I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday! John and I are about to head out the door in a few hours to attend his cousin’s wedding. It’s cold and rainy (love it!), and it would be a perfect night to stay in comfy clothes and start a fire. Alas, it’s not to be tonight. That’s okay! I really love weddings!
Today is Self-Esteem Saturday, and I ran across something in the blog world this week that I knew would be perfect for the occasion. Steph wrote a beautiful post last week in which she challenged all of us as women to find our beauty.
I know all of us are very aware of the pressure that women feel to look or be a certain way. We are constantly bombarded with images of “perfect” looking supermodels and actresses on movies, television, and magazines causing us all to feel a little unsure and self-conscious. Never mind the fact that these women don’t even look like that in real life!
Lately, I’ve noticed a slight shift in this area when it comes to actresses. Perhaps I’m just wanting to see it, but there seems to be more and more “normal” looking women. I love this! I honestly believe that many times we are our own biggest critic and enemy. As we began to see more and more role models that we can relate to, perhaps we will all feel a like we can ease up on ourselves just a bit.
Because what is truly important for us to remember (repeat it everyday if you have to!) is those things that make us all beautiful are on the inside not the outside! Which brings me back to Steph and her awesome October Beauty Challenge. This reminds me a lot of the mirror challenge that Chelsie did a few weeks ago. Steph is challenging all of us to take a picture of ourselves sans makeup, hair fixes, and any of the products we sometimes find ourselves enslaved to. She instructs us to look at that picture and find what really makes us beautiful. I think this is such an interesting challenge. I know so many women who feel like they can’t even leave the house without being fully made-up. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with makeup or dressing up. The problem lies in why we’re doing it. Do you feel pressure (intrinsic or extrinsic) to look a certain way? Do you feel like your worth is all in how you look?
So here’s my picture and what makes me beautiful. I’ll be honest-I didn’t have a problem taking a picture without makeup. I go out without it all the time. It did, however, take me awhile to really recognize what I found beautiful about myself. It’s not something that I’ve ever really thought about, and it was definitely a challenge.
I encourage all of you to do this as well. Go over to Steph’s blog and read all about her challenge, and, if you decide to participate, please come back and tell me all about it! We are strong enough to change the world
I’ve included some beautiful women in my life. Who are some in yours?