Jul 04

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Thin and beautiful

I’ve been going through old photos over the last couple of weeks and I’ve found some interesting surprises and wonderful memories.  The one that I just can’t get out of my head is this one:

It was my first (and possibly last) semi-formal in college – freshman year at Brandeis University they have a dance called “Screw Your Roommate” where you set your roommate up on a blind date.  That night was very memorable (not necessarily in a good way, but in a “wow, I can’t believe I lived through that” way…)

I remember that night.  And I remember how fat I thought I was.  I was horrified that I was SOOOO much bigger than all the skinny little girls around me. I felt terrible about myself.

Now I look at that picture and my first thought is – gosh, I was gorgeous!  And look how skinny I was!

Amazing what a little perspective can do.  These days I’m feeling like it’s time to get healthy again – I’m a little heavier than I’d like to be, and I’m not feeling at my best.  But even so, I still feel better than that thin pretty girl did 20 years ago.

I wonder what I’ll think 20 years from now when I look back at pictures from today?

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Kathleen Shannon

    There was a pic I found of myself in a group of friends when I was a kid. I kept looking for the chubby girl. Then someone pointed out a taller girl in the back and said that was me. I had no clue that was me.

    What torture we put ourselves under with our minds and for years and years afterwards.

    Healthy is the new skinny, ya know. 🙂

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