I am inspired. I feel empowered. I feel strong. I feel invincible, and in this moment, I feel beautiful.
Yesterday Steve and I drove to Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy of Caitlin Boyle's Operation Beautiful. I had chills on the surface of my skin and butterflies swirling in my stomach as I stood in the self-improvement section and eagerly scanned the shelves. Then, I saw it. The book that has transformed thousands of lives, including Caitlin's. I flipped through the pages inhaling the smell of an unopened book and letting the warmth from the passion radiate under my skin. All of a sudden, I froze. "What's wrong, what's wrong?!" Steve asked, slightly concerned. "Oh my gosh, look-- it's me!" Yes, the entry I submitted was actually published! It was probably one of the most surreal and humbling experiences of my life. I feel honored to be just a little part of something so magnificent, empowering and beautiful. Since the purchase of Operation Beautiful I have done a lot of thinking and re-evaluating on my life and journey in recovery thus far.