In a society that places female beauty on a pedestal, it’s often hard to believe that you’re beautiful when you don’t look like the woman on the cover of magazines. Honestly, those women don’t look like that either, thanks to the magic of Photoshop. It’s important to remember that society’s standards of beauty have changed over the years. What is deemed beautiful in United States, isn’t necessarily the same as what’s deemed beautiful in other countries (read about it here and here).
Don’t let anybody else decide if you’re beautiful or not. You shouldn’t feel bad about yourself because of models in magazines or the number on the scale. When you stand in front of a mirror, resist the urge to take yourself apart, piece by piece. If only I was a skinner, my butt was smaller (or bigger), my boobs were bigger (or smaller), my thighs were thinner, my nose was cute as a button, my hair was wavy (or straight or curly or whatever), my skin was different (lighter, darker, less freckles). Look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I am Beautiful,” every day until you believe it.
Be proud of who you are and how you look, and only change if you want to. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself (sense of humor, curly hair, great mom, math whiz, writer, singer, dancer, painter, extensive knowledge of Star Wars) and put it someplace where you can see it every day. Maybe even on the bathroom mirror to remind yourself that this is me and I am awesome. And if you need inspiration I’ve put together a playlist of songs about being beautiful, just the way you are.
Here is your weekly motivation (click image to listen to this playlist on Spotify):