This week I wanted to talk about something that has been on my mind and my heart. It’s not a DIY, and not about creativity. This topic is about encouragement and building you up. Just know while you are reading this that I am not “anti make up”. I love getting dolled up and wearing make up, but make up and the insecurity behind it was something I had to overcome personally.
As an 18 year old headed off to college, I was super excited to achieve a dream of mine which was playing college softball! Along with the excitement came nervousness, of leaving home, and insecurity. I was about to begin the hardest and most challenging time in my life.
“Never let anyone see you without make up on.”
“Wear your make up, even to weights, or you will never get a guy.”
These were things I heard as a 18 year old athlete. So guess what I did? I never went ANYWHERE without make up on. I even wore make up into the shower and put it on before I left the shower room. I was so insecure and literally could not say that I was beautiful. I believed that I was ugly and would never be loved.
Fast forward almost 2 years, I wanted to figure out who I was as a person, and overcome this huge insecurity! I decided to go without make up for one week. Yeah that’s right, ONE WEEK! Absolutely zero make up. I was so nervous to have my friends see me without make up, and of course was worried about what guys thought. By the end of the week, my friends were still my friends. And I never got any horrible comments from other students. For the first time, I didn’t feel like I NEEDED make up.
All that to say, whether you are a teenage girl like I was or you are a mom like I am now, you do not NEED make up to be beautiful! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL just the way God made you! It has been on my heart to share that because our society is so focused on social media and perfection. The amount of followers, number of likes, your ability to take the perfect selfie, or how perfectly contoured your face is, does not define who you are. You don’t have to fit a mold or look exactly like every other woman to be beautiful. Just be the real you, the beautiful, strong, weird, unique woman that God made you to be!
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