What is beauty? I found a wonderful quote today that got me thinking. “What a beautiful thing it is, to be able to stand tall and say, ” I fell apart, and I survived.” Riderek. I think anyone that has survived cancer can say this. Not everyone gets to see how they look without hair! You have to be tough! You find an inner strength you never knew you had. Just when you think you have fallen apart, you realize you survived! The beauty inside you takes over until you feel whole again.

There is beauty everywhere if we just choose to see it. It’s easy to find beauty in nature, art, and music, outside of ourselves. But I am talking about the beauty of human beings. A beautiful gesture, a kind word, even just a smile. There are beautiful minds, deep thoughts, wonderful conversations. Seek these out. I think there is beauty in a persons energy. Have you ever been around someone that makes you feel energized and alive? These people are truly beautiful no matter what they look like on the outside. There is beauty in someone that is quietly confident, you can see it in the way they carry themselves. Passion is another thing that I find beautiful, watching someone enjoying themselves and getting lost in what ever it is that they are doing is beautiful.

I’m not even sure why I am writing this… but it seems that in the world today beauty is being bought and sold. People spend so much time and money chasing beauty, that they don’t even realize they are already beautiful. Looking a certain way is not necessarily beauty. Beauty is so much more than skin deep! It’s not the clothes you wear or who you know. I admire peoples differences, their unique features, inspiring thoughts, and ideas. I embrace those that are different. Life can be tough sometimes. Just when you think you have it all together, life can pull a fast one on you and fall apart. Some days you just have to pick up the pieces and move on. Be strong my friends! I admire people that can rise above all the negativity and somehow find the strength and fortitude to stay positive. Its too easy to stumble down the negative rabbit hole. Don’t do it! Stand tall and be your own beautiful badass self! ¬†Embrace the things that make you you. Just think how boring life would be if we were all exactly the same!

Well…part 14

imageI am four weeks out since my last chemo treatment. I am feeling great, very out of shape, but great! Mentally I feel much stronger too! That is why I started writing this blog. I kept replaying this whole story over and over in my head. I was ready to move on, ready to start living again. I had to start thinking about the future and not reliving the past. So for my own sanity I decided to tell my story. At first I was scared about what people would think. Anyone that didn’t know what was going on with me would surely know now. Not that many people follow my blog anyway. No one will probably even read it. So I figured I would just go ahead with it, and get it out of my head.

I am so amazed and grateful for all the wonderful feedback I have been receiving. All the support and kind words, you guys are blowing me away! I have always enjoyed writing but, the connections I am making with people, friends and strangers, that needed to hear these words is absolutely amazing to me. The stories people are sharing with me. I am truly humbled! I have a tattoo on my wrist that says, inspire. It has always been my desire to inspire and help others in some way but I was never quiet sure how. ¬†I am finding out that the power of words is stronger than I ever imagined! I want to thank all of you for reading, connecting, and sharing these words. If reading my story helps comfort one person or help them know that they are not alone, it is more than I could have ever asked for! Please feel free to share my story with anyone that you think might benefit from reading it. Your words have given me strength and are inspiring me to write more! I can’t wait to share more with you, thank you!