Disclosure: I was compensated for this post as part of the Global Influence Network. This, however, did not influence the content of my post. The thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
I have been in a funk lately, like a really bad, don’t want to leave the house, perfectly content to eat pint after pint of ice cream and become a hermit, funk. Yesterday I was begging a friend to come snap me out of it, but she was in a funk too. Great, the one person I count on to snap out of my pity party and bring me back to reality was fighting with the same demons. Wanna know what the big demon is? Self esteem. We were drowning in self loathing and couldn’t see an end in sight.
I confess that after 6 kids that my body is not quite what I envisioned it to be. I’m a little (okay a lot) squishy around the edges, I’m starting to get gray hair and the years of being a positive cheerful person with a smile always on my face are causing serious crows feet. Sigh…..This was not how I envisioned my 30’s.
It got me thinking, why do we constantly beat ourselves up, why do we constantly feel like we are not good enough, pretty enough, thin enough? Why can’t we just be enough?
There I sat on my couch, dumbfounded as to why I felt so bad about myself, why I was not happy with any aspect of my body, why I had a constant running inner monologue about all the things I hated about myself. Why? Why? Why? I had no answers, no solutions, no hope…..then my 3 year old climbed up on my lap, threw her arms around my neck and told me I was the most beautiful princess in the whole wide world. I wish I could tell you that immediately snapped out of my funk and I began dancing around the living room while birds sang. Nope not quite what happened, but something has changed since that adorable little munchkin proclaimed me the fairest in the land. I have stopped the inner voice spewing self hatred, whenever she opens her mouth to make me feel awful, I think about my girls and the example I’m setting for them and I think about something positive that I like about myself.
I’m trying to see myself the way my children, friends and husband see me. They don’t focus on the fluff, the wrinkles, the fact that I don’t have on any make up or that I haven’t shaved my legs in a week. They see the inner beauty. They look past all my imperfections and love me for me, now it’s time to do the same for myself. I will never look like a model or celebrity, and I’m starting to be okay with that. I’m beautiful. I’m beautiful. I’m beautiful. The more I say it the more it becomes real to me and the better I feel about myself.
This is one of the reasons I’m proud to have teamed up with Dove and Walgreen’s to help promote their real beauty campaign. They see real beauty and want you to too. They want to inspire women to reach their full potential, acknowledging that beauty is defined in different ways. You are beautiful and no one including you, should ever make you feel like you aren’t!
I have a challenge for you 🙂 I want you to go out and capture your beautiful moments. I want you to stop hiding behind the camera and put yourself front and center. Take a selfie, let your husband or kids or best friends take some pictures of you without trying to hide. I will do it too (yikes!). Take your pictures and get one or two printed out and instead of picking apart all the “bad” things you see, write on the picture the good things, have your kids, husband or friends chime in too. Post that picture covered in all the reasons you are beautiful and tape it to the bathroom mirror as a reminder of how beautiful you really are!
Right now when you buy 2 Dove products (right now they are buy one, get one 50% of through May 31, 2014) at Walgreen’s you will receive a promo code for a free 8 x10 print (that is the perfect size for this challenge!) You can also get the fun Mother’s Day Sticker app to have a little fun with all your photos 😉
You are absolutely beautiful! Now it’s time to show off your beauty!