I was going to post some photos of my wonderful weekend - but decided to save that for another day. God placed upon my heart to remind each and every one of you how beautiful - inside and out, you are. Someone must truly need to hear it today. <3
I see so many gorgeous girls - other blogs, facebook, magazines, etc. But then I see them without makeup and I realize why they wear it. (Ok, that's mean! But you get my point.)
Make-up (and I am not judging anyone because I am the same way!) puts a sense of security around you. A sense of feeling good about yourself. It wasn't until about a year+ ago that I stopped wearing make-up to the gym. Yes, I would wear foundation/powder so I didn't feel as though I looked so miserable. So I am just as guilty as potentially you. It isn't right - it isn't wrong. It just IS.
Then I began to feel how much God really cares for me. How much he truly loves me. I always knew it - but I started to feel it. It gave me a self-confidence - more than make-up every gave me. Once I truly accepted and realized how much God loves me - even at my ugliest (and I don't mean physically ugly, I mean characteristic ugly) - I'll be okay with whatever obstacles come my way. That even means the obstacle against myself.
That constant need to wear some type of make-up, I realized how silly it is. I'm going to the gym - I'll sweat it off anyway...so why wear it?! I'm going to the beach...I'll be hot in five seconds...so why wear it?! I'm going to go swimming in the pool with some friends...so why wear it? It is all an obstacle that I had to get over - in my head. I got over it. It took some time and some practice, but I got over it.
YOU out there. No matter what your struggle is - if you are struggling with the same thing I did. Or if you just have low self-confidence due to constantly comparing yourself to others. Whatever it is - you are beautiful. So what if you have a mole on your cheek or you're shorter/taller than everyone or you have to walk with a limp - you are gorgeous.
You have something unique and wonderful that other people wish they had for themselves. Whatever that one thing is - hold tight to it. When you're having an off day - think to yourself - "everyone always compliments me on my great posture...even if I have a zit the size of Mars...I'm going to soak up this great posture I have and feel good about it - feel good about myself." Of course others will have things - for example a nice clean complexion - that you wish you had - but don't dwell on those things. Only dwell on the positives. Life is far too short to think of negative things. Don't forget to thank God for that great posture of yours - every good and perfect gift comes from God. (Good posture isn't necessary a "good gift" but it sure gives you amazing self-confidence and self-worth and THAT, my dear, is from God.)
So those of you who needed an extra pick me up and a kick in the butt for always doubting yourself - here you go. I hope it reached you. And I hope you realize
how beautiful you truly are <3