Why I Feel Beautiful For The First Time Ever

My mirror happens to be the eyes of my three amazing children

Why I Feel Beautiful For The First Time Ever

There was a time when Colleen was able to count the amount of times she had been told she was beautiful on only one hand. Until now. Find out why she now has no problem thinking she's beautiful and why her daughter moved her to tears.

Colleen O'Dea

Curtains Are Open

There’s something amazing about aging—looking at yourself with a critical eye and seeing yourself for who you really are. Not that shy and not-so-confident awkward teenager of years gone by…but the woman who has faced challenges and came out smiling.

When Dove asked me to have my daughter create a video about what she finds beautiful about her mother and for me to write about my reaction, I knew it was going to be a tough one. I’ve never seen myself as beautiful.

Last night, she brought me the video and as I predicted, there were tears. She sees me as beautiful from the outside but so much more from the inside.

Click the read the rest of Colleen's post and to see her daughter's video...


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I started writing "Curtains are Open" to drag myself out of a heinous divorce. I'd always wanted to write from the time I was a little girl...I just never had the confidence to pursue it. Then, when things were moving along exactly as planned and I thought life couldn't be any better...it fell apart. In my head was a whole whack of crazy that had to get out. I started writing, in fact, the very night my ex left I wrote in my diary...page after page of words and sentences that someday, after a few shots of tequilla, I might actually read. Or burn. Or possibly rip out and make paper airplanes and origami cranes. I'll let the tequilla decide.  

In the four years that I've been blogging, I've come to discover a great passion and at the same time...realized a dream I'd long since abandoned. I've met amazing women and am told that on occassion, I inspire one or two of them. Me...a big ol' mess of crazy and I'm an inspiration! Which only goes to show you how normal we all are...if normal is nuts! 

So...while "Divorce" and "Moving On" are no longer the main topics of my blog...simply living in this crazy world while trying to raise a couple of kids, pay the bills and live a postive life while fighting against a head that usually goes to the negative...are.

My blog is about living the best life I can possibly live...while everyone watches and cheers me on. The Curtains Are Open. Wide, wide open.