Monday, September 30, 2013

Music for Feeling Beautiful

Hello friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Matt and I had a great time yesterday at a Jewish wedding--more pictures on that later this week!

I was planning to do a Music Monday post, then I saw that Betsy had a great link-up planned for today with the prompt, "I feel the most beautiful when..." I didn't want to disappoint you all, so I'm combining the best of both worlds on today's post.

I know I've tossed around the term "Crohn's Disease" on here every now and then, but I don't think I've talked about it all too much. Crohn's is basically an inflammation of the intestines, and it's not really something that can be "cured," but maintained. It's a nasty little bugger, and sometimes it gets me down more than I care to admit. I feel that I have been fortunate that it hasn't severely affected my quality of life (in the past few years at least), but it has dragged me down, more than I care to admit.

Three weeks before surgery, 2007.
I feel the most beautiful when I'm healthy.

I feel the most beautiful when I can branch out and try new foods, and not suffer the consequences later.

Sushi and I were not friends for a good part of my life.
I feel beautiful when I'm not all roided out because I'm having a flare up--when I'm not facing sleepless nights, unstoppable weight gain, and a swollen face that looks nothing like me.

I feel the most beautiful when I can sit up straight, when I'm not all hunched over because of pains in my stomach.
Or because I have a fever and chills.
I feel the most beautiful when I have endless amounts of energy, when I don't need to sleep 10+ hours at night and take another three hour nap during the day.

I feel the most beautiful when I can travel and experience the world, without the worry of a flare up.

Hiking a mountain in Mexico.
I feel the most beautiful when my clothes fit just right--not too loose because of diseased-induced weight loss, and not too tight because of steroids.

I feel the most beautiful when I'm able to workout consistently at the gym. We all know the benefits of exercise.

I feel the most beautiful when I'm with my husband. Sickly or not, he always makes me feel completely confident in myself, as if I'm the only person in the room who matters.

Being healthy gives me beauty and confidence. It makes me feel comfortable in my own skin, and inspires me to seek out new adventures. I'm healthy now, but I know that can change at any time, so I feel very blessed and grateful for these beautiful moments, and for the amazing husband who supports me through it all.

What makes you feel beautiful, dear readers? Head over to Betsy Transatlantically and please share! And, since it is Music Monday, here is a hand-picked playlist that always makes me feel like the most awesome person on the planet.

Much Love,



  1. oh YAY I love the idea of health = beauty. I'm so sorry you have to experience it so fully, but I guess it does make you recognize the times when you are healthy and beautiful? You can't really take it for granted when you have a disease like Crohn's. Having read this, I'll try to be more aware in my own life. Thank you :)

  2. You're welcome! I'm a strong believer in how you feel on the inside (both physically and emotionally) impact how you look and feel on the outside.


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