And I like to record it. Please forgive me my vanity.
To quote myself: I wanted to be this version of myself all the time -- the self where I felt beautiful, sexy, and powerful. The pictures became a reminder to me that at least at one fragile moment, I was all of those things.
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I hope I will remember the lessons I've learned during this whole process. My new definition of beautiful/sexy/powerful is the ability to allow one's imperfections to exist in the same place and time as the things he or she is most proud.