I stood in front of the mirror in the silence of the hotel room...and I felt tears well up behind my eyes because when I saw this Ingrid Romero Competition Bikini on me, I felt beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I felt a new energy come over me. Not just beautiful because the way it sparkles or the way the light hits it or the way others reacted when they saw it on me. But beautiful because it could not have tied together my prep into this show any more perfectly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It allowed me to see more clearly and feel more deeply. Beauty defines that which pleases the mind in an aesthetic way and this suit opened my mind to see the beauty in the growth journeys I’ve been on for a few years now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I saw a new me, because I am a different person than I was. I saw a happy me, because I am happier than I was. I saw a confident me, because I am more confident than I was. I saw beyond the surface and into the soul of this being I have become over so much investment of energy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was in that realization that I felt ‘beautiful’ and I was not shy to admit this because to me, this journey was never about the physical plane of existence, and when I looked at this suit, that was vibrating at such a high frequency, I felt the permission to recognize myself for the shifts which I have allowed to occur within me through this sport; for that I feel happy, at peace, & so happy with the presentation I brought this past weekend.