Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project 2.0 Week #19


Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

Exactly a week ago, I came back to my home town and it has been a fun-filled week full of adventures and memories I will treasure for the rest of my life!

This week I have spent lots of time in the forest and open water swimming.  I am so glad that I have this time to catch up with my friends and family.  I was also a ball of emotions at the beginning of the week.  We took pictures at our open water swim in the sound and I was bummed for at least 3 days…

Bummed because when I saw myself in the pictures I felt like I put on a lot of weight since the last time we took open water pictures in January.  It brought me down because I have been working out so consistently and doing my best to be healthy and the pictures make it seem like I have not made much progress.  That is the mind game that is trying to twist my perception of myself and I have been working on shifting my lenses.

Everything else is coming together and I have every reason in the world to be happy, but I let the image of myself get me down.  Apparently I have more work to do on my confidence and body-image.  It is definitely a work in progress.  Then on Wednesday I finally told myself that I would just take the week off.  I have been working out at the gym so consistently since January and my mind, body, and heart probably needed this break.

When I made this agreement with myself, it was as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

I honestly still cringe a little when I see pictures of myself from yesterday’s swim, but that is okay.  This is me and I want to accept myself.


“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.  For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.  And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”  

-Audrey Hepburn

  • Be generous.  I am working on it.
  • Be present.  I struggled with this a little bit this week.
  • Don’t gossip.  I don’t like to gossip.
  • Write letters.
  • Remember Birthdays.
  • Do something nice for someone.  

May has been a busy month full of transitions and changes.  I have noticed that my mind has a tendency to run away when I get stressed.  This week I want to work on being present and enjoying the magical moments that are happening right here and now.

Here are my posts from the week.  Check them out:

I am so happy to be here.  I even got to go to Kathy Morris’s Memorial.  We celebrated her life this entire weekend.

How was your week?  What are your goals for this upcoming week?  Please comment below to share!

❤ Alana

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