June 21, 2011

Just for Her Summer Series - Beauty

It’s sad that so many women base their self worth on their outward appearance....as long as they look good nothing else matters.
Women as a whole spend billions in a beauty industry on products and services trying to make ourselves prettier, thinner, darker, lighter, and the list goes on.
And I’ll admit I spend money in this industry as much as the next one, I love hair products, clothes, shoes and make up...oh don’t get me started on make-up. One trip to Shoppers Drug Mart for shampoo and I leave with 4-5 new products to try and improve my outward appearance.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with wanting to look & feel your best. My problem is when we never feel we’re good enough, or pretty enough or measure up to the imagined comparison chart that we’ve created in our head. When we feel insecure because we think our looks are less than fabulous.
Ladies today I want to assure you, you are beautiful!

“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.”
Ivan Panin

We are all beautiful in our own unique way and a beholder just waiting to lay their eyes on you! I can see how many of you are rolling your eyes as you read this. But who said it wasn’t true? Who said you weren’t beautiful or up to standard? Some voice in your head? The never ending media that surrounds us to a point that I don’t even know if there’s a way to truly eliminate its influence from our daily lives, or maybe the conversations with your girlfriends & co-workers that always come back to how our thighs are too big, our hair is the wrong colour, and the list goes on. Why do we torture ourselves? When if we actually blocked out all the external (and internal) chatter we’d realize maybe we aren’t so horrible after all. Maybe feeling good on the inside would really show through to the outside.

Would you refuse to be friends with someone just because they didn’t measure up to some beauty standard in your head? I don’t know anyone who would hold such standards, and if there are people out there like that, then shame on them. Too many women feel they need to fit the very stiff and one type mould created by some Hollywood producers that silly enough we seem to have completely believed and fallen for.

Be comforted if you’re feeling less than gorgeous that women of all shapes, sizes, colours and age obtain goals and are quite successful EVERY day and live completely fulfilled lives. Why can’t you be one of them?

So here’s this weeks 7 day challenge....

1)      You will be conceited...yep that’s what I said. For the next 7 days you are going to act, think & feel as if you are God’s gift to the universe cause the truth is you are God’s gift so you might as well own it and flaunt it. Celebrate your beauty!
2)      You will block out all influences that make you feel less than awesome...whether it be your favourite TV show, that one friend who ALWAYS talks about how she needs to lose weight or just turning your head (if possible) when your co-worker comes in with her new outfit, stylin’ shoes and perfectly styled hair.
3)      You will live in the now....right now you are going to list the top 5 things you DO love about your appearance and the top 5 thing you DO love about yourself. Beauty isn’t only skin deep even though we’ve convinced ourselves that it is. Take those lists and tuck them in your purse....and read them, remind yourself why you are beautiful and awesome.

Good luck and remember this is a 7 day challenge so it’s not going to be easy but I truly believe if you genuinely try some or all the above at the end of the 7 days you will most definitely be proud of who you are as a woman...and not just on the outside, the inside too :)

“Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses”  
~ Madame Marie du Deffand


1 comment:

Myrna Hynes said...

I love that first quote - so very true!!
Challenge accepted (I shouldn't have a hard time being selfish or conceited - that's a curse!) lol