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December 1, 2010

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.


  • 1.
    Kristine S said…

    I am stubborn and will root for the underdog.

  • 2.
    Annie said…

    What a gorgeous book and a great idea!

  • 3.
    Anne T. said…

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

  • 4.
    brandy said…

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

  • 5.
    CathyK said…

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

  • 6.
    jo marks said…

    i am short and “double jointed” .. and i sometimes snort when i laugh, but i’m still awesome! :D

  • 7.
    Wendy said…

    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.

  • 8.
    Fanny said…

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

  • 9.
    Helen said…

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

  • 10.
    MichelleK said…

    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!!!!!

  • 11.
    kris said…

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

  • 12.
    Tracey Holdyk said…

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

  • 13.
    Ann Marie said…

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


  • 14.
    Theresa Grdina said…

    I am an independent thinker and that makes me beautiful!

  • 15.
    Bianca said…

    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!

  • 16.
    hannahk said…

    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.

  • 17.
    DebC said…

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

  • 18.
    slmnontec said…

    I love to experience new things…

  • 19.
    Jenny Alfonso said…

    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!

  • 20.
    Lorna said…

    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.

  • 21.
    Sue said…

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

  • 22.
    Monica Skowbo said…

    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.

  • 23.
    rhonda said…

    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.

  • 24.
    Sheryl said…

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

  • 25.
    DebbieKissel said…

    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!

  • 26.
    Laura said…

    I read long 400-year-old theology books for fun.

  • 27.
    Elizabeth said…

    I rock the boat knowing full well that I can swim.

  • 28.
    jackie said…

    something different about me is…i have a birthmark on my face (right by my lips), that i was embarrassed about when i was younger. but, now as an adult…i feel that my birthmark is what is beautiful about me.

  • 29.
    Missy K said…

    Different and beautiful: due to a genetic condition I have pale pale skin in a culture that loves to tan! Over time I’ve come to appreciate my fair skin that demands I protect it healthfully.

  • 30.
    Gwen said…

    My own ideas, my own thoughts, yet incorporating them into the world I live in. Beautiful and different… a lot to comprehend.

  • 31.
    Cheri said…

    I’m quirky with highs and lows. But I’m me. And in that uniqueness, I’m beautiful.

  • 32.
    Aimee Confer said…

    My mom has said since I was young that I always take in the strays. I am always nice to everyone, even if they are different and it puts me in a compromising position. This was difficult going through school when it was cool to mean to people or ignore people who were different.

  • 33.
    marina said…

    I have just watched the video on creativity: it is so inspiring!

    I think I am beautiful and different because I can take care of the people I love also by taking care of the details (not always, obviously, or I’d risk being perfect ;) ).

  • 34.
    Siobhan Wolf said…

    I am a medium and I am not afraid to sit with people in their grief. I celebrate life in all its facets.

  • 35.
    Amanda M. said…

    Something different – I am adopted. Something beautiful – I am adopted! :)

  • 36.
    Jennifer M. said…

    Something different: I have one ear pierced 3 times, the other 2. Something that makes me beautiful: My husband and daughter.

  • 37.
    Fourth Breakfast said…

    I have a very positive self image and think I’m much taller than I really am. Sometimes I shock myself when I look in the mirror and see how little I am:)

  • 38.
    donna goar said…

    I am learning to look beyond the surface and face value of others to understand them more clearly. I think we all put up brick walls and I want to see the real person on the other side.

  • 39.
    Katherine Wall said…

    hmmm….I am told I think outside the box and always have a unique way of looking at things. Thank you.

  • 40.
    RobynS said…

    Something different – I am just as happy with people as I am completely alone. Something beautiful – I love my family and dedicate my life to them.

  • 41.

    I’m always the one who wants to do something different. Many times it’s gotten me in trouble (& even fired from a job or 2), but in the long run, it’s usually a positive effect, allowing me to expand my horizons—and, often, others’ as well. My son has always been a “square peg in a round hole,” too. In fact, he’s now a stay-at-home dad. I’m proud of him—& myself for marching to my OWN drummer!

  • 42.
    Amanda Smith said…

    I am deeply spiritual which comes out in my work. Everything I create is because of my love for God, family, and friends. Sometimes I’m not happy with my finished product. However, I know, it will still have great meaning to those who love me.

  • 43.
    Deeleea said…

    My eyes are two-toned – green around the outside and brown in the middle. As a child I remember my Dad remarking on a friend’s beautiful brown eyes and for a long time I thought mine were inferior… when I realised later that mine were also green I made my peace with the idea and now I LOVE them… actually, I love even more the fact that few people get close enough, or look closely enough to notice, but those that do REALLY see me, and think they’re beautiful too!

  • 44.
    Lynn Mercurio said…

    It’s difficult for me to see myself or qualities of myself as beautiful – humble I guess.

    I would say that my tender heart, from years of experience and life, makes me a kinder person when dealing with the hardship and heartache of others.

  • 45.
    Angie H said…

    That photo garland is such a great idea. Had to save to favorites for a post-holiday project so that I don’t over commit.

    Something different and beautiful – My family – we are each different – but a beautiful blend of colors!

  • 46.
    Mandy said…

    I’m a fighter – for what matters. I never realized how much until this year. It has humbled me to reliance on God and given me confidence that I can do what is good for me and my family, no matter what.

  • 47.
    Karlene said…

    I love to learn and share. The most beautiful thing about me is my ability to forgive.

  • 48.
    Michelle Evans said…

    Different: I rarely care what others think about me. Beautiful: my eyes

  • 49.
    Lisa W. said…

    My strength…I have had allot of loss the last two years. I really try EVERYDAY to be the best I can, even though at times I would like to crawl in a hole and never come out. Your blog helps with that and inspires me everyday!!!

  • 50.
    Bev said…

    I am a 75 year old Grandma with 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who loves to digi scrap albums for each of them! So they think I am awesome :-)

    • ….
      Erica said…

      I think you’re pretty awesome Bev! My grandma has no idea what the internet is all about let alone a blog!!!