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krystalhartley




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Registered: April 2008
Location: Dallas Suburb
Posts: 7,623
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Natural Beauty by Krystal Hartley
Uncharted by Krystal Hartley
Scraplift of Laura Wilson's quiet observer

Journaling:
Defining moments. We all have them. Iím sitting here on the brink of my 41st birthday recalling one such moment. Itís been 27 years, but I cannot escape the impression it made on me. I donít know exactly what led me to peek into the diary of my childhood crush, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

I had asked him to the girlís choice dance...a big deal for my circle of friends. It truly was a coming of age type of summer for me...a lot of firsts. And it was mostly ideal. I had a lot of things going for me, and I didnít have a problem taking the new girl Tress under my wing, introducing her to my friends and getting caught up in all the things 14 y/o girls like. You wouldnít know it to look at her Ďcause she was absolutely gorgeous and seemed to have so much going for her, but friends didnít come easy...especially with girls. I didnít have a problem having a pretty friend, and I did sometimes feel sorry that she felt her looks were her only asset...her only means to get what she wanted.

But that summer, when I made the very regrettable choice to sneak a peek into Jasonís diary, I was confronted with words that would forever define how I saw myself. See, Jason had recently recorded his thoughts about the upcoming dance and how he wished Tress had asked him because Krystal was Ďan okay pretty girlĒ but Tress was beautiful.

Okay pretty. Yep thatís me. Iím not a head-turner. I donít make the top 10 lists for hot chicks. There are no epic wars being fought because of my beauty. Iím like a 6.5 on a 10 point scale. Girl next door. Okay pretty.

And Iíve been thinking that for more than two decades, with plenty of anecdotal examples to confirm it. And Iíve been mostly okay with it. I am really smart, have a wonderful family, have a handful of talents, have a terrific sense of humor, and I rock the friendship thing. I have so much more to offer than just a pretty face, and well, Iím not exactly ugly.

But then the strangest thing has started to happen...people are telling me Iím beautiful. Sexy. Girl got it goiní on. My initial reactions are always skeptical...thatís just what they say Ďcause they like me as a person. But itís a trend that seems to be on the upswing. And it isnít just my girlfriends telling me this...strangers, men in their twenties, photographers...they are all jumping on this bandwagon. Iím not sure if I believe them...I mean, Iíve been okay pretty for so long. And Iím okay with that.

But hey...if you want to call me gorgeous, then Iím okay with that, too!
· Date: Mon June 18, 2012 · Views: 1,216
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Nikki Epperson

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Registered: June 2008
Location: Bixby, OK
Posts: 13,248
Mon June 18, 2012 1:49pm

oh.my.gorgeousness.
K, this is absolutely stunning. The page, the journaling. ahhh, you're journaling. I just want to hug you and tell you you're gorgeous over and over again.
Jason is stupid.
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YepBrook

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Registered: November 2011
Location: South Florida, USA
Posts: 12,580
Mon June 18, 2012 2:07pm

Such a refreshing page!!! That look on your face says you knew it all along. You are beautiful!!!
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LibbysMommy

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Registered: February 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 5,766
Mon June 18, 2012 2:36pm

Oh my goodness I love this page Krystal!! And I don't know how you could ever be 'okay pretty'. You are stunningly beautiful - crazy Jason!! Wow. I so love your journaling and everything else about this page!!
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tanyiadeskins

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Registered: December 2008
Location: Hinesville, GA
Posts: 5,497
Mon June 18, 2012 10:20pm

*swoon* this is just beautiful Krystal, and thank you so much for sharing your journaling with us! btw... you are defintiely gorgeous!
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Lindsay

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Registered: February 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 3,148
Tue June 19, 2012 12:40am

You're almost 41...jaw drops! I thought you were one of the younger designers and had you pegged in your 20s, seriously. He's an idiot, you're so striking like everyone else has said. Gorgeous page!
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LJSDesigns

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Registered: January 2010
Location: Nappanee, IN
Posts: 7,925
Thu June 21, 2012 11:12am

Fantastic page Kystal! What do young men know anyway? You are incredibly lovely in looks and personality, which makes a stunning package. Don't want to gush at you, but your tut on self portraits helped me see myself in a different light for which I am eternally grateful! Thank you.
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nun69

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Registered: January 2008
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 17,594
Thu June 21, 2012 12:16pm

seriously you are absolutely gorgoeous and so is everything about this page!
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juliem888
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 182
Thu June 21, 2012 2:47pm

Wow what an honest appraisal of life and good on you for accepting your worth! Jason is stupid head!! Layout put together beautifully.
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cindys732003

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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 36,277
Thu June 21, 2012 10:22pm

This is amazing Krystal, I absolutely love the blues with the neutral tones, that is such a pretty kit of yours!
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breakingbrie

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Registered: April 2008
Location: FLW, Missouri
Posts: 5,439
Fri June 22, 2012 7:08am

Beautiful lo and beautiful journaling!! And I totally think you're more than just okay pretty
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marlathrall

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Registered: May 2011
Posts: 6,861
Sat June 23, 2012 4:46am

This is a beautiful page... I love the colors, shabby feel, and that journaling is perfect!
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KayM

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Registered: October 2007
Posts: 4,338
Sat June 23, 2012 3:14pm

Wow!!! this is a stunning page to look at and your journaling is just amazing! I'm going to jump on the bandwagon too and say you are gorgeous! I had a similar experience right after I wed my first husband. He compared me to a song about being a plain brown wrapper, but inside a heart of gold... What??? Why in the world would you tell your new bride something like that? I have never gotten over it...
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Kara

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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 6,244
Tue June 26, 2012 12:40am

I'd say you are gorgeous ... inside and out! And you make gorgeous LOs, too!
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hollyinjapan

Such a Sweetie

Registered: May 2010
Location: West Tokyo
Posts: 142
Mon July 2, 2012 2:08pm

Love love love your journaling and your story-telling Krystal. I'd be one who thinks you're far more than just okay pretty. And I'd never in a million years put you at 41. (I was thinking you were still in your 20s.) Yes, beautiful! But also you have strength in order to see through it all and love yourself. This is such an inspiring page in many ways.

Oh, this is just happens to be one of my fave kits of all time of yours too!
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Jennifer

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Registered: August 2008
Posts: 7,942
Fri July 6, 2012 8:59am

Isn't it interesting that we can let one comment change how we view ourselves? Clearly Jason was an idiot. You are beautiful inside and out and this journaling is just such an example of that. I love your honesty and your ability to write what you feel. Just an amazing page from an amazing chick!
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