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

Butterfly-Metamorphosis

“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. ♥

Self-Love, Recovery and a Thriller Freebie!

body image

Embracing our physical selves can be one of life’s toughest feats. My personal battle with low body image started at age 5 and lasted into my late 20s, and in my years of eating disorder recovery and the thriving that’s followed, I’ve encountered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women whose battles run deeper and longer. It’s not fair or right that so many of us loathe ourselves, or that we’re taught to place our personal self-worth on factors as trivial as dress size, facial features or weight. But all of that’s too easy in today’s world.

If there’s one thing that my personal journey has taught me, it’s that the cliche holds true: True beauty really does radiate from within. When we strive to fulfill our hearts’ and souls’ desires rather than expectations set by diet trends, the media or the entertainment industry, we feel and appear more beautiful in EVERY way. LIFE becomes beautiful, and so does our place in it. 

Anyone who’s overcome eating disorder will attest that coming to terms with this is the most difficult and important work one can ever do. Those who’ve found their way through darkness to the sunshine called full, forever recovery (I consider myself recovered) also know a special kind of glory that can be all of ours.

In honor of the beautiful folks who are grappling with eating disorders or related issues (disordered eating, depression, anxiety…), I’m running a freebie promotion of my novel, In Her Shadow, today through Saturday. Since my last freebie promotion boosted sales afterward significantly, I’ve decided to donate 10 percent of my profits for the month following to the National Eating Disorders Association. I’m so excited to support this wonderful organization.

In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s a glimpse at my novel’s story:

One woman locked in a basement, nearing death and longing for escape. Another baffled by the inexplicable symptoms wreaking havoc on her life. Both are lost and alone, yet somehow connected. And time is running out…

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Near the tenth anniversary of her parents’ unexpected death, Claire Fiksen, a lovely young Harvard-grad and gifted psychologist in Minnesota, develops bizarre symptoms of an eating disorder that threaten her fledgling career, her relationship with a handsome young medical student, her grasp on reality and, soon, her life.

When her beloved grandfather reveals that there may be more to her parents’ death than she’s realized, Claire’s pursuit of healing becomes a desperate search for answers as she delves into her family’s sordid past. Meanwhile, someone is watching her every move, plotting to draw her into her own twisted web of misery.

Claire has something he needs, and he’ll stop at nothing to obtain it. Every step Claire takes brings her closer to the truth and danger. And her life, she discovers, isn’t the only one at stake.

 “As McLaughlin, a certified nutritionist and health writer, slowly reveals the mysteries behind Claire’s illness, as well as long-hidden truths and snippets of memories, the novel’s darkness gathers like storm clouds. An engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues.” — Kirkus Reviews

To nab your free e-copy, visit IN HER SHADOW on Amazon.com today through Saturday, August 10th at midnight.

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SPECIAL EVENT! I’d also like to invite you all to a virtual party taking place on Facebook tonight from 6 – 8:30pm PST. I’ll be sharing an abbreviated live recording of my story, “Does Dirt Have Calories?,” sharing highlights from my recovery, taking and posing questions and keeping the virtual empowering drinks flowing! I hope you’ll stop by and join the fun.

For details, to RSVP and to join in once the party has started, visit BEYOND THE SHADOWS: A SELF-DISCOVERY/RECOVERY PARTY!

Thanks, all, for your ongoing support and overall awesomeness! You’re total bright spots in my day. ♥