This process has not been an instant one. I had to make some choices and it started with taking some new pictures. So I ask my daughter a few days ago to take some photos of me and handed her my cell phone. (I don't have the money to have Glamour Shots done again! Are you kidding me? lol) So she took me out in our yard and posed me however she saw fit and snapped as many pictures as she felt were needed. Once we downloaded them onto my computer I started to cropping them. (I know I'm overweight and so does everyone that knows me well but I didn't care to leave all that in a photo... you gotta be crazy!) And then I started photo editing. I can honestly say that all I did was mess with the exposure, contrast, some slight color and vibrancy issues and such.... and of course added a little bit of blur just to take the edges off. So this is the real me..... with a little bit of gloss..... which every woman needs.
When it comes down to it. This year is the year I honor the fact that I'm an amazing woman in my own right. I'm not perfect. I don't have the body I once had and may not ever have a chance at that body again. I may not be able to wear the things I used to, or do the things that I used to but I have new privileges and opportunities coming my way each new day. What is standing before me today was never made available to that old me and that old me is not the one everyone is wanting now. They want the woman I am today with all my wrinkles, extra weight and wisdom, wit and heart.
If there is anything that you can get out of this I hope it is to accept who you are with all your frailties and imperfections and to honor the person you've become. Are you perfect? No but you're also not the person you used to be and that is actually a good thing. You've learned much and if you've not fought against everything God has brought into your life then you've gained wisdom in the process. So let that wisdom have it's day because this year is your time to agree with God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!