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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Can we talk about beauty for a moment?

I came across this video yesterday and actually got tears in my eyes! I feel like someone reading today might need to see and hear this message about how beautiful you are in your most natural state. I will fully admit that I don't like to leave the house without some mascara and touch-up to cover the blemishes. This video really struck a nerve.

Why do I do that? Why do I care?

Despite growing up with two loving parents who told me often that I was beautiful inside and out, the culture we live in still constantly bombards us with unrealistic expectations of beauty. You can't help but be skewed by the standards that our culture sets. I still look in the mirror and find things to be disappointed with. And although I genuinely desire wisdom more than youth, each year I get older I do think about aging and what that will look like for me.

I don't have any insightful commentary here. Just wanted to be real today and say that I have good days and bad. Some days I feel beautiful from head to toe. And somedays I don't love what I see. And any woman knows it's a constant battle not to compare. But I do know that the bad days when I'm not excited about my outer beauty are usually on the same days that I'm feeling yucky about something on the inside. Inner confidence and peace tend to make you shine on the outside, which means the opposite is true as well.

But this video made me realize something else as well - that we are all so much harder on ourselves than anyone else! Every woman in this video is so beautiful without any makeup on. And I mean that! Why don't we believe that about ourselves?

I want to teach my children that what makes you beautiful is how you make people feel when they're around you. You radiate beauty when you make people feel loved and noticed and valuable.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this video!



  1. Thank you for sharing this. My eyes definitely teared up as well! I have 3 girls (4, 2.5, & 7 months) So it is constantly on my heart how they will be facing this culture of feeling like they need to fit a certain mold to be beautiful.

  2. Thank you for sharing this song. How have I not heard of it yet??? I'm going to share it on my blog as well! More women need to see this!

  3. This is a really great video and concept. I only wish I had enough faith to believe that this artist would truly live out this concept all the's just *really* hard to do in our culture, and I don't see that tide shifting anytime soon.

  4. I need to renig on my previous comment. I just read an interview with her on Elle and was impressed. Especially important, I think, is that she comes from a line of women who have chosen not to get caught up in cultural ideas of "perfection," so that has been engrained in her. I think she has a better shot at living it out, frankly, than even I do.


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