My October Beauty

I first met Stephanie of Kitchen Kilometers through blogging several months ago. My heart was immediately touched by Stephanie and her story.  She lost her mother to breast cancer just six months ago. I’ve been there – and not too long before her either. We’ve shared many late-night conversations about life, love, loss, our mothers all while just trying to figure out, “Where the hell do we go from here?” Stephanie regularly inspires me with her blog and her quest to find health through running, triathlons and healthy eating. We also have many interests in common including camping, writing, crafting and learning new things. So, why am I telling you about Stephanie? She started a campaign this month called #Octoberbeauty. The words below are from her blog-

I know these exact thoughts have surrounded and suffocated me –

Still, why am I so obsessed with the fact that I don’t “look like I should?” And what the hell should I look like anyway? I know it involves skinny. It should involve healthy. I hate being so centered on my looks.

The post I hate to write, February 2012

I took Stephanie’s challenge today.

Yes. That is me. No makeup, no hair products – just me. “I am beautiful because….” And I am sharing me with the world.

I hope you will join us.

Until the next marker,


  1. This is so touching. Thank you for sharing this with your readers! I appreciate it so much!!! (and PS- You look gorgeous!) 🙂

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