I Love You Vain, Echo, I Love You Vain

Today, Serenity, the author of Get Off Your Broom, decided “it was time to call it quits.” She had many reasons to do so, but one of them stayed with me. She said, “Call me old-fashioned and politically incorrect, but appearance will always be a huge part of my fitness goals. I want to look good in a bathing suit. So sue me. But anytime I’m honest about how I am a vain individual who values personal appearance, someone hates it.”

I asked Serenity if she wanted to share lawyers, for I can often be found in front of the mirror admiring my bits. And vanity and narcissism might not be able to describe what goes on inside of me. I wish that when someone said “I look so lovely,” we could just smile and echo, “I look so lovely,” too.   
I love all the mes I know… echo… echo… echo…


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37 comments:

  1. Well, I'm on a diet. :)) So, I'm not as hot as I want to be. :) But I admire everyone who's willing to bust their asses to get the body they like. And if you have it, flaunt it, right? :)

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    1. I don't think I'm as hot as I want to be either, and like you, I'm working to get to that place and feel proud for those who do what they can, and often, to get what they need and want.

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  2. Vainity my ass.
    Mags you look eL fway go!
    And cheers to everyone who kills themselves to look killer in return.
    Lord knows I'm one of em.
    I expect my sex partners to sacrifice just as much time, energy, blood, sweat, and tears.
    I punish the unattractive by withholding my nookie.

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    1. "by withholding my nookie" lol
      Yep, that's you--real in the face--and that's why I like you so much ;-)

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  3. I'm just off to the gym for the same reasons!!

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    1. I NEED a gym subscription! Hope you had a blast ;-)

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  4. Everyone, enjoy your bits!

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  5. I love that you love you :)

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    1. And I love knowing that you know exactly what those words mean ;-)

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  6. I can be honest and say that I envy your youth, your beauty and your self awareness. I am happy for your youth, beauty and self awareness and the wonderful relationship that you and Piano Man share. And mostly I am proud that you share your soulful thoughts with us. Echo. Divine. I always think of earthy, vibrant and sensual when I hear your name......
    Oma Linda

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    1. I envy your wisdom, your strength, the no nonsense love you give to the ones you care about, and hey, your craftiness, too. Guess we'll just have to stay together for a long time and bask in each other's yumminess! Thank you for kind words about me and my Piano Man, Oma. I was just telling him last night, after he spent almost two hours going over one of my stories, that he is perfect. Not because he loves me or because I love him right back, but because he knows exactly how to show it. That is the same reason why I care about you so much.

      "earthy, vibrant and sensual" go me!

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  7. First part: Totally hot.

    Second part: Totally true.

    I probably don't need to say more than that, but I will. A lot of people have been posting these "thinspiration" pictures of fitness models and whatnot, and I think "huh, maybe I should post some pictures of myself. I work out hard and I look like that (minus the airbrushing)." But, of course, that does't really become a Marine Corps officer. And it also makes one look rather vain. Even if I feel like I could use a little vain indulgence lately.

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    1. You mean you are not multicolored versions of your hot self? How strange, I thought everybody echoed in the same colors ;-)

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  8. I think the ability of not having to comment to someone's actual face these days has made some people forget their manners.

    If you can't be happy for someone's efforts to love themselves...than don't say anything at all! Even better, evaluate why you feel so negative about it to begin with.

    I do miss those days of feeling passionately connected to the physical....but these days things are different for me...for us. But that's okay. I don't feel any less loved or wanted. We'll hopefully make up for lost time when Maggie gets older and isn't between the 2 of us 24 hours a day.....haha!
    For now, I'm enjoying my little girl while she is still little :)

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    1. Many people seem to have a terrible distaste for the truth, so weird...

      Life happens in stages, soon, my friend...

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  9. *Grins* Gotta love that kind of relationship!

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    1. *grins right back, and smiles knowingly*

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  10. It's great to be proud of being sexy and fit, but after 5 kids and 28 years of marriage i do not look as fit as i used to, but the trick now i think, at least for me, is to feel sexy as you are as long as youre healthy. My husband still can't keep hands off! He reminds me sexy is more about attitude than looks!

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    1. Wise woman. I feel the same way. I understand that to many people I might not be the most beautiful woman alive, but to me, no one looks better. I feel hot times forever, and I have a feeling my reasons are very similar to yours.

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  11. I've been exercising lately, and I always feel so good when I do! So, lots of staring at myself in the mirror, too :) I have to admit, I'm a vain person.

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    1. Vain isn't a bad thing, particular when the image in the mirror is filled with so many other great things ;-)

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  12. Hot, Hot, HOt, steaming hot!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We should all love ourselves and be proud of who we are ;o) I don't think that's vain! It's too bad Serenity is knocked down, for what she feels! Not right!

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    1. I sooo know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I, friend of my heart, behold me gorgeous lol. I know the mirror beholds you the same *thinks about your smile and feels warm inside*

      I, too, feel annoyed by the way things went in Serenity's blog. She works so hard. We all know blogging about the same issues, all the time, can be fun if people are not being civil or enjoying themselves.

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  13. yeah, i don't think it's being vain to be happy with who you are...your appearance...to be happy with what you see...and feel...having a goal and working towards it!
    MY problem is making excuses to myself for not getting into a daily exercise routine...and sticking to it!!

    you and your piano man...aaaah...a perfect fit! love.touch.feel.love.intertwine.speak.share.always.echo. :)

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    1. I think we all make excuses every once in a while, so don't feel too bad. I've been knowing to come up with some pretty creative ones when it's cold outside ;-)

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  14. Rather than waste energies hating those who know they look good, I envy their confidence. You do look great, why shouldn't you appreciate that? It's your face in the mirror. lol

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    1. And I love the face in the mirror, even when nature breaks it out a bit ;-)

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    2. lol - yeah but Mother Nature's imperfections make beauty all the more pronounced. There's one I need to tuck away for a rainy day. :)

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  15. All of this makes me reconsider taking down the blog. Maybe I should rename it "The Sexy Witch?" Just kidding. Only because that blog already exists. It hasn't been updated but has some really beautiful photos from the last few centuries. Yes, you read that right. The last few centuries!

    While you think of The Piano Man, I think of Maya Angelou's Phemonenal Woman.

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.
    I say,
    It's in the reach of my arms
    The span of my hips,
    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.
    I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It's the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Men themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can't see.
    I say,
    It's in the arch of my back,
    The sun of my smile,
    The ride of my breasts,
    The grace of my style.
    I'm a woman

    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head's not bowed.
    I don't shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It's in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,
    'Cause I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

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    1. Angelou's words touch deeply ;-)

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  16. Oops forgot the link to The Sexy Witch. http://sexywitch.wordpress.com/

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  17. It's important to love yourself, not vain.

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  18. The sensuality of the opening paragraphs are beauty beyond words. Why indeed is it so wrong to enjoy our own unique bodies, our hair, our eyes, ourselves. It would be a kinder world if we could each rejoice in our own beauty and stop feeling like we are not enough. You are the queen of everything, the hottest of all that is hot, and this I echo. xoxoxo

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