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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

 

You My Beautiful Friend are Enough

There is a beauty that comes with self acceptance, but do you know what is more beautiful? Not caring what other people think. It's amazing! There are still those moments when I second guess myself, feel I'm not enough etc... I don't think anyone can be 100% self accepting and uncaring. We all have moments of weakness. About a year ago I became part of a group called Unicorn Moms. You may have seen my references to it on social media. The gist of it is this:

A Unicorn Mom is a mother 
who's not perfect, enjoys alcohol, 
has a sense of humor, and couldn't 
care less what you think. 

I don't agree with everything posted in the group, but I enjoy being part of a group where we don't get all over each other about our differences. (I also understand you don't have to drink alcohol to be cool - so if that's an issue for you, please know I didn't make up the definition or the term) I'm bringing this to you today because the holidays are hard. You don't need to be part of a group, and that's not why I'm telling you about it. You can be a unicorn without being a mom or joining a group. Be your own cheerleader - realize that you are more than ordinary - you are extraordinary! Especially during this, the time of year when we seem to doubt ourselves most. Regardless of your religion or tradition, you've likely been very busy and will remain busy through the new year. There are parties to attend (does this dress make me look fat? what if I say the wrong thing? does my hair look grey?) and there are people stopping by (is the house clean enough? did I make enough food? do you think anyone will notice I haven't cleaned under that since George W was president?). 

I feel great about myself until I start imaging what other people are thinking about me. A lot of this has subsided with age. I also remind myself that I am enough. I love enough, I laugh enough, I clean enough, I've also been ending some of my vlogs reminding my friends of the same thing. You don't have to be part of the Unicorn Mom group, that's not what this is about. What you have to do is give yourself a break. Especially when life gets hard. Cheer yourself on with positive thoughts and positive self talk!

2016 was one of those years. More people than not are saying "2016 was a rough year, I can't wait for it to end." Lots of things have happened that are completely beyond your control. What is within your control is your attitude. Remind yourself you are enough. Try to love more, laugh more, and don't care so much about what other people think. Let's all try to go into 2017 accepting our imperfections and loving ourselves just a little bit more.

What do you currently tell yourself when you look in the mirror?

What is your most beautiful trait (physical or otherwise)?

What group has been beneficial for you when it comes to being positive, motivated, and emotionally healthy?

What are you excited about in 2017 and beyond?

Share your thoughts in the comments - we would love to hear from beautiful YOU!

Hugs,
~Crystal

PS - what books did you get for Christmas? 
I'm excited to say I got a huge stack...stay tuned for reviews! 




Crystal is a church musician, babywearing mama (aka crunchy mama), business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger, Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing, Publicist with Dream of Things Publishing, Press Corp teammate for the DairyGirl Network, Unicorn Mom Ambassador, as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin with her husband, four young children (Carmen 9, Andre 8, Breccan 3, and Delphine 1), two dogs, two rabbits, four little piggies, a handful of cats and kittens, and over 230 Holsteins.

You can find Crystal riding unicorns, taking the ordinary and giving it a little extra (making it extraordinary), blogging and reviewing books, baby carriers, cloth diapers, and all sorts of other stuff at:http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

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4 Comments:

Blogger Sioux said...

Crystal--When I see the old woman in the mirror I say, "Hello," since she couldn't possibly be me.

My writing critique groups are extremely beneficial. They keep me laughing and keep me writing and submitting.

I'm excited about 2017 because I'm working on the most marketable WIP I've ever tackled. The first draft isn't even finished, but I'm stoked.

(And I too got a stack of books. Books: the best Christmas present ever!)

7:26 AM  
Blogger Crystal Otto said...

Sioux,
Can't wait to hear more about your WIP!
After you say hello to the woman in the mirror please take note of the signs of love and laughter that are appearing at the corner of her eyes and mouth. She's beautiful. She deserves a "hello beautiful!" Don't you think?
Xoxo
Crystal

7:41 AM  
Blogger Margo Dill said...

I received the book: YOU ARE A BADASS for Christmas and a $25 Amazon gift card to buy more books. Do you recommend any?

I just did a post similar to this on my blog (margoldill.com) about what I learned in 2016 and one of mine was parenting is hard--give yourself a break. :)

Sounds like I am already a unicorn mom.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Crystal Otto said...

Ooh! Sounds like a great book!

I just started this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0310318580/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

8:04 PM  

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