First off, let me begin by saying I am SO honored Lori is letting me guest post on her blog!! She is such an inspiration to us all and really – who can resist the photos of her food? Super yummy!
Lori wrote a while ago (here) about what finding radiance meant to her. I think the greatest phrase that stuck out for me was “Finding radiance is letting your inner strength and light shine out like a beacon.” We all hear about inner beauty and inner strength, but rarely state anything about it, or rather – rarely hear about showing that to everyone else.
I would dare to say that most of us start the weight-loss journey because of our physical appearance – the thought of showing our inner beauty never comes across as a major reason to lose weight or to get healthy. That comes so much further into the journey – when we all start to get comfortable with ourselves and what we have to offer the world, and to one another. So to say that you’re ready to basically show the world what ya got….well, it’s quite the statement.
My own blog is called Destination:Athlete. I’ve never considered myself as one, and the taunts I received as a child or teenager (as I’m sure we all have) continue to resonate in my brain today. I’ve accepted those taunts and childish games as being reality – which is most definitely is not. I’m well on my way to trying to be one – I regularly run in road races, I complete in triathlons, and I continue to look for new challenges to push forward. By most people’s definitions I am one…but it’s the inner me that is always striving for more. Striving for perfection, for that image of an athlete.
You see, I haven’t gotten so far to let my “inner self” come out and play, as it were…I’m holding it in.
For what, I don’t know.
But the truth is – we’re all radiant, in one way or another. The fact that we blog (or read them!) about our challenges, our struggles, our triumphs, our wins – the fact that we look at the truth of our every day life, no matter our skewed perceptions, is a sign of our own radiant beauty.
We need to give ourself the credit for continuing to try, minute after minute, day after day, to move forward in our healthiness journey.
For striving to push our own radiance forward.
You are so right, Ginesa – thanks for the post!