Thursday, March 31, 2011

Suzy Bootz, Pageant Coach....Your Dream Beyond Pageantry

I love pageants...I always have...anything that has to do with dressing up in a formal gown I love! But that's not the only reason I love them. This article below explains a little more about why I love them and why I love to compete and I think it can be related to anything that our hearts desire...but there's a line that stood out to me that I'm going to share..."The crown does not define a winner, nor does that coveted title identify you for the person you have attempted to become – it only allows the momentary recognition of being able to see yourself for what you have accomplished and what you have yet to become." I LOVE this statement! We all want to be recognized in some way for our accomplishments right? I've just chosen pageantry as my outlet, not only because I love being on stage and being able to express myself through a BEAUTIFUL gown, but because it gives me the opportunity for self improvement, something that we should always strive for, the opportunity to meet and network with so many different AMAZING women and share my passion of building a positive and healthy body image in women! So whatever your dream is, don't let any hiccup in your road stop you from achieving that dream!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Riddle Me Peter Winslow

I stumbled upon a couple of different sites today about inner beauty and wanted to share this article from both of them. I actually copied this from the original author's site at with Peter Winslow. You can get more information from below. But the site I found this on is

Do you have a definitive answer to this puzzler?

  • You can’t fake it, but you can definitely hide it.
  • You can’t buy or sell it, but it never stops giving to those who have it.
  • When you have it, you are much loved and pursued for it.

Got it? If you need a little more to go on, most people have chimed in with answers like love, wisdom, and happiness. Some offer these conclusions: integrity, compassion, character, honor, dignity, passion, altruism, and a few more along these lines. Who is correct?

Well, it seems to me that everyone is. And what does this constellation of responses bring into your mind? What do all these inferences have in common? We could say that they all demonstrate an ineffable essence that can only be found within us. These are all measures of what we might call inner beauty.
There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about the elusive qualities of inner beauty. There’s even a TV program that entertains its audience by lampooning the visually stunning contestants for their apparent lack of “true” beauty. More and more, this type of beauty seems to be missing in action, and it’s all too easy to make sport of those who’ve never much considered it.

So, what is inner beauty – and more to the point – how do you get it?

It seems likely that a path to inner beauty, if there is such a thing, must lead directly to the core of the individual. Begin thinking of it as the intuitive “heart and soul” within you. The ancient Greeks believed that a person’s soul resided in the heart muscle, and their early anatomical scientists often dissected the organ searching for evidence. Today this age-old analogy offers us an inkling of the divine wisdom we harbor within us, even when unaware of its presence. We intuit that everyone is beautiful on the inside, yet finding this in ourselves can be a challenge.

We’ve all met people seemingly filled with “inner beauty”? What was it about them that you recognized? This is a very significant question if you know the ancient philosophy that teaches a very profound axiom: we are not able to recognize in others that which we do not ourselves possess. At some level of being, you are no different than those you admire, or you could not have recognized inner beauty in them. What you found so attractive about them is a relevant insight to your own inner beauty.

There is nothing more exciting or powerful than discovering this wonderful truth about yourself. Information like this will shatter the old self-image with its criticisms, aspersions and fears, while laying the groundwork for a new way to experience the world in which you live.
As inner beauty grows, your life experience begins to change in a profoundly positive way. Gone is fear, shame, insecurity, and the harsh and judgmental inner critic. the wretched life story of the oppressed – the fear-filled, shameful, insecurity and deeply flawed creature huddled under the damning glare of a the harsh and judgmental inner critic. What replaces such baser behaviors that is the most wonderful and useful asset in the world – the power that comes with loving yourself unconditionally. You become magnetically attractive by allowing your inner light to shine through and radiate out to the people you meet; you even appear more beautiful on the outside, looking and feeling healthier, happier, more vibrant and alive with passion and vigor.

The reward of such awareness is much more than you can imagine. It is communion with the source of love – which is self-love – and the integrity to meaningfully communicate it to the world around you. People then recognize their own inner beauty in you, and that is a definition of true love: the recognition of oneself in another.

Share your inner beauty and make things happen the way you would have them – from the most important virtue to the least significant event. Choose the inner beauty path and become more loving and giving, healthy and fit, happy and self-confident. Enjoy high self-esteem, truly loving relationships, and a harmonious living environment.
To achieve this, you Then you must first develop the self-love from which these things arise and take form. You stand at the threshold of a journey like no other - an adventure that leads to the very heart of your being. This is where science and spirituality come together, deep inside your self. Claim your personal power and reap the many rewards of lasting self-love, your true inner beauty.

Peter Winslow, DcH is a Life Coach and Counselor. He connects his clients to their inner power for life changing results. He offers services, products and information for optimal health, happiness and personal enlightenment.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God.."

I'm a pretty religious/spiritual person. My entire life revolves around my spirituality and my religion so I'm always looking for resources from religious leaders pertaining to inner and outer beauty. I have a book called "Modesty, Makeovers and the Pursuit of Physical Beauty" by Jeffery R. Holland and Susan W. Tanner, both leaders in the LDS religion.

Sister Tanner quotes the scripture in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. What would happen if we truly treated our bodies as temples? The result would be a dramatic increase of chastity, modesty, observance of the Word of Wisdom, and a similar decrease in the problems of pornography and abuse, for we would regard the body, like the temple, as a sacred sanctuary of the Spirit. Just as no unclean thing may enter the temple, we would be vigilant to keep impurity of any sort from entering the temple of our bodies."

How often do we defile our "temples" by obsessing over what we look like, how fat or thin we are, if our hair and makeup is just right, eating the wrong kinds of foods, overeating and then throwing it up or not eating at all, exercising too much or not at all, comparing our bodies to someone else, etc, etc? Sister Tanner says that she had problems with acne in her childhood and her and her parents did everything they could to take care of the problem. She even went without chocolate and greasy foods for years without any healing consequences. It was very difficult for her to fully appreciate the body which was giving her so much grief. But her mother taught her a higher law...she said to her over and over "You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others."

Isn't that great? We should care about our appearance, we should make ourselves pleasing, but we shouldn't spend so much time worrying about it that we don't take the time to help others feel their best. So this is my challenge to you. See yourself as God sees you, see your body as a Temple of God, see others in the same light and you will find that you will be much more happy and at peace with this "temple" that you have been given. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"