As I scrolled through my newsfeed I noticed a trend. I kept running into posts of people being “called out” to post x amount of pictures that make them BEAUTIFUL. I saw some of the most raw photos from people that have experienced struggle. I even went a head and liked a few of them.
That evening I got back on Facebook and upon, refreshing I noticed that people were still being “called out” but the wording had changed and so had the pictures. I was now reading status’s that were asking the individuals that were tagged to post pictures that made them PRETTY.
My newsfeed was now flooded with peace sign selfies, duck lip selfies, and the infamous bathroom mirror selfie.
My worst fear came true.
A little red number 1 popped up in my notifications. I was leery about even checking it. My finger hovered over it for a few seconds before I took a deep breath and touched the earth icon.
There it was.
“Shannon mentioned you in her comments”
My heart sank.
I got “called out” to post 10 pictures of things that make me BEAUTIFUL.
Let’s just let that sink in for a little bit.
Now, I don’t typically get down with the “like this picture or bloody Mary is going to kill you tonight” but this one had me intrigued, so I gave it a little thought.
I decided to look up the definition of the word beauty as well as the definition of the word pretty. It was perplexing to me as to how the two seemingly interchangeable words got the ole switcheroo.
Beauty is the quality that is present in something that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind. While the word pretty means that something that is pleasing or attractive to the eye.
With a better understanding of the two words, I began my search in looking for images of things that have shaped my life and molded my heart. Basically, I was looking for things that made me, me.
10 things to post.
10 wasn’t enough. I needed more. I found that there are certainly more than 10 things that make me beautiful.
In the beginning the task was a little daunting but the more I understood beauty the easier it got.
By the end of the night I finally narrowed my selections down to 10. I eventually posted my non-negotiables; the things that make me tick; the things that led me to self love and strangely enough, I even felt good about it.
My photos are at the end of this post and the explanations are below.
My Husband: The passion the burns inside of him is beautiful…even if it is for guns. He puts his mind to things and makes moves. He is the reason I started this blog. He told me I could, and I believed it.
My Audacious 3 Year Old: This boy has so much drive that it drives me crazy. He’s not always sweet but when he loves, he loves so hard it’ll rock your world.
My Software Programer 7 year old: the kids a wiz on the computer. He’s brilliant. He’s also has so much compassion that it’s bursting at the seams. He cares about ALL people and has genuine concern about others well being.
This Blog: Writing has been my dream for as long as I can remember but it’s was never cool. Now that I’m older I don’t necessarily worry about being cool. I just want to be me and this page allows me to be all the me I want.
Scripture: I picked this passage in particular because it is a reflection of my past life. I am thrilled that I realized that I needed to surrender my life to Christ to be free.
The cross: I am running into marvelous light because if it.
My Mom: She loved fiercely and passed that trait down to me.
Wedding Rings on Fire Sauce: I sobbed at my own wedding. I’m talking ugly cry, and the raw love I have for my husband was finally exposed for all (and myself) to see.
Filling Home: I have invested my life in my career and my career has truly invested itself in my life and I couldn’t be more thankful.
Silly Face: I don’t want to ever be so grown up that I can’t laugh at myself or be silly.
Maybe you’ve already posted your pictures, maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re not into that sort of thing, maybe you are but this is me “calling you out” to not just settle for pretty
*Shannon is an Origami Owl designer. She utilizes her commission to help fund her adoption. If you’re looking to host a jewelry bar, she’s your gal!