Even Though Sometimes My Punch Lines Fall Flat

It’s easy for me to see why humor is a beautiful characteristic –- after all, the sound of laughter and the look of a big, wide smile are two very beautiful things. But cultivating humor is hard -– truly amusing people, I suspect, are just born that way. Most people are probably like me: personable and fun, but not actually funny-funny. Does this mean I’m missing a key beautiful quality? Do funny people shine a little brighter than the rest of the ho-hum world? ...more

You are right - humor is so much more than jokes. The older I get, the more I see the ...more

Own Your Beauty, Month 4: Adventure in Sweat

First, I want to make it perfectly clear that I’m not winning races. I run a moderate pace, I’m not a particularly fast cyclist, and –- Heaven knows -– I sink more than I swim. Once, I was literally the last person out of the lake during a triathlon. The point of racing isn’t winning the whole thing –- the point is to race yourself. ...more

Love this :)

I was never athletic and have recently started embracing exercise...

But, ...more

Flipping It: How 200 Girls Redefined "Beautiful"

This month, I was asked to contemplate how creativity creates inner beauty. And I immediately thought of a group of high school girls from Colleyville, Texas. Tired of society’s narrow definition of beauty, the group decided to start a new club at Colleyville High School. They called themselves “Redefining Beautiful,” printed matching baby blue shirts, and challenged one another to skip make-up on Tuesdays. ...more

Thanks for sharing this, feels great to know that these young girls realize the true meaning of ...more

Own Your Beauty, Month Two: Not the Perfect Coach, Just Coach Caitlin

I serve as an assistant coach, and once a week, I get together with my sixteen girls and we talk about life, homework, cooking, families, and – of course – running. I was so nervous the night before our first meeting. I have very little experience with girls of this age, and I wanted so badly to be a Perfect Coach. I wanted to present the lesson plans in the most perfect way and inspire my girls to run perfectly even splits. I wanted the girls to run to their parents after our workout and exclaim, “Mom! I had the most PERFECT day!” (Image from BlogHer’s Own Your Beauty Flickr group) ...more

I loved this post, and not feeling so great about my own beauty, I decided to dust my running ...more

Own Your Beauty, Month 1: Authentic Beauty in a World of Digital Hair

Vit continued: “The reason I’m writing is because on Friday, I was at my weekly hospital checkup and one of my therapists made me eat a 500-calorie meal, which I haven’t done in ages, to desensitize me. I was on my way to the bathroom to throw up after my appointment, and I had just locked the stall when I saw a sticky note on the back of the door. It said, ‘You’re beautiful. You are good enough. OperationBeautiful.com.’ No one has ever said that to me. I didn’t throw up today. It was the first time I ate something solid and did not throw it up in years.” ...more

The fire in our eyes... that is where the real beauty lives.
Love that... Thank ...more

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Own Your Beauty. Change The Conversation. We are the beautiful people. All women. Every one of us. And that's amazing. Let’s own it. Let's collaborate on a definition of beauty that celebrates what makes each of us unique, inside and out. Instead of measuring ourselves against some airbrushed, Photoshopped ideal, let’s tailor the standard of beauty to suit ourselves. ...more

Own Your Beauty Host Blogger: Caitlin Boyle of Operation Beautiful

Caitlin is a health and fitness blogger who believes the online community can inspire woman (and men!) to lead their healthiest, best lives -- both mentally and physically. Her blog, HealthyTippingPoint, receives more than 800,000 hits a month from people who are looking for inspiration from her "Everywoman" attitude about exercise. ...more