In this generation, it’s not hard to be insecure. Everyday we’re surrounded by (and instantly reminded of, via social media) “perfect” people who seem to have it all together. Then we see ourselves in the mirror and wonder why we don’t have her nose, his blue eyes, and their symmetrically perfect faces.
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m one of those people. I’ve struggled with insecurities ever since childhood when the world (and myself) would constantly point out my flaws – and some people still do these days (I’m sure they don’t really mean to and I’m not harboring any ill feelings). But this post isn’t about discussing all my flaws and telling you guys about all my insecurities. This post is about going beyond those seeming insecurities, working with your beauty, and truly, TRULY loving yourself.
Can’t count how many times people have told me that my ultimate flaws are what they love most about me! Huhu! Love your insecurities and they’ll love you back!
During the 5th grade, I decided that God purposefully and thoughtfully made me this way – toothy, cheeky, stretchmarks and all – and I was going to make the most out of what He gave me. Instead of letting my “flaws” hold me back from who I could be, I was going to go beyond them and not view them as my handicap. And most of the time, what we come to acknowledge as our flaws are the things that people love most about us!
“What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.” – Emma Stone
“I am finding joy in my traits that that make me different in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same.” | Meet my friend Carla. She actually approached me to do this blog post with her – check out her beautiful message HERE!
Of course, it’s easier said than done and I would still find myself feeling defeated by the standards of this world and by my own unreachable standards (lol). For me, to start to truly love yourself and to use your “flaws” to your advantage, you have to really change your perspective. When I finally started to see myself through the eyes of my friends, my family, and through God’s eyes, that’s when I started to feel truly beautiful and content with who I am. When you change your standards of beauty and see as God would like you to see – it’s a whole new perspective.
100% Pure raw Beef! Photos by my loverly brother Alan
And when you find yourself defeated again, just remind yourself: God does not create anything that isn’t beautiful and the people who matter the most in this lifetime, find me (YOU) beautiful. Isn’t that such a comforting thought? Now that I’m 25, I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty that God has given me…CHICLET TEETH AND CHEEKY CHEEKS FOR THE WIN!!!
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
Hoping you’re having a wonderful week so far, beautiful being reading this sentence right now! Don’t forget to check out the meat of this blog post over at www.carlabiancaravanes.com – explains the makeup-less portraits and all! 🙂
All the best,