enjoyed reading all of them, interacting with the other bloggers, and especially liked:

    “If I could give any message to my younger self, it is that simple truth. There is beauty in your change.” — Barbara McDowell

    “There is beauty in a woman’s strength. We wield our strength with a gentle hand. We use our weaknesses to forge new successes.” — Marcia Richards

    I see those two statements are the THEN and the NOW. Kudos to August for pulling this wonderful online festival together. Thanks!

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