I've been keeping journals since I was in the 3rd grade and I'm so glad to share some of my most intimate life moments with you here! Here, you'll find inspirational and encouraging stories of me and other broken people like me. We are all jars of clay who have been afflicted in every way, but not crushed...struck down by not destroyed. Here, you do NOT have the right to remain silent, so as you read, grab your favorite snack and drink and leave a comment...share YOUR story. I can't wait to connect with you in this beautiful safe space.
On pretty much a daily basis, I interchange the words pretty and beautiful. I’ll say things like “OMG, your look so pretty in that dress,” or “Yassssssssssss honey! Your hair is so beautiful today!” Though they seem the same, when I sit down and think about it, there really is a HUGE difference between the two.
Think of your spring wardrobe. It’s pretty right? It’s filled with pastel colors, A-line skirts, flowy maxis and darling wedges. But when next spring comes, you’ll probably buy more spring pieces. I know I will. Like the changing seasons, we will always go and buy new clothes because they go in and out of style. One day jelly sandals are in and the next season, they’re out. When you think about it that way, you can’t help but think that the term “pretty” describes things that are temporary…things that are constantly changing…things that are never going to stay the same. But beauty…that is something that lasts forever.
As women, our outer appearance will constantly change. Our skin will get wrinkles, our breasts will sag, our hips will spread and our hair will turn grey. But take a moment to think about the most beautiful woman you know. Is she beautiful because of her fierce wardrobe, petite frame, luscious hair or dark skin? Or is she beautiful because of her patience, how quick she is to forgive others, the way she makes others laugh and how completely joyful, encouraging and selfless she is? The most beautiful women I’ve met are all kinds of pretty on the outside, but that’s not what draws me to them. What captivates me…what puts me in awe of them is the thing I can’t physically see…the thing beneath the superficial surface: the radiance of their hearts.
A lot of women think that beauty can be bought at Sephora or Ulta. Hey, I get it…as women we’re constantly being judged by our outward appearance. We’re told that if we don’t look like the stick figure on television or fit into society’s box, we’re not beautiful. But that’s simply not true. The truth is…beauty can’t be found in a tube of lipstick, a mascara wand or designer shoes. Those things make you pretty, but they don’t make you beautiful. Beauty doesn’t come from having a pretty face. True beauty comes from within. It comes from your genuine heart, your confident spirit…your joy and your love. That’s the kind of woman that inspires me. That’s the kind of woman I strive to be every day.
So as we prepare to go into the weekend, I just want to thank every single client of mine who has shared her beauty with me. Thank you for opening your heart up to me and allowing me to capture your spirit. You all make my world so amazing. And to every other woman reading this blog…
Stay Beautiful. 🙂