Thursday, June 30, 2011

a little self-lovin'

In the bathroom of the Up Middle Hall in Mayfield dormitory, I have a favorite stall.  For those of you who are curious, it’s the middle one on the right side.  It’s my favorite because it has all these cute notes and things to do while you are “perched on your throne.”

Sudokus, word searches, line drawings, a place to leave encouraging notes during finals—you name it—all there in your little sanctuary.  One day a new sheet of construction paper appeared to brighten that cold, gray metal.  At the top someone had written, “What’s your favorite thing about your body?”

It didn’t take long for that paper to fill up.  Some responses were serious.  Some were funny.  Some were long.  Some were short.  But judging from the plethora {I’ve always wanted to use that word in my writing} of handwriting styles on that paper, everyone who entered that stall had something to say.

I have a confession to make.

I never wrote anything on that paper.

Last week, I had the rare opportunity to talk to my boyfriend.  Like always we were having a very deep conversation on some intellectual topic such as whether or not he showered this week at camp or whether or not I applied enough sunscreen at the beach.  For some reason, this question came up again.  What do you love most about your physical appearance?

It took him less than five seconds to name off five or six things he loved about himself {most of all was his mole hairs, of course}.  Now granted, his answers were all said in a joking manner {did I expect him to be serious?}, but at least he had multiple answers.

You know what I told him?  My hair.

How unoriginal.  The girls on my hall liked their “long curly eyelashes,” their “dark brown eyes,” their “sexy curves,” and the “cute little mole on their pinky toe."  And what did I like? My hair… and only most days.

So, I’ve had some opportunity to ponder on this question, and I’ve come up with another one of my lists.  It’s kind of refreshing.  I mean God made me one of kind.  There has never been and there will never be another person like me.  I am unique, a masterpiece, and wonderfully complex and I should thank God for that and celebrate it.

So here it goes…

#1  My hair.  I know, I know… but I really do!  It can be curly.  It can be straight.  It can be dark.  It can be light.  It pretty much does whatever I want it to.  It’s thick and shiny and soft and I love it.

#2  My eyes.  I don’t even know what color to use to describe them.  On my license it says hazel.  On my passport it says green.  If I wear the right color, they look blue.  But if I look real close, they are blue on the outside, green on the inside with little hazel lightning bolts throughout.  Yes, I did sit on the counter by the sink of my bathroom just to get a good look in the mirror at them.

#3  My skin.  I don’t know why you would know this, but I have soft skin.  And, it’s naturally this beautiful pale, pale, pale, pale white color. {One time my makeup got too dark so I went to buy the next lightest shade.  It was called “translucent.” I decided to switch brands.}  This paleness used to bother me, but now I don’t mind it so much.  Especially when I see orange people who smell like the tanning bed.  I bet their skin isn’t as soft as mine in thirty years.

#4  My teeth.  Definitely haven’t always felt this way.  Man, did I have the biggest buck-toothed smile back in the day.  Two and a half years of braces were definitely worth it.  Also, Crest Vivid White toothpaste is amazing… just saying.

#5  My legs.  Though they may be short, I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  They always get me where I need to go, whether that’s a 5-mile run or two steps to the couch to catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars.  And though they will never fit into a size 2 pair of jeans, I’m pretty sure it’s mostly muscle—so no complaints here!

Okay, I’m done.  And my conscious feels a little better about not writing on the bathroom stall.

But now it’s your turn.  What’s your favorite thing about your body? {By the way, this is not a rhetorical question.  Make my day!  Leave me a comment!}


  1. I try not to think about my body too often. However, I have come up with 5 things I like about it. 1) my hair - it is thick, good color (especially with some blond highlights). It can be fixed in several styles that I think look good on me. 2) my eyes - You got your eyes from me. 3)my thin frame - up until I turned 40 I could eat just about what I wanted (of course now my family tells me I could use the exercise) 4) my cheek bones - From braces and wisdom teeth extraction they have given me a nice line that doesn't protrude too much. 5) my skin - Not because of bad acne breakouts but because of scarring acne I took Accutane in high school. It has now left me with pretty skin.

    God made all of us unique and sometimes we need to praise Him for his creativity.

  2. This is really hard...I'm like your mom...I try not to think about my body!
    1. Dark eyes- I love my dark brown eyes
    2. Dark hair- I love that it is not the typical blonde hair blue eyes thing...but the all natural dark brown hair with dark brown eyes.
    3. My smile- always being told you have a smile like Julia Roberts can't be bad right :-)
    4. My fingers- I actually love having long skinny fingers
    5. My curves- well honestly I haven't minded having curves, but now it seems all my curves have moved into various places I never knew existed until having a baby. Now I have curves everywhere...but most importantly I do love my stretch marks. I prayed for them and the Lord granted them to me. They are my "Ayla tatoo"!

  3. after thinking longer than I should've had to about this, I finally have my five:

    1 My eyelashes - they sure do curl!
    2 My complexion - I don't have to (or at least choose not to) wear hardly any makeup.
    3 My small hands and feet (I'm counting that as one...) - it's great having small feet because sometimes I can get good deals on shoes! ;)
    4 My nose - if I didn't like this sucker, I don't think I would have put a shiny thing in it to attract more attention!
    5 Well, since others like a mole on their bodies...I guess it's okay for me to say that I like the one on my right hand :)