“A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy or enough. She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that he find her beautiful, has deemed her worthy, and in him, she is enough.”
― John Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
What I personally find beautiful is a woman that is SO rooted in her faith that she doesn't spend a moment of her time 'outwardly' exploring whether or not she is 'beautiful' at all. Because beauty is within her. Beauty is oozing out of her pores. Beauty is so much more about who she 'is'.
I find it beautiful when someone's beauty......hmmm, how do I word this.......when someone's beauty kind of 'startles' you in a way that just moves your soul. I find it beautiful when it's no longer 'Oh, she has pretty features' and rather it's 'She is just such a beautiful person'. and her beauty is simply 'her'.
And this relates to what I am about to share next....
Last night, I participated in a Gorgeous Gut Gathering hosted by the Creator of Gorgeous Gut, Anna Shadid, Integrative Nutritional Health Coach.
According to Anna's invitation:
"Gorgeous Gut Gatherings is a space for you to enhance your overall gorgeous gut health and well being, practice intuitive living, experiment with new foods, and manifest a deeper love for yourself'.
So, there were four of us. We each brought creative, personal and delicious sweet & savory gut healthy dishes. And we gathered in an artsy European styled setting (aka Anna's home) with absolutely no scheduled agenda, topics or guidelines.
We talked about everything that came to mind and there were absolutely no limits. It was a total spontaneous evening filled with such rich conversation. What did we talk about? Meditation techniques, the psychology & physiology of the body, the best foods for gut health, a bit of our own journeys, remapping the brain, healing, the limbic system, positive thinking and sooo much more.
It was relaxing, intriguing, hilarious at times and I would say, fulfilling to my mind - body - and spirit. I also found it a relief to be around such like-minded & curious souls.
How did this event tie into beauty? This might be too 'woo woo' for some of you but, there was something so so beautiful about the evening from my lens. And there was something so beautiful about each of these women. Here you have four women all sharing & listening to one another about topics we were all so deeply passionate about. And they were all topics that help enhance our well being - health - and our overall love for a life filled with wellness. To me, that's really really beautiful!! It's so much more rewarding than sitting around a table discussing what we are wearing, who is dating who, what we weigh, how we 'look', etc.
True beauty really does come from the inside. And when you know where your beauty is rooted, you don't focus on it rather, it just 'is'......it just sort of springs to life on it's own.
I think it was the first evening in a very long time, where I wasn't 'in my head'. I was in the moment.
I urge you all to really check out Gorgeous Gut. It's becoming one of my favorites!!!
In closing, I said that Snapshots of Wellness had an update as well. I will be taking a mini-hiatus so, I will be back May 1st! And if it is any sooner, you'll all be hearing about that too.
You're all beautiful! Take care of yourselves!
Created and curated by Kelly, Snapshots of Wellness encourages all of you to cultivate your 'joie de vivre': Compassion for Animals via food, style & lifestyle.