“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder.” ~Salma Hayek

 

Seeing this picture and the others from the photoshoot for the first time in my life I felt beautiful. It was such a powerful moment I cant really describe.

Even when I was growing up I was always the tomboy more comfortable with the guys than the girls. People are always telling me how “strong” I am just 2 weeks ago when I was in Sydney during a handstand workshop I had numerous people come up to me afterwards commenting on how “strong” I was. I’m know as the “strong” teacher, the “power” girl and I love that. After my car accident it took so long for me to feel strong again to trust in the things my body could do. I love how strong my body has become. But I’ve never truly felt beautiful, I cant remember a time when anyone else has said to me “you’re beautiful”.  For many years I felt like I wasn’t pretty enough that I was too fat or not good enough. Its taken a long time for me to let that go and to learn to accept myself for who I am. Whilst I learnt to accept myself for who I am I cant say I ever really felt beautiful. Even saying the words here is hard. When explaining to a friend how seeing these pics made me feel I struggled with saying the word ‘beautiful’. But every time I look at this picture it makes me smile, it makes me feel peaceful and above all it makes me feel BEAUTIFUL.

Thanks to Ann-Marie Ashely Photography for making this such an amazing experience.