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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. Kristine S says…
    12/01/2010

    I am stubborn and will root for the underdog.

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  2. Annie says…
    12/01/2010

    What a gorgeous book and a great idea!

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  3. Anne T. says…
    12/01/2010

    I have kind of a goofy sense of humor and I love laughing and making others laugh.

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  4. brandy says…
    12/01/2010

    I love my freckles! Most people cover theirs up, but I think they are cool!

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  5. CathyK says…
    12/01/2010

    I try to do some small thing each day to make another person (family, friend or stranger alike) smile and be happy.

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  6. jo marks says…
    12/01/2010

    i am short and "double jointed" .. and i sometimes snort when i laugh, but i'm still awesome! :D

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  7. Wendy says…
    12/01/2010

    This book is on my wish list. I would love to win it.

    I have several moles on my face that people have encouraged me to remove for beauty's sake. But when I was a little girl, I remember staring at pictures of Marilyn Monroe. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. And I was so very pleased that I had a lip mole just like her. So I grew up thinking face moles were beautiful. I still think so today.

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  8. Fanny says…
    12/01/2010

    Something different: I am left handed
    Something beautiful: I gave birth 2 babies at once.

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  9. Helen says…
    12/01/2010

    Something different: I practice daily random acts of kindness
    Something beautiful: I have given birth to two children

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  10. MichelleK says…
    12/01/2010

    right now I feel as though I am so different in every way. I am lost in my world right now, and struggle to see my beauty. If this will help pick me up....sign me up!!!!!

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  11. kris says…
    12/01/2010

    I am always a work in progress.
    This book looks beautiful.

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  12. Tracey Holdyk says…
    12/01/2010

    I like to be unique, slightly different to everyone else.
    Thanks for the chance

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  13. Ann Marie says…
    12/01/2010

    Confident misfit... i love that. Beautiful: I have 3 boys; Different: I gave birth to them at home (although that was very beautiful too).

    Thanks.

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  14. Theresa Grdina says…
    12/01/2010

    I am an independent thinker and that makes me beautiful!

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  15. Bianca says…
    12/01/2010

    I keep to my style, and love to create for myself and my children. Often, this is seen as beautiful by others.
    Looks like a great book!

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  16. hannahk says…
    12/01/2010

    Ali ~ I have just discovered Karen's Own Your Beauty project through this post. Wonderful idea and now I'm fired up to do some vision boards.

    something beautiful and different about me ~ I'm an ambidextrous mix ~ as a creative I can paint and draw with both hands ~ but as a writer I'm a right handed, and as a sport shooter I'm left handed.

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  17. DebC says…
    12/01/2010

    Mmmm . . . beautiful and different?
    I'm God's child, so I'm beautiful.
    No one else is exactly like me, so I'm different.

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  18. slmnontec says…
    12/01/2010

    I love to experience new things...

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  19. Jenny Alfonso says…
    12/01/2010

    Great interview and the book looks amazing! I'm different in that I always root for the underdog no matter what. Something beautiful about me: I have a huge heart. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  20. Lorna says…
    12/01/2010

    I am different because I can remember all kinds of useless trivia, but not where I parked my car at the store. I'm beautiful because I can laugh at myself.

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  21. Sue says…
    12/01/2010

    Super cool and what a unique idea.. It IS OK to be who we are! I so need to remember this!

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  22. Monica Skowbo says…
    12/01/2010

    I am a freethinker in a very strict family. I make art for the expression of it (even tho' it is not practical, LOL) I love to give away beautiful things.

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  23. rhonda says…
    12/01/2010

    What i consider different about me is I am deaf in my right ear and something beautiful about me is my undying love for my family! I would love to win this book for my 17 year old daughter.

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  24. Sheryl says…
    12/01/2010

    I am different because I am quiet, yet love being around people. My friends are always trying to figure me out.

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  25. DebbieKissel says…
    12/01/2010

    I have always tried to fit in but it wasn't until I was about 35 that I figured out I did not! Now, in my fifties, I don't WANT TO! I love that I am different, that I am not normal and that I see things in ways others do not. I love that I am an optimist and that there is always good somewhere.. and I love that my husband of 38 years is still figuring this out!

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