reverb10: beautifully different

Every month, like clockwork, I get a migraine that lasts 24-48 hours. It’s painful, it makes me feel sick, and the last thing I want to do is be on a computer, which is why you haven’t heard from me for a few days. I woke up this morning without  pain shooting through head, so here I am. I’m pretty bummed I missed the last two days and I may catch up with them sooner or later, but I don’t want to bombard you with too many posts. And thank you for all your wonderful comments on my last post.

Today’s #reverb10 prompt:

december 8: {beautifully different}

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. 

I’ve been heavier than I’d like for most my life, and while I’ve always surrounded myself with a group of friends who truly love me just the way I am, it’s hard to think you’ll ever find someone else who will love you just as you are. It’s also hard when you’re the only one not dating anyone. I can’t tell you how many nights I cried myself to sleep thinking I would never find anyone. 

So when someone came into my life who wanted me, liked me, and needed me in his life just the way I was, I knew he was special. Now, every single day (even if he’s not physically here), my husband tells me how gorgeous, sexy, hot, or how beautiful I am. And I’m finally—after five years—starting to believe him. 

He tells me I’m beautiful when I’m sick and haven’t showered in days, and I believe him. He tells me I’m gorgeous when I’m not wearing any makeup, and I believe him. He even tells me I’m sexy when we’re out in public, and I believe him. Just being myself and embracing who I am makes him happy.

You know the scene in Love, Actually where he stands there with a sign that reads, “To me, you are perfect”? Well, my husband—who I promise had never seen the movie—told me that a few months into our courtship. After I picked my jaw up off the floor I realized guys really do say things like that—and completely mean it. But it’s taken me this long to truly believe him when he says I’m perfect in his eyes. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way, I don’t go around thinking I’m the most beautiful woman in the world, but it’s comforting to know that back home—when I’m wearing my sweats and haven’t shaved my legs, my husband still thinks I’m beautiful. (Don’t worry, I promise I do shower and shave for special occassions.) 

I think being beautifully different is part of being in love. It’s seeing someone who is completely human and not perfect in any way, shape or form, and realizing that person is in your life to love you, make you laugh, see the absolute best in you, and to help you realize just how beautiful you really are.


  1. You made me cry because 1) I'm so happy for you and I know how in love your two are and it's beautiful!

    2) It makes me appreciate my husband because he makes me feel the exact same way!

  2. Such a beautiful post. I think most of us (especially women) have some personal issue that we focus on – something that makes us "wonder" if we'll ever find a quality partner. I'm so glad you guys found each other. Your story is lovely.

  3. I LOOOOVE, LOOOOVE, LOOOVE this post! Thank you so much for sharing, I'm glad that you were able to find someone who loves and adores you just the way you are! 🙂

  4. OHHH man. I've been a sufferer of migraines since I was 9 years old. I ABSOLUTELY feel your pain … in fact, I think my condition is technically chronic because I'll sometimes get them 2-3 times a week. Imitrex = a beautiful thing. It's expensive … but SO worth it. Knocks those bastards on their butts before you even get past the initial aura symptoms.

  5. I am crying a little right now. When I read this prompt, I thought, "Me, beautiful? I don't think so!" But I have a man who tells me I'm beautiful, who loves me and who doesn't care that I don't shave nearly as often as I should either!

    Your beauty made me reflect on my very own, when I doubted it's existnace. Thank you!

    Glad you're feeling better and are back!

  6. What you have described is what every girl should have. I'm truly happy for you. And your husband… I bet he thinks he has all the best in life because he has you.

    Daniel treats me the same way… and there are times I want to rib him and say, "You're so sappy" but when I look in his eyes, I can see he's speaking from his heart. And I am a blessed and happy woman because of him.

  7. Isn't it amazing to have a husband who loves you for who you are? It took me a long time to believe my husband too but I am getting there! Your husband sounds absolutely amazing.

    Also, I am so sorry you have migraines. I used to get about 12 a month but now I am down to about 1 or 2. They are horrible and I wouldn't wish one on my worst enemy!

  8. I'm going to sound like I'm copying everyone when I say that this made me cry. But not just a little tear, a full on blubbering cry. I'm so happy for you, so happy that you can embrace how beautiful you truly are. And that you have someone to remind you of that everyday. Everyone should get to feel this. I'm so glad he tells you and that you believe him, it's not easy. You're both so blessed.

  9. Every mother wants the best for their children, and I feel VERY BLESSED that my daughter found such a wonderful man to marry!

    (Amanda if you are reading this…. I feel the same about the woman my son married too!)

  10. All of these reverb's are beautifully written. I especially like this one. I was about 180-185 when I met my husband to be online. I ended up losing 60 pounds (Have gained back 15 & want to lose 10.) But he's loved me thick & thinner.

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