Love EVERY Body #2: From the Neck Up

Love EVERY Body, Body love, Self-esteem
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.

Love EVERY Body Workshop, Eternally Wanderlyn

Me with and without makeup

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!

Eternally Wanderlyn, Love EVERY Body

Eternally Wanderlyn

The Lion 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.

Pucker up!

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.

Brains!

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!

  • We both have Lions Mane hair, we should totally go out with the Lions Mane hair together, blonde and brunette Lions!

    You have a lovely smile, and those cheekbones are amazing. I don’t see a double chin at all. Your eyes are a lovely colour, you’re beautiful!

    • Hah! We should totally go out together with Lion’s Mane hair. That would be amazing!

      And thank you. You’re very sweet and also very beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Every zombie’s favourite dish! Love it. I love your eyes and hair and you have a really kind face. You can tell just by looking at you that you’re a good soul. x x

    • Aw, you’re so kind. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! I happen to think you’re a pretty good soul too.

  • Lauren Gardner

    Curly hair for life!!!! I used to go to ridiculous lengths to get rid of my curls – glad you embrace it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh, it can definitely be a hassle sometimes! But I love it. And I love your curly hair too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel Charlton-Dailey

    Your lion mane is magnificent!

  • Iยดm so jealous of your curly hair!!! I love my straight hair, but I could never get it to curl for more than an hour, haha. Also the shape of your face is lovely. Hermosa de verdad!!

    • Gracias! Y me encanta pelo liso. I was always jealous of those girls with straight hair who could just finger comb their hair and look fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love how practical you are in these posts. You truly make me see my body from a different perspective. To be appreciative of my brain and my voice for what they can do seems simple enough but you rarely hear it broken down like that. Not to mention, you make them very easy to read with your clever quips. “Every zombie’s favorite dish”. Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Heh. Thanks! I have my clever and practical moments. And I do think we take our bodies for granted a lot, so it’s nice to remember that simple things like our voices or our brains really do serve us well. Yours especially! I love all your wit!

  • You have such a pretty face and gorgeous hair! I love your family heirloom. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! I happen to love you hair too. It’s such a great color! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Your hair is amazing. I have normal boring hair quite straight but not completely.. I’ve always envied people with lovely curls like yours. It’s amazing. I want!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You look so pretty and kind and I love that smile! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! You’re so very kind. And I don’t think your hair is boring at all. I’m sure it’s much easier to manage than mine. Curly hair tangles like crazy! I also happen to think you’re very pretty, as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your blog made me giggle. You’re funny.
    I love the lion mane, i’ve considered getting a perm myself. By the way do you contour? It looks like you do and im so jealous if you can!! ๐Ÿ˜›