03/31/2013 10:02 am ET Updated May 31, 2013

Day 31: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 31 of 31 Days

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." -- Audrey Hepburn (actress, 1929-93)

I just adore this quote, perhaps because I believe in all these things now but never used to. These sentences remind me of how people can and do change, they give me hope in the possibility of transformation. I used to wear only black. I hated pink. I was deeply cynical about everyone and everything. I hated my body and tried to beat it into submission. I fell apart a lot, sinking into drama at the slightest thing. I believed I was ugly and rarely smiled. I certainly didn't believe in miracles.

Today I do. I wear pink, I laugh often, I leave my body to be, I feel pretty (especially when I'm smiling) I often surprise myself with my strength, I believe in the chance of tomorrow and the possibility of miracles. I believe in hope and love and the goodness of people. Needless to say, I'm a million times happier today than I ever used to be. Which, I think, is reason enough to believe in all these things and much, much more. In my humble opinion, faith in power of joy is the foundation for everything.

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