This challenge went viral last summer, but I was never nominated to participate. Now it's my turn to show you which five pictures I think I look and FEEL beautiful in. My cousin Alyssa is the reason I am sharing this with you today. She challenged me to share these photos and name at least five other girls / women to do the same. I think I nominated 10 others. I want all the ladies in my life to realize just how beautiful they are. I know I'm a day late for International Women's Day, but no time like the present to appreciate beauty!

Sometimes it's tough to see the beauty staring back at you in the mirror. But that doesn't mean it isn't there. We need to stop criticizing every wrinkle and lack of thigh gap. I have my fair share of "ugly days," feeling like Mia Thermopolis in Princess Diaries BEFORE the makeover. But these pictures are some of my "Greatest Hits." These represent events in my life that I looked and felt beautiful. Worth the share!

(I was a flapper for Halloween a couple years ago, and I chose that dramatic picture for one of my five. To me, it shows my funny side. And that's what makes me beautiful).