As I near my 40's I am learning to redefine what is healthy and normal for a woman my age.
Embracing the laugh lines and the metabolism that is starting to slow down...
Remembering that my body gave me four babies! What a miracle that is!...and the stretch marks and cellulite are well-worth it.
Having a daughter reminds me again and again that I want her to find her beauty in God's love...
that I want her to value her kindness, her intelligence, her creativity above any outer beauty that she may have.
I want her to remember that she is enough no matter what size she is...that her body is a temple, that she should be healthy and take care of it; but to nurture her soul above all else.
Even at five, yes, the earlier the better! Because even at five she watches television, she sees magazine covers, she is already a target for consumerism and they are telling her she needs to be pretty and skinny to fit in.
But as her mother, I will do my darnedest to teach her that she is not what she sees in the mirror.
She is a child of God, and her beauty will radiate from the inside-out...
Me and my girl :)