From Me to You

Well, here we are.

Thanksgiving, 2016.

I remember this exact day last year, sitting at this very bar stool in the kitchen of my childhood home, crafting this post.

Nothing’s changed. And yet, everything has.

Gosh, this past year…has been quite the ride, hasn’t it?

And I’m not just talking about the reckless oversharing I’ve done on the internet for all the world to read.

…And owning up to it…

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And I’m not talking about all scandals we’ve witnessed and waded through together either…everything from Taylor Swift’s tumultuous love life, to the end of Brangelina, to the return of Gilmore Girls, to Donald Trump‘s election.

Thinking about the time passed between this time last year and now, my heart is literally swelling.

And, no…not in a heart palpitations/I-just-ate-my-body-weight-in-turkey kind of way.

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It’s swelling, thinking about another way my life has changed this past year…

I met you.

Sitting here, reflecting on everything I’m thankful for in my life, this year…it’s different.

There’s a new item on my “list” of blessings this year…

It’s you.

I don’t want to make this sound…I don’t know…like I have a bloated sense of importance or whatever, but I truly am so thankful for you, reading this.

Thank you for taking 5 minutes out of your day for reading my words, responding with your thoughts, passing it along to a friend, supporting me on Patreon.

I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the friendships I’ve been so fortunate to make in this little dusty corner of the interwebs.

BeautyBeyondBones started simply to help those girls struggling with eating disorder recovery and offering hope to their loved ones, and it has grown into a beautiful little community of friends and people, I can honestly say, I care deeply about.

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Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I get a lot of comments about how I’ve touched someone’s heart, or offered a perspective that impacted a person’s life that day. But the truth is, you have truly changed my life.

I read every single comment and…I’m getting choked up just thinking about this…

The way you have accepted me, and loved me — all of me — has been incredibly life giving. Thank you for embracing the real me. Thank you for allowing me to share the broken parts of me, and receiving me without judgement or disdain.

That is a gift that I am beyond grateful for.

So.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, always, but especially tonight on this day of gratitude.

And now, it’s time I hop off this bar stool. Just enough time has passed that it’s now socially acceptable to go back to the fridge for a leftover slice of pie 😉

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Happy digesting 🙂

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174 thoughts on “From Me to You

  1. Thank you for finding me! It has been a year for sure. I just wanted to wrap my arms around my knees and rock – because you spoke to the on-line abuse post election, when clearly I am trying to talk of how we need to show more love to one another. That we can be people of faith, and not be forced into lockstep with an agenda we can’t see eye-to-eye with!
    I am preparing for a life change over the next year. Your posts are strong without denying your vulnerability. I really admired them, and I stand with you in”friendship.” Here is to a brace New Year!

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    • Thank you so much Elizabeth. That’s so true. How amazing if we all were to see with eyes of gratitude — it would change a lot of thing and heal a lot of brokenness in the world right now! So glad you stopped by! Big hugs xox

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  2. Your blog is beautiful and amazing and so are you!! God Bless you every day in the recovery you made and the steps you’ve taken since!! You are light and beauty to all God’s Earth!! I love your brain!!

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  3. It’s easy to sit and think about what I want to blog about and how I can impact others, but while being so focused on that I can forget that are others wanting to do the same with their writing. So this is the first post I have read of yours and I hope I can learn and be encouraged by what u have to share. Thanks

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  4. The online world doesn’t have to be so bad after all, does it?

    All the best and right back at you. I enjoy your writing immensely. God bless.

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  5. Thank you so much for your kind words to your 1.5 bazillion followers. I have thoroughly enjoyed all your posts I’ve read this year and look forward to so much more. You’re a blessing to me too, Caraline. And I thank God for your story and your ministry and encouragement to so many. God bless you my friend.

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  6. Something else is a blessing to me about you. I am grateful and blessed to be able to tell folks, when the subject arises, that I know a Millennial who is a virgin. What a privilege and an honor for me to know you and pray for you.

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  7. You have given more than you could possibly know. In a way you have lead others too. A quote from Sheryl Sandberg……..”Good leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” KUDOS to you my friend. Go bless ❤

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  8. I appreciate your openness and the way you communicate with words. I imagine it’s pretty much the way to speak. I haven’t written for a while. Everything’s good, just haven’t been in a writing mood, I guess. I’m impressed with the diligence that people like yourself have in regularly posting their life.

    Thank you!

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  9. Blogs really are kind of a symbiotic communication device. You are able to reach and touch the hearts of a group of readers that a few years ago could never have been dreamed of. Though I see modern technology as generally an insulator from human interaction, your use of the modern achieves a very different, personal and honest result. May God continue to bless you in your life’s journey. Robert

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    • Hey Robert! Oh thank you so much:) yeah isn’t technology incredible the way it has changed everything from how we get groceries to how we watch tv to how we communicate?! It is truly remarkable. Thanks for your kind words! Hugs and love xox

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  11. Hey Beauty: I know I am a week late, having just read this post today, but thank you for the Blessings, and for the genuine blogs of truth. Your writing is always thoughtful, mind stirring, and enjoyable.
    But since we are to give thanks always, I give thanks to God for you today.
    God’s Abundant Blessings as you serve Him, giving Jesus Glory. Luv,
    George.

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  12. An apology first and foremost for not knowing about your choice to wait until you are married. I just briefly caught a comment from someone as I was scrolling down to leave you a comment on your post. Holding onto your virtue is not easy.
    I commend you on sticking to this commitment. For staying strong. I too, will keep you in my prayers.
    It was my dream to do the same, but the choice was taken from when I was younger and it changed things for me. It wasn’t until two years ago when I attended a Christian music festival here in NH and heard For King and Country talk about their mission to spread love, honor, and respect for women globally,. That men should cherish, respect, love and adore women, not objectify them. They talked so much about chivalry and waiting for the marriage bed. I fell in love with this band at that moment. They began a change in my life and relationship. My now fiancé and I are waiting. We are finally going to be married next year. God has worked in both of our hearts over the past year.
    You are an inspiration and I am so glad and thankful to God that he nudged me into entering school. If I hadn’t have started college I wouldn’t have taken a class that would have me create my blog which has led me to you and so many wonderful people.
    God Bless you!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words and for the prayers. Yeah, it’s definitely not an easy decision, but one that I have vowed to stick to until marriage. What a powerful moment at that music festival. Thank you for sharing. And what a beautiful love story you have with your fiancé! I will definitely keep you both in my prayers 🙂 hugs to you xox

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  13. Thank you for finding me. You liked my post so I looked you up. Girl you have talent, or better said a gift that God has given you to touch people’s hearts. Your total honesty and openness comes shining through brightly. Thank you for encouraging me and for making today a brighter day. You are very special. And whatever else you may choose to do in life – Don’t stop doing this. It makes a difference and it will continue to grow. Be blessed!

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