Tuesday, July 4

Self Portrait Challenge

boho blowing a kiss

This month's theme for SPT is "Self Portrait As..."

I am beginning with Self Portrait as... a Woman. I've always felt that blowing kisses was uber-feminine, so here I am blowing kisses to all of the women in my bloggie tribe.

Below you will find a recorded excerpt from one of my favorite books, Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself by Patricia Lynn Reilly. A friend of mine introduced this book to me at a time in my life when I thought I had lost myself and felt as though a rediscovery was so out of reach. This book helped me to dig down deep and discern that I was there all along and didn't have far to look. I learned the importance of truly loving myself. Me...not the person other's wanted me to be but just simply the core of who I am.

So sit back in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. It is a wee bit long but well worth it. My wish is that parts of it resonate with your heart as they did mine.

this is an audio post - click to play
Imagine a Woman in Love With Herself, voice by boho
This is perhaps one of my least creative self portraits but this post is more about the words than the picture. I am sometimes self conscious of my voice because it is very soft. So the challenge here for me is speaking it out to the world. Thank you for listening.


Blogger Polingua said...

nice blog

July 4, 2006 at 11:01:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine a woman, who is the big sister, unconditionally loving another woman, who is the little sister.

Imagine us....

x d

July 4, 2006 at 11:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Miriam said...

That was a really beautiful post, and I enjoyed so much listening to you read that passage. It's so interesting to listen to all of those "imagine's" and think on some "hey, I DO/AM that" and others think "ohh..need work on that one." It made me smile. Thought provoking.

July 4, 2006 at 11:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Drea said...

Your so pretty. I love the scarf. Did you knit that?

July 4, 2006 at 11:56:00 AM PDT  
Blogger boho girl said...

Thank you, darling Drea.

No...my sweet mother knitted it for me and it is one of my favorites. ;)

July 4, 2006 at 11:59:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your voice is strength and beauty...thank you for speaking to me today. this is just what i needed to hear :)

July 4, 2006 at 12:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

Very cute! :-)

July 4, 2006 at 12:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Darlene said...

Words cannot express how I feel at this moment...

all I know is that it belongs to you...

Imagine how much i luv u


x d x

July 4, 2006 at 2:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Daibh said...

Haha -- what a cool suprise, the audio reading, there. Neat.

July 4, 2006 at 2:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger turquoise cro said...

Sweet!!!!! xo

July 4, 2006 at 2:41:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I couldn't help but think excerpts would make great wallpaper all over my room. Wouldn't that make for a wonderful creative space.

July 4, 2006 at 3:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ::Bek Geach:: said...

Soft sweet voice.
Just like you are.
Perfect and Beautiful.

July 4, 2006 at 4:41:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing what looks to be a very inspiring book. Can't wait to read the whole thing. I ordered one today!


July 4, 2006 at 5:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Deb R said...

You have a very soothing speaking voice. It was really a lovely interlude to listen to you read that passage. The photo is fun!

July 4, 2006 at 6:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Deirdre said...

This is just what I needed to hear today. And to hear your voice was wonderful too. You really are a gift.

July 4, 2006 at 8:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

"Imagine a woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is. Who celebrates her body's rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource."

That's what I'm striving for, that's my goal as woman. It's such a difficult thing for me to do, to accept and honor and love this body that I've been given. I so much want to be that woman!

And your voice, oh my, your voice. Beautiful, soft, & so completely tenderhearted - like a lullaby. I am so happy and honored to know you.

And I totally saved your photo. It's gorgeous. Your lips are amazing!

Kisses XOXO

July 4, 2006 at 9:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Intrepidflame said...

I am getting pretty excited about this portrait Challenge and I would like to put the button on my page as a reminder, but I can't get it to work. Any advice. Yes I am using blogger and yes I am learning this sucks, but I am sure other people are out there too. I keep getting the little ?

Anyway, hope to have a self-pic up soon, my brain is stewing on what to do.

July 4, 2006 at 9:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger a m y said...

This post was beautiful...your picture, your words, your voice, your heart. I listened to this several times, and it moved me to tears. It was exactly what I needed to read today, and something I plan to save to listen to, for those moments when I need a reminder. Thank you, as always, for challenging and encouraging me as I discover my own role as woman...it is a blessing to have other women like you around as part of the journey.

You inspire me!

July 4, 2006 at 11:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Tish said...

Absolutely beautiful!

July 4, 2006 at 11:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

WOW. that passage spoke straight to my heart - YOU spoke straight to my heart, my love. I am going to buy this book today. there is so much in it, oh my goodness, i can tell already. wonderful

and i don't know why you are self conscious of your voice, love, it is so beautiful, so gentle, so feminine (and that is what Reilly is talking about).. a healing voice, one that lulls us and make us feel loved. of course, i especially love your voice when it is giggling in my ear as we talk on the phone ... tee hee :-)


July 5, 2006 at 1:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger nina beana said...

your voice rocks. so nice to hear it!

July 5, 2006 at 7:38:00 AM PDT  
Blogger liz elayne lamoreux said...

as you were reading, i had this thought that i could curl up here on the couch and listen to you read this book to me all day. yes. that would be a pretty great day to me my friend.
and this picture is quite creative! i thought it was going to be you as a kiss...but as a woman...that is fantastic!

July 5, 2006 at 9:05:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

divine, such a beautiful gift this morning. I miss your voice! It was so fantastic to hear it reading such powerful words. thank you my dear.

July 5, 2006 at 10:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was very cool to hear your voice. You have a lovely one and I enjoyed listening to your excerpt. Beautiful words.

July 5, 2006 at 3:51:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awwwww..... you have such a sweet voice!!!! and that's a beautiful picture, too.

blowing kisses to you right now...

July 5, 2006 at 4:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Drea said...

I love knitted things :-) my mom knits me stuff like that all the time. I know how to knit I just cant seem to find the time :-\

July 5, 2006 at 8:20:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you've got to stop! it's like each one is better than the last one. love it! keep 'em coming!

July 6, 2006 at 8:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sarcomical said...

how lovely ;)

first visit here through the spc site, and i've enjoyed looking through your previous posts. nice to find you!

July 6, 2006 at 10:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sarah .B. Scott said...

Your voice is lovely, so childlike with such an innocent to it. It is interesting to hear the voice of a blogger. I think the sound of someone's voice tells more about a person than a photo can, sometimes.

July 6, 2006 at 9:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

Beautiful post, woman and words. I just did a goddess poem for poetry thursday :)


July 7, 2006 at 10:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

i love hearing your voice!

i own this book too and it has rescued me on numerous ocassions. i've read through it muliple times and each time i feel more grounded, more alive, more gentle with myself.

July 9, 2006 at 7:57:00 PM PDT  

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