The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest III: Original Edition

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” — Sam Levenson, “The Beauty of a Woman”

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Welcome to our third annual Beauty of a Woman BlogFest! I started this fest two years ago, after readers were beautifully responsive to a post I shared about moving past my eating disorder. Thanks to remarkable readers and writers like you all, it’s become a positive light in the blogosphere and a gift to may each year. You are all ROCKSTARS!

This week is also National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, making the theme and stories even more meaningful. As you read contributors’ words, I hope you’ll consider ways to further embrace your own inner and outer beauty. You deserve it! If the notion seems selfish or less important than other responsibilities in your life, remind yourself that the most powerful work we can do for others derives from self-nurturing. If there’s one thing our world could use more of, IMO, it’s positive role models. 🙂 Thanks, with all my heart, for joining us!

How to participate and potentially win fun prizes:

Click on the links below to read participants’ stories between Thursday, February 27th and Sunday, March 2nd. Prizes will be awarded by way of a drawing, one for each category, next week. (To read stories from the Girl Boner category which ran earlier this week, visit this link!)

To have your name added to the prize drawing:

  • Comment below this post, based on the prompts at the end = 1 entry
  • Tweet this post, tagging me @AugstMcLaughlin = 1 entry
  • Share this post on Facebook, tagging me or my author page = 1 entry
  • Participate as a blogger = 5 entries
  • Read and post a comment on all of the posts below, then let me know you did so (in a comment on this post or via Twitter) = 10 entries

PRIZES: Winners from the drawing for each fest category will receive Starbucks and Amazon gift cards, valuing $5 to $50. I’ll also select two BOAW Girl Boner posts to read on Girl Boner Radio.

Bloggers: If you signed up for this category and your post is missing below, I haven’t yet received your link (or somehow missed it!). Please send it to me via email or Twitter and I’ll add it promptly. Thanks!

Beauty-FULL Contributions:

1. Kathryn Chastain Treat: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest 2014

2. Patricia Sands: Beauty of a Woman 2014 ~ Hear Us Roar!

3. David W. Walker: The Beauty of a Woman

4. Kassandra Lamb: Beauty: A Matter of Mind Over Matter

5. Barbara McDowell: Beauty in Stages:  Reflections on My Younger Self

6. Jess Witkins:  Beauty of a Woman Blogfest: 1 Billion Rising

7. Susie Sylvester: Beautiful Woman, God’s Design

8. Kourtney Heinz: BOAW: The Beauty of a Body in Motion

9. Catherine Johnson: BOAW BlogFest: Kat Apel

10. Ashley: Positively Body Image

11. Audrey Kalman: Three Beauties and a Redefinition

12. Lynn Kelley: Beauty of a Woman 2014: My Morphing Body and Mind

13. Marcia Richards: BOAW BlogFest — Where Your Beauty Lies

14. Kate Wood: Beautiful Goddess

15. Elizabeth Mitchell: BOAW The Most Beautiful Woman I Ever Met 

16. Ingrid Schaffenburg: The True Beauty of a Woman

17. Kecia Adams: Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest III: In Praise of the Selfie

18. Scott Moon: Touched by Fire for BOAW 3

19. Jenny Hansen: What Are YOUR 21 Layers of Beauty? #BOAW3

20. Mike Sirota: Redux: When Art Creates Life

21. Marla Martenson: The Beauty of Following Your Bliss

22. Dana Myles: Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest, 2014 – This one’s for YOU!

23. Shan Jeniah: The Beauty of a Woman Blogfest III – finding Beauty in a Life of Lovely Chaos

24. Sheri Fink: Embracing the Beauty of Your Dreams (Despite Fear and Doubt)

25. Eden MaBee: BOAW — Us

26. Katy Brandes: The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest III

27. Eli Pacheco: The Beauty of a Woman: Giving Props to My 3 Favorite Female Olympians (and Ashley Wagner)

28. August McLaughlin: How to Gain Beauty by Embracing Your Body — An Interview with Dr. Jane Greer*

*My entry is an interview on Dr. Jane Greer’s radio show, Let’s Talk Sex!, via YouTube. Feel free to tune in for as little or long you like. 🙂

How do you define beauty? What makes you feel beautiful? Any thoughts to share on this year’s fest overall? Remember, you have 4 days to check out and comment on all of the posts for 10 extra chances to win a groovy prize! If you do so, let me know via a blog comment below or Twitter (@AugstMcLaughlin) by next Tuesday, March 4th. Thanks again for participating! 

The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest II!

“The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart.” —  Audrey Hepburn (poem by Sam Levenson)

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My trusty thesaurus lists 35 synonyms for beauty: blessing, fairness, loveliness, allure… If you bundled them all together, the result wouldn’t come close to describing the beauty in this fest. I can’t thank you all enough for participating in the second annual BOAW BlogFest. ♥  Whether you’re here as a reader, a contributing writer or both, get ready to laugh, ponder, glean inspiration and possibly shed a few tears.

How to fest (and potentially win a Kindle):

Click on the links below to read bloggers’ posts. For a chance to win a Kindle Fire (or Amazon gift card equivalent), post a comment using the prompts below. For an additional chance, share this post on Twitter tagging me @AugstMcLaughlin and/or #BOAW. For 10 more chances, visit all of the links between now and 5pm PST Monday, February 25th. Post a comment and/or “like” each one, then come back here and let me know you’ve done so. I’ll keep tabs on entries and share the drawing-based winner next week. The best news? As corny as it may sound, we all win by simply participating. (Once you start read contributors’ stories, you’ll understand what I mean…)

Contributors: If you do not see your post, it’s because I wasn’t able to locate it or it wasn’t posted by the cut-off time. Don’t worry—I can still include it! Please post your link in a comment on the registration page and I’ll jump on it promptly.

Without further ado, I’m thrilled to present the The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest II!

  1. Amber West: A Beautiful Stream of Consciousness – Beauty of a Woman BlogFest
  2. Liz: The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest
  3. Bill Parker: On the Multitudinous Beauties of Women
  4. Coleen Patrick: Service Chic vs. Soul Deep: The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest
  5. Barbara McDowell: Beautiful Things Blossom From Coccoons
  6. Kourtney Heintz: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest: Lessons From Grandma H
  7. Kassandra Lamb (Misterio Press): You Are Beautiful and Strong, Sweet Child of Abuse
  8. Marcy Kennedy: What Would You Trade to Look Young Forever?
  9. Rebekah Loper: 2013 Beauty of a Woman Blogfest – Comfortable in My Own Skin
  10. Lissa Clouser: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest: Part 2—An Unlikely Role Model
  11. Jennette Marie Powell: Beauty of a Woman: Don’t judge us by our covers!
  12. Amaryllis Turman: Beauty BlogFest 2012 – What is REAL BEAUTY?
  13. Kathryn Chastain Treat: The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest II
  14. Donna Galanti: Beauty is the Place Where Love Resides
  15. Linda Adams: My Relationship With My Glasses
  16. Ellen M. Gregg: The Beauty of a Woman: Inside Out
  17. Audrey Kalman: I want to be like Carol Winfield even when I’m dead
  18. Catherine Johnson: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest and Giveaway!
  19. Tameri Etherton: Shakespeare Totally Knew the Beauty of a Woman
  20. Catherine Krummey: Beauty (tumbler)
  21. Jenny Hansen: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest: Do Breasts Define a Female?
  22. Lindsay: Chronically beautiful…
  23. Inion N. Mathair: Beauty of a Woman’s BlogFest
  24. Jennifer M. Zeiger: The Eye
  25. Michel King: BOAW Fest – Eye of the Beholder
  26. K.M. OSullivan: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest 2013: The Beauty Box
  27. Kate Wood: The Beauty in Me
  28. Sabrina Garie: Owning Your Own Beauty
  29. Kerry Ann: Beauty of a Woman: Beyond Skin Deep
  30. Kim Jorgensen Gane: The Beauty of Women Friends
  31. FactoryMaid: Lying in the Mirror
  32. Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson: The Beauty of a Grandmother
  33. Jess Witkins: What Makes a Woman REDHOT?
  34. Sue: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest: Skin Deep
  35. Misty Dietz: The Paradox and Beauty of a Woman
  36. J. Keller Ford: The Beauty of a Woman
  37. David N. Walker: Beauty of a Woman
  38. Erin/Lux: One sees clearly with the heart
  39. Reese Ryan: Phenomenal Woman – That’s Me
  40. Maggie Amanda: 30 Years of Learning About Beauty
  41. Lena Corazon: Beauty of a Woman Blogfest: The Power of Natural
  42. Subtextreadalwaysnew: Moments of Beauty
  43. Nicole Basaraba: Beauty of a Woman – Body Culture
  44. Ingrid Schaffenburg: The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest
  45. Clearly Kristal: Mirror, Mirror
  46. Kristine Erickson Parker: Woman, love thyself!
  47. Patricia Sands: She Walks in Beauty ~ Beauty of a Woman BlogFest
  48. Vivian Kirkfield: Martha Washington: America’s First First Lady
  49. Debra Eve: Beauty of a Woman: An Ode to Erma Bombeck
  50. Julie Glover: Don’t Hate the Skinny Girl: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest
  51. Kecia Adams: Beauty of a Woman BlogFest: Beautiful Moments

What has struck you most about this fest? How do you define beauty? Who do you feel most embodies it?

To join our discussion on Twitter, use the hashtag #BOAW.