Thursday, September 26, 2013

20in13: Favorite Parts

This post is part of 20in13. For more information or to participate, check out this post. 

Today's topic: What is your favorite part of your body and why? What is your favorite part of your personality and why?

(I also go into least favorites because I'm an overachiever. Not necessarily part of the assignment if you'd like to join in.)

At the moment my favorite part of my body is my pregnant belly. I'll be honest, I thought I would be one of those people who just glowed with their pregnancy, who just absolutely loved being pregnant. But I am not one of those people. I hobble around with all these aches and pains, and I'm tired all the time. But one thing I do love is my pregnant belly. I was blessed with one that doesn't have too many stretch marks or the dark line up the middle, and my belly button never fully "pops." 

Don't get me wrong, ALL pregnant bellies are beautiful, but I really did luck out. And for the record, just because my pregnant belly is on the pretty side doesn't mean the rest of me lucked out, there are plenty of stretch marks other places... but as they say "I've earned these stripes."

When I'm not pregnant, overall I'm happy with my body.  I was blessed to be raised with a high-level of self-esteem when it comes to this, for which I consider myself lucky because many women struggle and are so hard on themselves physically. In fact, I didn't even know "body issues" were such a real problem until I got to college and saw other girls obsessing over their figures (which were ideal, as we were athletes) Of course I loved my college-bod, a little more than my post-baby bod... but I think that's a common occurrence.

But weirdly, my favorite parts are my feet, (which are not as cute while preggo!) my butt, my wrists, my collarbone, and the sprinkle of "beauty marks" on my face. 

And just so we are being honest, my least favorite part: my arms-- even when I was putting more miles on my body in the water than on my car in college, I've never had the definition I'm so envious of in other women.

On to personality portion of the competition:

My favorite parts? 

I try to see the humorous side in everything, or at least appreciate the fact that maybe a given situation will be laughable later. Even if its hard to see the humor in the present.

I also try to see the beauty in the little things. I try to take mental snapshots of things that make me smile (Light filtering through the trees, the feeling of a crisp fall day after a week of hot summer, the sound of Henry's giggle...) I believe happiness is a choice, and taking note of these little things allows me to be happy.

I like to think I can say what I'm thinking, but present it in a way that isn't blunt or hurtful, even in a tough situation. In my opinion communication is the key to life, and I think I'm a very good communicator.

And even though this wasn't part of the question, probably my least favorite part of my personality is I can sometimes be a bit of a complainer and exaggerator. I didn't realize this until college. And I'm incapable of making a long story short, so...

I was at a party one summer in college with some of my girlfriends near campus. They were charging to drink, and instead of paying, we just stole a few of the zip-ties out of the back-pocket of the host (who we barely knew) to put on our wrists. This signified that we had paid to drink. Well, since we'd stolen them, we didn't have the scissors to cut off the excess tie. So over the course of the afternoon, my zip tie got tighter and tighter and tighter. When we eventually got picked up from the party by a friend, I explained the story and my oh-so-painful, pitiable situation. He looked right at me and said, "It's always something with you, isn't it, Lauren?"

I totally appreciated his honesty in that moment as it allowed me to know myself better. Sometimes outsiders have a more accurate perspective. Since then I try to think a little more about what I am trying to accomplish before I speak. 

But like everyone, every day I get to know myself a little better...

It sure must be an enlightening moment, the day you come to know and understand yourself completely.

So, what about you? Favorite and least favorite parts of your body and personality? How well do you know yourself?

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