Self Portrait.

C Jane challenged readers of her blog to post self portraits for the world to see. Although at first it sounded like a splendid idea, when it came to taking the picture, things got more difficult. Should I take the picture with one of my children? Perhaps my husband? Maybe I'll take a picture of me in the van because some days it seems like that is where I spend most of my time. Or better yet, the laundry room. I'm there more than anywhere else. I didn't want my picture to be cheesy, but come on, aren't all self portraits a little cheesy. Your taking a picture of yourself, you can only get more cheese from Cheetos.

Maybe I should take a picture of something that defines me. But what defines me? And then it hit me. I know what I don't want to define me. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the impact I have on my daughter. On her image of me as a mother and a woman. When I wake up in the morning, she thinks I'm beautiful. When I get ready for church and put on my heels she thinks I'm beautiful. When I'm tired and my make-up has fallen off she thinks I'm beautiful. I know this because she tells me. She thinks I'm beautiful because I smile when I see her, not because I have on designer jeans, or heels, or make up. I decided to post my self portrait make-up free, because I want my daughter to know that I feel beautiful when I'm being me. It's not the make-up or the fancy clothes. It's the hair pulled out of my face, fat pants, natural beauty.

So here in all of my glory...
(I hope not to offend)


20 comments:

  1. Danyelle, I don't know why you even wear makeup, you are one of those people with "natural beauty"!

    Great post!

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  2. I absolutely love this. I love how much you think about things like teaching your daughter about self-worth and such. But, seriously, this picture looks like every other picture I've seen of you WITH makeup on!! You look beautiful! Are you seriously not even wearing lipstick?

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  3. Ditto, even without make-up your non-braces induced smile shows the world how beautiful you truly are.

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  4. Fabulous! Love your family slideshow a LOT :o)

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  5. Simply gorgeous -oh how you beam!

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  6. no dark circles? that's amazing... you must be a well rested mom:)

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  7. You ARE gorgeous. I agree re: the dark circles. I am envious of any mom that doesn't have those. I wonder about the day (if it ever comes) I might not have mine anymore. :)
    Glad you played the game too.

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  8. Great shot. This is a fun challenge. Nice to meet you!

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  9. hey - see you've been on some of the blogs where people really comment on others. how fun is that? i love the picture. you are really beautiful and i love that your daughter tells you that you are beautiful. maybe i need to smile more. :)

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  10. She thinks you're beautiful because you are.

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  11. Love the way that you defined the "self portrait" day. I'm majoring in Child Development and constantly thinking about the effect we have on children and vice versa. It sounds like you have a wonderful perspective on how you affect your daughter and how you can continue to impact her for the better.
    P.S. I would have never known you weren't wearing makeup! Simply gorgeous!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog, I'll become a regular on yours now!

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  12. This picture makes me so happy. One time I saw a cover shoot of Claudia Schiffer without make-up and it was beautiful. Lucky for you, you don't need make-up either.
    Your daughter is very lucky (and I am sure you feel the same way!)

    Thanks Dandee for playing along!

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  13. Good grief, where'd the fan club come from?! Send some my way!

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  14. Great photo! Why do we wear make-up? (Well, I know why I do but you look great without it!)

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  15. I found you blog off of a good friends. Wish I could look that amazing with out make-up. Love your writing.

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