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Below are the 7 most recent journal entries recorded in RoseGift's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
8:41 pm
Things I like about me.
I used to despise my chest, because it kept things from fitting properly. Now, it's shrinking a bit and I'm learning to love it because it's mine and I can make it pretty if I want to. As part of my "learn to love me" campaign, I took a picture of my cleavage.

It's a work safe picture, I think.Collapse )

I'm even going to post it to dr_nebula's contest when he has it, or a shot like it. Why not? I'll keep it clean, though, because that's all I'm comfortable with.

So, there you have it- or them- or whatever.
Monday, August 30th, 2004
10:59 am
Rose Gift Award, Round Three, Part Two
One of the perks of being awarded a Rose is getting to give out a Rose next time around. Round Two's RoseGift recipient bloodredcheval knew who she wished to recognize right away. Her choice was tessbelle, and I agree wholeheartedly.

Here is an excerpt from one of tessbelle's recent journal entries:

The funniest part is that I've discovered as a 25 year old woman, I'm
putting a lot more emphasis on my personal value. *I'm beautiful,
intelligent, funny, compassionate, understanding, lovable,
trustworthy, silly, and damn sexy. The truth of the matter is that
this journey has brought me to a wonderful place. Loving and
appreciating myself more than ever before, I'm so glad I've
experienced this. Even after a pretty dull date, I go home with a
smirk...thinking that another one has fallen under my spell.

And, to top it all off, I've gone down a size. My stars must be
aligned, angels must be watching out, hot damn...I'm feeling lucky.

*Excuse extraordinarily out of character immodest rant :)

Introspection, self-love, caring for her physical well-being... What more could she be doing to show that she's a positive role model? Well, she's also furthering her education.

For those of you who aren't aware of it, this community started off as a way for me to recognize the strength that all women have inside after I myself had a bad day and was a bit whiny about it. I wanted to recognize those who reminded me of my own strengths, but who also had plenty of their own that I was proud of them for. Each time I post about one of the award recipients, I am overwhelmed by how incredibly strong and resilient women are.

To tessbelle: you are leading by example, and for that, you rock. Congratulations!

To the rest of us I would say, we all have it in us. We have but to be reminded of it.
Friday, August 27th, 2004
1:58 am
Rose Gift Award, Round Three, Part One
This award will be a little different.

The rosegift community was started to recognize the strong women in our world who are working to better themselves, even when doing so is difficult.

This time, my award is being given to a woman who I can't tell you a lot about, other than to tell you she is amazingly strong and positive. She is brave and beautiful, and has taken a huge step forward in her life. You see, she recently left an abusive marriage and is now living somewhere safe. She is full of a love for life, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is surrounded by friends that care about her. This is as it should be, for she is remarkable.

lydiashton, you are beautiful, and a woman we can all look up to.

Please email me at marthalt@gmail.com so that I might provide you with a few links, and bless you.

Current Mood: Thrilled
Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
10:22 am
An update is coming.
I had hoped to announce a third set of Rose Awards Friday, but their is a technical glitch on my end. It may take a few days to sort out. If this is the case, I will double up and award two sets this coming Friday.

Please stay tuned, and thank you for your patience.
Monday, August 2nd, 2004
9:42 am
Rose Gift Award, Round Two, Part Two
The moderator's choice for a Rose recipient this round is bloodredcheval.

heizusan recommended her to me for a Rose, stating that bloodredcheval "has been pursuing payment on debts (on the order of bankruptcy) left behind by an ex."

Ending a long-term relationship is often difficult, but when money (especially money owed) is involved, it tends to be
much more so. I read through some of bloodredcheval's entries and found much strength and courage in them.
It was this passage in particular that sealed her receipt of the Rose:

"At this point I've made a vow to myself for one of two things: one, I will find that note and pursue him legally to get my funds; and 2, I will tell him to leave me alone and that he no longer has the right to participate in my life in any way, shape, or form."

Admitting that there is work to be done and promising yourself that it will be done is impressive. Her later
entries prove that she meant every word. Bravo, bloodredcheval!

Current Mood: excited
Friday, July 30th, 2004
2:21 pm
Rose Gift Award, Round Two, Part One
Last week's recipient, gentleeleos, has chosen well.

I'd like to welcome scgraphix to The Roster of the Rose, which can be found on the community's bio page.

Here is what gentleeleos had to say about our new friend:

After a really heartbreaking breakup with her fiance...at Christmas,
no less, she has really picked herself up and gone on with her life,
healing in the process.  Sometimes, she is still a bit raw, but she
going on with her life in a most inspiring way.  As she is fond of
saying "I'm a tigger...we bounce."

She is working successfully at several jobs at once, has started
dating again, and is working on improving both her body and her mind. 
This is a quality woman, and a very good friend.  She inspires me.

She refuses to be put down or used in any way, recently putting in her
journal a Declaration of Reality and Equality, in which she declared
herself a woman who would no longer be taken advantage of, in
friendship or in love: "I want to be treated as well as I treat you. 
Pretty simple isn't it?"

But, what really got me is this statement of a couple of weeks ago:

"But on the whole women really are the stronger sex. We can bear up
under incredible amounts of pain, laugh through sorrow and generally
we can soothe those around us even when we're about to lose our shit
majorly. We're soft but resiliant. Even when we've been beaten down
again and again we draw ourselves back up and dare to hope."

The thing is, she doesn't just give it lip service....she lives it.

So, that's why she's my nominee for the rose.  *smile* 

See? I told you she chose well. Again, welcome scgraphix. I look forward to adding one of your friends to our community in a few weeks. As you so eloquently put it, "maybe we can plant a garden here."

Current Mood: happy
Friday, July 16th, 2004
9:09 pm
I am honored to give this week's (and the very first) Rose to gentleeleos. I had several women who were deserving of mention. How a recipient was finally chosen is a secret- it could be that I put all of your names into a hat and drew one out, or perhaps I read them to my son and asked him to pick the one he liked the best- my methods don't actually matter.

What is of import in this instance is that we value ourselves and work hard to remember our worth at all times. Here is a quote from gentleeleos. These are the words that inspired her nomination.

"I have had to work hard to learn to love myself as I am...and as I
have come slowly and hesitantly to that place where I can and do see
myself as beautiful no matter my weight, I have found myself actually
losing weight (40 lbs in the last 9 months)."

I've emailed her the location of the Shakespeare text-rose icon made from the image on this community's bio page so that she may put it in an entry in her journal if she would like. I certainly want everyone to know how special she is. Her name has been added to the Roster of the Rose, which is also located on the bio page.

Congratulations, gentleeleos!

Current Mood: excited
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