All Four Love {Love Yourself}

It is easy to feel comfortable behind the lens.

I love that I am the one capturing our day to day lives.

It is different being on the other side of the lens.

This was a fun activity for me because it was out of the norm.

I have become more comfortable about it over the years I have had this blog.

{It would be strange for you to follow me, read my words and not know what I look like}

It is easy to love the beauty in others.

It is acceptable to praise them.

It is OK to talk about what you find lovely in another person.

It is also OK to love things about yourself.

I don’t mean to be prideful…to be thankful.

I am very comfortable in my skin at 38.

I don’t look at these photos and see my flaws….I see contentment and joy.

I am not oblivious to my imperfections…I just don’t need to dwell on them.

I see a body that has carried three babies.

I have scars across my stomach that made it possible for two of my babies to live.

I have breasts that have nursed all my babies and made them chubby and healthy.

I have lines across my face that prove how much I love to laugh, talk and sing.

I have hands that are not long or graceful but they make art, take care of my family and love on them all.

That is a good place to be…even in the midst of my imperfections…I am OK with them and I find them beautiful.

Now it is your turn to link up and show how you have photograped yourself this week.

Courtney and I can’t wait to see them!!

Next week will be our fourth and final week of the photo challenge and the theme is {Love Your Passion}

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  1. Courtney Walsh

    Love these! It IS so hard to be on the other side of the camera. Even when you can see your reflection in the lens. Or maybe especially because you can see your reflection in the lens. Looks like you captured the true essence of you!

  2. Martha

    such beau-ti-ful pictures Jeanne…love seeing your personality shine through…even though I’ve talked to you twice on the phone…I feel like I can see you in the little time we have talked
    xo

  3. Stacey

    Jeanne!
    I absolutely love this post! We often remind ourselves of our imperfections that only we see. I love that you have embraced yourself and have shared this with all of us. You have made me realize how grateful I should be for those imperfections that we have for they are apart of what has carried us through our lives. I love that I will look at my hands and know all that they have done like holding my babies, baking for my loved ones, hugging my grandmother, holding hands and creating. I am so grateful that you shared some of these thoughts with the rest of us. I was so excited to see your first video to hear your voice. To see your eyes light up when talking about how passionate you are about your art and what you create. You have created a beautiful world one that you may grow and pass this wisdom onto others and for that I am grateful. So, thank you!

  4. amy

    so many of these jeanne are “stories in a photo.” i love that creative approach. love the one with the book and the one with you laughing with your hand on your face.=)

  5. Lori

    I adore these shots of you Jeanne and the words you used to describe yourself ~ what a great place to be…

  6. Karen

    This was a hard photo post for me! Weird how to look at parts of self in the lens makes a person feel so vulnerable…You did great at letting your beauty just shine.

  7. Lara

    I love, love these…especially now because I recognize these expressions! Sorry I missed your call today—was buried in gel medium and had my phone off. I’m getting my mammogram tomorrow, but will find moment to call–missing you!!!!
    oxoxoxo
    L
    p.s. going to the Creative Connection for sure–let’s go together.

  8. Leah C

    I love, love these fun & beautiful photos of you!! You are sooo lovely…imperfections and all:) Loving myself is a bit of a challenge sometimes; I think I need to read this post of your wonderful words over & over to remind me!

  9. Jen R.

    Jeanne…I love these pictures. And your words – so comforting. Honesty, truth, and joy are so beautiful. I LOVE being behind the camera too… but, need to find some bravery and step in front of the camera more often. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  10. Maretta

    ooohhh….beautiful! beautiful words…. beautiful pictures….. p.s. i am wishing, wishing and hoping that maybe i can covince my husband that i NEED to go to nada farm this may! 😉

  11. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Love this, J. I’ve always enjoyed that you put photos of yourself on your blog – I couldn’t agree with your philosophy more. I always connect more to those who I can picture in my mind!

    Lovely pics. Beautiful soul.

  12. Shawn Seay

    such an uplifting post. a reminder to be thankful instead of sweating all the small stuff.
    beautiful. I strongly dislike seeing pictures of myself, as i have grown plump the last few years:-(
    thanks for sharing your heart and soul.

  13. Amanda

    your beautiful!

    And to go along with it, this was a beautiful post. I love the photo with the book in your hands, such a neat shot. The lighting in the background is very soft too and sets a good mood.

    I had so much fun with this challenge this week.

  14. Kerri

    Such a beautiful post Jeanne! Lovely words and a gorgeous smile! I think taking photos of yourself for everyone to see is not easy and it is one I need to do! That is my goal tomorrow and hoepfully I won’t be too chicken to post the pictures!

  15. kolleen

    you make me smile.

    you are such a beauty inside and out….i truly hope our paths cross again…
    i would love to sit across from you and talk about being 38 and what is to come for both
    of us at 39!! 😉

    oxoxo
    loving you
    kolleen

  16. Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale

    you are very lovely!
    i too, think that we should embrace all our lines of aging and changed bodies from having babies. it is so much more interesting than a perfect airbrushed image of a woman…so not real!!
    🙂

  17. Elaine/TinkerVerve

    That is a sweet and beautiful post, Jeanne….{I have a lovely scar where two babies were removed from me as well…baby #3 came the ‘other’ way ~ I’m a fan of the ‘through the belly’ way!!!} 😉

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