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A kind of Beautiful

It’s time to face the music…

Downloads27 self portrait

It’s been a changing moment…or is it just one point that I’ve arrived at before, started and then found a different direction. Are we ever happy with the now? I’ll do that when…I’m feeling happy, when I’m ten kilo’s lighter, when I meet the right person, when! , when?, when. Let’s just start living the now. I’m at this point again, lift my head high and face the music, however this time I’m writing the music and my own lyrics.

Start enjoying every little ‘moment’. Enjoy the company of family, the company of friends, but most importantly know who that person in the mirror really is, the reflective you. With all the extra lines of time, the freckles, the blemishes.

My journey with Kim Klassen and Beyond Layers, ( Beyond Layers II registrations now open) has been just that a journey of peeling back so many emotions, so many feelings, grasping for air, a ray of sunshine or a falling tear. Beyond Layers is 52 weeks of encouragements, affirmations and motivations.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”

                                                                                 -Mother Teresa

Funny how sometimes the universe tells us not once but more than once. Not only had arrived my weekly lessons from Kim, but I also received my daily email from Bravegirls club.

What was a little bird telling me today?

Is there always some idea, a dream that you have always wanted to do, something you’ve wanted to see, somewhere you’ve wanted to go. Now, is the moment. Now, is the right time. We all have the potential to reach our goals, break down the barriers and face our fears. Reach for our dreams and live today.

We are all beautiful, we may not be perfect, but we can start today to be more bold, true to ourselves and make our lives more meaningful.

Today’s Challenge was to create an image with one of Kims ‘Beyond Layers’ affirmation brushes and/or textures. I used the affirmation “You do not have to be perfect to be beautiful” and the texture:’I am’.

I’m not one to take a lot of self portraits, I usually hide behind my camera, and it’s the first thing I say when anyone else takes a photo..’Can I see’ …so my self portrait was not an easy challenge for me today. But hey!, a stepping stone and beyond another layer.

Reach for Beyond, my friends







  1. Well done Yvette – a beautiful self portrait! I too am more comfortable behind the camera and always seem to find excuses too – sad that we do the when’s…instead of the right nows!
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Mandy, so true I know for me, I’m comfortable hiding behind the lens, and showing all of those beautiful things in this wonderful world around us. x

    • Jain, it wasn’t an easy task,but I took this challenge on with courage to build a stronger character and grow beyond another layer!

    • Beyond layers with Kim Klassen has somehow just tweaked something deeper in me, we so often look through our camera lenses and see the beauty that surrounds us, it’s recognising and finding the beauty within that helps us on our everyday life’s journey, thankyou for your support. x

  2. Yesterday was the past, tomorrow is the future and today is the present and that’s why it’s a gift!! It’s true, to live in the present is sometimes hard but it’s the only day we have and every little pleasurable thing counts. I used to waste so many days worrying about things in the future, I missed what was happening today! It took me years to learn how to do it, but once I did, life became so much easier and less challenging. Progress not perfection is all we can strive for…..and you look so lovely in your picture and you wrote a very inspiring post. Tovah

    • Tovah, Thank you for your support…progress is important, no matter how long it takes, its so important to live in the ‘now’.x

  3. You really are beautiful, Yvette. A very lovely photo or you. And I know exactly what you mean. You put it so perfectly. The power is only in the NOW, and that’s where the ‘whens’ are created. So let’s make them good, positive, loving ‘nows’.

    We are already pefect in spirit…when we remember that then perfection comes from the inside out.

    Have a glorious day, friend,
    Marianne xo

    • Marianne, Thankyou for your unending support and encouragement. It wasn’t the easiest of challeneges for me, but as I weave another thread, and learn to trust my inner voice a little more, I am striving to be the best I can be. Have a wonderful day. x

  4. I am so proud of you and jealous. I hate photos of myself and started realizing that our family albums are almost void of me, their mom, altogether, and it’s my own doing. I really need to get over the 10 lbs lighter mentality that you speak of. Thanks for sharing and giving others encouragement to live in the moment to the fullest. 🙂 Have a happy day.

    • Geni, You don’t realise how hard this was to find a photo, that I thought (perfect thoughts) would suit this challenge. We seem to critisize ourselves so much, and put so many things into the ‘too hard basket’ the ‘when’ basket, that I took the small step, and grabbed the dangling piece of string of courage and posted…I know I could write a book of the many ‘when’ and ‘should of’ moments, this is a simple post, the first page of ‘nows’. Have a wonderful day. x

  5. Oh, Yvette, you are really beautiful!! I love your self portrait! Great smile and beautiful eyes!! You are learning a lot from Kim and I so enjoy your blog. There are so many truths in this blog.
    Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks Brenda, Life is just too short, I have been given so many examples over the last few days,(the last 12 months) that I thought, it’s better to take a step and live in the now, truely enjoy each day, and find beauty in each and every day! x

  6. So much good advice in one post, Yvette, with “living in the now” perhaps the most important. Master that and life gets so much better. Now that’s a portrait of a happy, confident young woman. Well done, Yvette!

    • Thanks John, The self portrait wasn’t an easy challenge to post. Just a small step to yes ‘make life better’, living in the now. Have a great day! x

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