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    A Few Pics From Our Cruise

    This was my second vacation since my transition, the first was last fall at the beach. I found out I was much more comfortable in my new skin, so to speak. I was not nearly as self-conscious as I was at the beach, just more at ease. I don't know how many read my journal post about losing my daughter but the cruise came at just the right time to help me get past that as well, at least for the most part. The acceptance I felt from everyone I met was a great boost to my self-esteem.

    Our table mates were 3 other ladies from Alabama and they took me for what I am, just another woman. We are now all friends on FB and plan to take more trips together. I just felt so wonderful whether playing Black Jack with the mostly boys or out with our new friends.

    Once you truly accept yourself others will too. The only thing I didn't really like was men staring at me as I was passing them by on the ship. My friend Michelle told me "look you are beautiful so just own it". Once I adopted that attitude it didn't bother me nearly as much. I did notice my posture is somewhat better when I walk as a proud woman instead of a beaten down male that never quite fit in.
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    You look lovely Rachel......hope you had a wonderful time.

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    I'm so jealous. You look fabulous! Nikki

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    Sounds like a wonderful time! Good for you. Like the line "Once you truly accept yourself, others will to". Very thought provoking.

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    Lovely photo's Rachel, you look very happy and so nice you made some new friends

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    Beautiful! Aren't cruises fun? Where did you go?

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    We went to Cozumel and Progresso. Cozumel is where we swam with the dolphins but the weather was cold and damp. In Progresso, which is on the Yucatan Peninsula, it was warm and sunny.
    My parents should have known something wasn't quite right when I kept putting Kens' head on Barbies' body Rachel Smith May 2017

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    Glad to see you out and enjoying life after all you've been through.

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    You look fabolous and happy! Keep on that way.

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    Thank you everyone. I am happier then ever in my life and wish everyone here could be so.
    My parents should have known something wasn't quite right when I kept putting Kens' head on Barbies' body Rachel Smith May 2017

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    HI Racael ,
    Wow !! very nice indeed you positively look like you are enjoying yourself .
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