Grace Notes

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August 18, 2017

Embracing Who We Are, Where We Are

Photo credit: Giulia Bertelli


When you look in the mirror, what do you see?


Here at Bella Grace, we believe there is beauty in imperfection.


We hope you’ll join us in celebrating what makes you you – just as you are.


Today, we’ve collected three snippets from Bella Grace articles that focus on the importance of loving who you are and embracing the unique qualities that make you unlike anyone else.


Photo credit: Joy Jordan


In “Embracing Imperfection” from Bella Grace Issue 6, Joy Jordan talks about how cherishing her flaws taught her to stay humble and real.


“The more I accept my own imperfections, the more I make space for others to do the same. Just like judgment feeds judgment, acceptance feeds acceptance.” — Joy Jordan


Learning to love who you are replaces negative thoughts with a beautiful confidence. You’re embracing every part of you. It’s a powerful confidence that acts as a shield against the possibility of people’s words affecting your self-esteem.


Photo credit: Lia Leslie


“I believe bed day to be the ultimate form of self-preservation … You deserve it. And your soul will thank you. Deeply.” — Kimberly Wilson


From soft linens to twinkle lights, Kimberly Wilson gives helpful advice on how to make a day of preservation. A day to reflect on your life and just simply, be. A day wrapped up in your own thoughts and silence.


Read the full article, “20 Step Recipe for Self-Love: A Bed Day” in Issue 8 and discover a list of things you can use to create a day of self-reflection. You may find it to be the perfect time to journal and discover why your imperfect qualities are in fact beautiful.


Photo credit: Angie Lambert


“I love my freckles. Although some describe them as unattractive blemishes that should be removed with their special skin cream, I define my freckles as memories of places I’ve been; things I’ve done; and the people I’ve had the privilege to meet along the way. Life is hard, and everyone carries life’s mark on them differently. My mark is my freckles.” — Jocelyn Wright


You can find the complete list, as shared by our readers, in “51 Things We Love About Ourselves” in Issue 11.



We hope that this provides a bit of encouragement and reassurance for embracing your brilliant, beautiful selves – quirks and all.


Bella Grace would not be able to share women’s stories without the support of our kindreds, readers just like you. If you know anyone who might benefit from a positive start to their week, sharing this post would be the highest compliment to us.


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Comments ( 5 )

  1. Renee Howard Cassese

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    What a heartfelt theme: embrace you in all you joys and imperfections. We need to be accepting of our bodies and minds as they are. Self-love must come first.
    Loving Bella Grace just as it is! Perfection!

  2. Terry Gassett

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Love these beautiful reminders! I can always count on bellaGrace and graceNOTES to add beauty and inspiration to my day! THANK YOU!!

  3. Susan Hemann

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    terrific post! I’m 61 and see changes happening, some of which I wish weren’t happening. I just haven’t know how to accept them.

  4. Linda Hetenhouser Dillman

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    When I was 11 years old, I had surgery to remove an infection and the scar stretched from near my ear to the base of my throat. The doctor said to my mother, ” You don’t need to worry about her health. She’ll recover just fine. We do need to think about how this impacts her view of herself, since she is nearing her teenage years, and might need to consider plastic surgery.” Yes, the scar was very visible and yes, people asked me about it, but I was not ashamed of it. Even at a young age, I realized it was a part of me and I felt if someone did not like me because of a scar, then they were probably not the kind of person I wanted to know, anyway. I never had the plastic surgery the doctor recommended and I’ve always felt the experience helped make me a stronger person.

  5. Karen Olson

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    How much we need this kind reminders. It is something I always need. I love the imperfections in others and in many things but it’s hardest to appreciate them in myself. Thank you.

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