Highlight the Best

2 Weeks to 30

So 20’s…

…frustration with those body parts I can not change.

20‘s thought: Why are my knees to nubbly and broad?

30’s thought: I’ve come a long way since getting gravel stuck in my knee riding my bike around the farm.  These knees have run a marathon, danced in front of thousands of people, and carried me from through the Andes and the Himalayas.

20’s thought: Damn my stubby little fingers with broad knuckles that turn into little sausages in the summer.

30’s thought: Well, at least my knees and knuckles match.  Long, delicate fingers have no advantage in planting a garden over compact little ones.  My hands remind me of my mother and my maternal grandmother and for them I am grateful.

20’s thought: Cute shoes don’t usually come in w i d e.

30’s thought: The wider the better to balance on and who gives a shit about feet anyway?

20’s thought: I seriously dislike my profile.

30’s thought: I look like my big sister in pictures of my profile and she’s beautiful! 🙂

Other body parts I can’t change 

  • broad shoulders
  • thick thighs
  • stretch marks on my hips
  • dark circles under my eyes no matter how rested I am
Body aspects I appreciate the most
  • my proportions; I am thick, muscular, and compact throughout my whole body
  • I have a gorgeous skin tone all year round 🙂
  • I’ve got great eyes
  • My small boobs allow me to wear v-necks and low cut tops without looking revealing
Yeah, yeah, enough about me.  This isn’t about me.  This is about each of us identifying what old, useless, negative thoughts we are holding onto about our bodies.  The energy put into these thoughts is better spent taking action on the things you can change and this is the intention I will foster in my next decade.

Highlight the best, accept the rest!


  1. set2music

    Your skin tone is AMAZING! I noticed that on Sunday how pretty it is! My hubs is presently Mr. Burn-y/Peel-y man!!

    • 🙂 Thank you! I won the lottery with that one, I’m an Eastern European mutt with a generous dose of Irish thrown in the mix. Sadly, my arms got FRIED on Sunday too, way too much too soon!

  2. Cate

    LOVE this Faith! Made me feel better too! All those things we dislike about ourselves….you reminded that there are many things I DO like about myself and I should be thankful for all my body DOES do! Best of luck with the Trillium concert too!

  3. steph mitesser

    Hi Faith-
    You probably don’t remember me, but we met at Kath’s housewarming party last October. I just wanted to tell you I absolutely love the positive and uplifting message of your blog. These last two posts especially are so relateable and positive without being hokey. I love that you and Kath are both loving Cville as much as I did, and I hope to see you there soon when I return for a visit! We’ll toast to body acceptance 🙂

  4. what a great list. something I need to do, whether it’s on my blog or not! I feel like I’m dealing with readjusting to my body right now, and I don’t particularly like it, but this would be a great reminder that there ARE beautiful parts. And you should definitely try and post a video of you’re upcoming dancing:)

  5. You are beautiful!
    My thoughts have been in this same realm lately too. I love when we are on the same wave length — especially when it’s positive & empowering!
    Our small breasts do allow us to wear cute tops! 😉
    — & not have to hassle with uncomfortable bras as often. We are strong though! What I lack in voluptuous size, I am making up for in pec muscle/strength/definition!
    Thank you for your uplifting & inspiring blog.

  6. Rachel Hollander

    Love your profile. Love your body. Love your spirit.

    You are uniquely and beautifully you. You are a succulent wild womon! You are wonder-full, beauty-full and magic-full.

    I am thankful for you. In every decade.

  7. Love this! Great attitude. 🙂 This is something everyone should do. I’m 5 weeks away from having my first baby (and just turned 30 in Jan) so I have been replacing many negative thoughts with positive thoughts about what my body is capable of. Happy almost Bday!

  8. I feel you on the feet thing, except mine are too big! I’ve decided it’s a good thing, since I’ve never been swept up in all the expensive shoe-buying hoopla.

  9. Mamashay

    I agree with your Papa, my incredibly beautiful daugher in law. Women have a hard time looking at the whole instead of picking out pieces. You are beautiful inside and out and (OK, I promised not to do this but I am) I can’t wait for stunningly beautiful grandchidren from you and Tate <3

  10. If your feet are wide mine are WIIIIDE! 🙂 It’s strange to see you write about the body parts you’ve had to accept, because I thought you were beautiful from head to toe after seeing you in the flesh!

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