Book Giveaway | The Beauty of Different by Karen Walrond

Today one person is going to receive a copy of Karen Walrond's lovely new hardcover book: The Beauty of Different.

Constantly bombarded with messages on how to think, how to feel, how to look, it can be very easy to fall into the mindset that we somehow fail as individuals, that we are not enough. But the truth is, those aspects of ourselves that make us individuals are actually the source of our own beauty, our super power. The Beauty of Different explores beauty in eight fresh ways and challenges the reader to revel in her own uniqueness. Combining beautiful imagery, portraiture, insightful commentary, essays, and interviews, this multisensory exploration of what is really beautiful provokes deeper self-discovery. Designed to connect and inspire, The Beauty of Different encourages the reader to reframe her differences, not as shortcomings, but as characteristics of distinction--maybe even superpowers.

Very simply put, this book is a wonderful combination of photos + words. It's interviews and stories addressing subjects such as adventure, individuality, spirituality, and imperfection, woven together with Karen's breathtaking photographs. It's the kind of book you can pick up anytime, read a section or a couple pages, and get inspired to tell your own stories related to the theme.

And the whole concept of different being beautiful...I'm wholeheartedly on board with that. Thank you God for different.

You can check out Karen's Beauty of Different blog here.

In addition, Karen recently came to my house and interviewed me about creativity for BlogHer's Own Your Beauty series. You read her thoughts on creativity and watch the video she created from my interview here.

Also, check out her project "Photovent 2010" - a really cool take on a photo garland. She's got a free download and instructions too.

TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below sharing something that is different and beautiful about you (if you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at 8pm Pacific tonight (Wednesday) and the winner posted shortly after. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items this week.

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  1. Cassie

    2010-12-01 21:56:53 -0500

    I am finally comfortable and have accepted that I must use a cane early in life. Ive decided to buy different color canes and consider it "an accessory". I'm beautiful & different.
    The book likes awesome!

  2. Emily H

    2010-12-01 21:57:43 -0500

    I am beautiful and different because I am an explorer--moving away from my family to try new places and meet new people. I am beautiful because of those experiences!

  3. Marilyn

    2010-12-01 21:59:09 -0500

    Am turning a "young" 53 this Saturday - on a journey of discovery of being a "Highly Sensitive Person"

  4. jen

    2010-12-01 22:02:38 -0500

    Learning to say NO without the guilt and Beautiful for me is giving of oneself

  5. barbi d.

    2010-12-01 22:05:36 -0500

    I am an independent strong woman and love setting this example for my girls, I think this is one of the ways I am beautiful!

  6. Kimberly L.C.

    2010-12-01 22:12:34 -0500

    My feet are two different sizes! My left is a 6 and my right a 9... it's a pain to find shoes, but it makes me unique!

  7. Jan Davis

    2010-12-01 22:15:48 -0500


    I agree with Erica :) You are the new generation of grandma!
    NET GRANDMA :) You are an inspiration!

    Jan from Canada

  8. Joyce Miller

    2010-12-01 22:16:18 -0500

    I think my ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere makes me pretty unique and I know that it drives my children (25 and 23) absolutely nuts.

  9. taniawillis

    2010-12-01 22:16:20 -0500

    something different: i'm 33 and somedays can't walk up the steps because of degenerative disc disease.

    something beautiful: i can put on quite a game face and smile through the matter how bad it is.

  10. Beth Ann

    2010-12-01 22:18:03 -0500

    I am the only me there is and that alone makes me different and beautiful - just as each of us are!

  11. Laura

    2010-12-01 22:22:40 -0500

    Something that is different and beautiful about me would be my non-judgmental, generous and giving spirit. I've been called an "easy mark" for it but I see it as very positive and, well, beautiful.

  12. Barb @ getupandplay

    2010-12-01 22:25:58 -0500

    I have a sometimes too tender heart.

  13. julie

    2010-12-01 22:26:41 -0500

    I smile a lot! I think smiles make anyone beautiful!!

    PS I love that photovent idea!!!

  14. Lisa

    2010-12-01 22:26:59 -0500

    Love the book and thank you for the link to the author's blog- very inspiring.
    I'm not sure how I'm different and beautiful. Everything I think to write seems all too common. : (. Hope the effort of trying will count and get me entered! : )

  15. Michelle D.

    2010-12-01 22:28:41 -0500

    I go crazy in anything but cotton...I love looking at wool and pretty fuzzy sweaters knit with fancy yarns, but I can't put them on. Makes my skin crawl. I guess I am a tactile-challenged adult with sensory issues. But I'm beautiful in my Tshirts! ;)

  16. Melissa Massy

    2010-12-01 22:33:04 -0500

    Hmm... I always feel like a misfit. I would love to feel like I belong somewhere and not so unique i don't fit in. But my lovely children make me feel beautiful, so God bless them!

  17. Pam Roberts

    2010-12-01 22:34:24 -0500

    I have bad teeth but a big wide smile!

  18. Jodee

    2010-12-01 22:39:20 -0500

    I have very sensitive skin. I can feel the faintest touch. Which means I sense a lot of things others may not. My husband says he's never seen anyone that sensitive. So, I guess I'm a little unique in that sense.

  19. Silvia

    2010-12-01 22:47:28 -0500

    The book looks stunning.
    Something different ... I love to paint.
    And it's my something beautiful too.

  20. Malin

    2010-12-01 22:53:53 -0500

    That would be me! Very different and finally after 57 years very comfortable in my shoes.

  21. Joy Anderson

    2010-12-01 22:56:26 -0500

    Something beautiful about me is the love I have for my family and friends. My hubby says my sense of humor is just a little off to the left (one of the reasons he loves me...heehee) so that makes me different from those around me. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book.
    Joy in GA

  22. Kim

    2010-12-01 22:59:19 -0500

    different - a blended multi-racial family through marriage and adoption

    beautiful - same as above :-)

  23. claudia

    2010-12-01 23:07:49 -0500

    even though I have a rare autoimmune disease, scleroderma, you'd never know it by my positive attitude and peace of mind because of my faith and trust in God to take care of me :D

  24. Trish B

    2010-12-01 23:09:46 -0500

    I love to volunteer and give back to the community.....

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