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What I see in the mirror


Chiaki Creates - What I See In the Mirror chiakicreates.comThe Guardian does this wonderful series where they ask famous people what they see in the mirror. I find it very interesting to hear how people perceive themselves so I figured I’d write one myself.

When I look in the mirror, I see a woman who simply refuses to give up; a woman who has fought hard for everything she’s got. I never used to think that I look particularly Scandinavian but now I’m embracing my Viking blood.

Like most Swedes my natural hair colour is dark blonde, but I’ve been dyeing it different colours for almost 18 years now. I’ve always wanted naturally red hair.

I get my green eyes from my mum (my brother has them as well) and my pale, transparent skin from my dad. From my dad I also get my long legs and arms. No one in my family knows where my nose comes from and I’ve never met anyone with a nose quite like mine.

I have a bump on my nose from when my first boyfriend broke it when I was 13. It was my first encounter with a psychopath, and having studied psychology I don’t use that term lightly. On my face, I also see scars from a lip piercing and a vertical earl piercing as well as a scar by the corner of my left eye and on the bridge of my nose from two childhood accidents. Mind you, none of these bother me, they remind me of the fact that I’m alive.

I like my crooked smile. I’m always smiling more on one side of my face. I used to avoid smiling when I was younger because I was horrifically self-concious about my less than straight teeth, but with age I’ve found that I care less and less about it. Same thing with wearing makeup. I used to hate what I looked like without makeup to the point where I wouldn’t let people take photos of me au natural, but I just cannot be bothered to put it on every day anymore. I have grown to like my face without makeup.

With age I’ve become quite comfortable in my own skin. I love my hourglass figure; my defined waist. I’m 170 cm (5′ 7″) and I wouldn’t change it if I could. I like my body. It looks good and it works well, especially considering that walking, practising yoga and dancing is the most strenuous exercise that it gets.

Now I’m challenging you to do the same. Write down what you see in the mirror. It’s a good exercise. Do let me know if you write one as I would love to read yours!

8 thoughts on “What I see in the mirror

  1. This is a really wonderful and inspiring self reflection. You’re a strong beautiful woman Chiaki! xo

  2. I love this idea! You look great in this picture, you definitely look like a woman who embraces every aspect of herself, with bold confidence and a deep knowledge of who she is (which is not that easy to acquire). I’m still struggling to appreciate my Frenchness ^_^ I would love to be a viking beauty like you (red hair suits you sooooo well!)
    I might write my own mirror impression to get started on my blog again. I have changed so much since I stopped posting, in a positive way, and my 25th Birthday approaching, this could a wonderfully appropriate way to write again, what do you think?
    Sorry for commenting less, I still read every one of your posts, with great delight might I add!

    • Thank you so much, Nol! I’m really glad to hear from you. :) Oh, I love your Frenchness! I say go for it. I would love to read yours. Yay for changing and growing! I’m doing a lot of soul-searching at the moment so I’m changing as well and my 30th Birthday is approaching. I’ve been pondering to write a blog post about it all but I’m not sure how to approach it.
      No need to apologise, my lovely! I’ve been spending a lot less time online lately as I have a lot of things to sort out in my life at the moment. I haven’t even been able to fit in reading all the blogs that I follow! xxx

  3. This is such a brave thing to do. I don’t think i commented before because I find the idea of this exercise terrifying. It would really take me out of my comfort zone to do a post like this. Maybe that’s all the more reason to do it? b.x

    • Looking back on this now, I’m thinking that yes, it was pretty brave. ;) It’s totally all the more reason to do it! I would LOVE to read yours! We often see ourselves very differently from how others see us, and it fascinates me tremendously. x

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