I’m a little late to the game on this one, but it’s time for round 2 of the Love EVERY Body Workshop! And this time we are focusing on everything above our necks.
Honestly, I have a real love/hate relationship with what’s going on above my neck. The fullness of my cheeks curves down to meet the swell of a double chin that I constantly try to conceal in photos. My face is always flushed with the redness of a mild case of Rosacea. And wrinkles are beginning to accompany the dark circles beneath my eyes. But let’s focus on the positive.
Let’s start at the top – my hair!
I absolutely adore my dark brown, naturally curly hair. Growing up it was the envy (and entertainment) of many girls who just couldn’t get their hair to retain any curls. It may be wild and unruly at times, but I have style options. Straight. Wavy. Curly. I can do them all, unless it’s super humid outside. Then I pretty much have to rock a frizzy lion’s mane!
The windows to my soul – my eyes
Growing up in Brownsville, I always wished my eyes were a different color to stand out among the sea of brown. (No, seriously. Blue, green, and grey eyes are rare in my hometown.) It wasn’t until high school that I ditched the grey contacts covering up my dark brown eyes. And I decided that I just wanted to be me, a brown-eyed girl. Van Morrison would be proud! Now, if only I wasn’t so blind without glasses!
As I get older, the many laughs and smiles that I have shared with my loved ones are also beginning to leave their mark in the form of creases around my eyes. I should be content that my smile lines come from such moments of joy, but nobody truly loves wrinkles.
The nose knows!
Sitting in the middle of my face is my mother’s and grandfather’s nose. It’s wide and slightly bulbish, but it’s my family heirloom. It links me to two of the greatest and most loving people I know. While I wish it was slightly smaller, I am proud to share this trait with my loved ones.
What is soft, perfectly pouty when necessary, equally full on top and bottom, and looks damn good in red? My lips! They are perfect for sharing secrets, singing in the shower, talking to my students, and smiling.
In fact, I love my smile. And I should after the money my parents spent on braces when I was in middle school. I don’t think I smiled for the entire time I had braces, so I’m definitely making up for it now.
My money maker – the voice
I always cringed (as I’m sure most people do) when I heard recordings of my voice. I couldn’t believe the strange sounding girly voice coming out of the recording was me. I sound so much better in my head!
All that changed when I started making money off my voice. Teaching English over the telephone to people in a different country relies primarily on my knowledge of the language and my voice. My accent is clear and easy to comprehend, while my voice seems to be pleasant.
I have received so many compliments from my students about my voice and my accent. Apparently, I sound very young, have a great voice, and it makes people happy. (All actual compliments I have received!) And for some reason my students always giggle when they hear me speak. I’m not quite sure what that is about, but I’ve discovered I have the same effect on telemarketers.
And now, every zombie’s favorite dish, my brain! It’s the source of all my memories, intelligence, and endless sarcasm. It allows me to quote Mean Girls from start to finish. And also helps me retain such important information as the names of all the Teen Moms on MTV. Priorities, people! At times, it may over analyze situations, talk incessantly, and nag me until I give in. But overall, my brain pretty much rocks! It encompasses everything that is me. And I’m pretty happy about that.
Now, what do you have going on above the neck? Leave me a comment and let me know!