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I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
I have always been one to never leave the house without my hair and makeup done. That includes not wearing sweats and tshirts, ponytails, or pajamas out. I guess you could say that I always wanted to look and feel my best. It’s also something that my Grandma did and I grew up watching her get ready for work in the mornings when they babysat my brother and I. My Grandma is someone who I wanted to emulate and I think that this ended up being one of the ways that I did.
I even did my makeup while in labor with my first baby! After they gave me the epidural, I asked my husband for my makeup bag and brush. With our second, I had it done before we went to be induced at the hospital. I’ve gone into surgery that way too and will often fix my hair and apply some makeup when I’m sick.
So what I’m saying is that it wasn’t all that easy for me to take a picture without anything on my face. I was completely exposed! All of my flaws, the little things I always try to hide… But you know what? It was freeing seeing myself in the picture without any layers. It was just little old me, and I did what the song talks about doing. I asked myself how I felt about the person I saw.
I struggled horribly as a teenager with self esteem. I hit a growth spurt when I was in fifth grade. Unfortunately, I put on weight and didn’t grow much in height. It took a couple of years to get out of it. I was eating diet foods as an 11 year old! I just wanted to be thin like my friends, to fit what I saw on TV shows and movies. Once I hit junior high, it was an entirely different story. I was faced with kids who had a lot more money than we did, who could afford the trendy clothes. I wanted so badly to just have one pair of Lucky Jeans and one pair of Doc Martens. I really thought all I needed were some cool clothes and thinner body to feel better about myself.
I could never get my hair right. In eighth grade, I would come home from school and sometimes get my hair wet and blow dry it all over again, attempting to get it “looking better”. I remember crying many times when I couldn’t get it just right. I NEVER looked in the mirror when I wasn’t home. Why? Because I was afraid I would find something that I couldn’t fix. That I would have to walk around the rest of the day knowing that I had some “flaw”. I wore baggy clothes, not because they were comfortable, but to hide my body. I hated it! I wanted longer legs, to have a smaller chest (because in my young mind, I was huge!), and to be just a little taller. I didn’t look some people in the eye and had a difficult time talking to some kids because they were more popular, fashionable, or pretty. I’m sure many thought I was shy, though that was not the real truth. I was just afraid they would take notice of my awful hair or the zit I was trying to hide.
Some of those insecurities stayed with me in high school. In fact, to this day, I still find that I avoid looking in the mirror. But I did make a decision at one point to stop letting these feelings drag me down. I had goals and dreams, and I didn’t want to waste my time worrying about things that really don’t matter.
What I realized was this. We are all beautiful because we are children of God. What we see in the mirror is how He made us, and that in and of itself makes us special and unique. We are loved more profoundly than any of us understand by a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to know that we don’t have to tweak, tweeze, nip, tuck, tattoo, or pay exorbitant amounts of money to clothe ourselves in the latest fashions. In the eyes of the world, I may not be pretty. I may not be fashionable. But fashions and fads come and go, and the ideals of beauty in the eyes of the world change with each generation.
I find power in knowing who I really am. I don’t need the approval of the world to be special or beautiful. And not only do I have the knowledge that God loves me, I have a husband who stands by my side and thinks I’m beautiful no matter what the situation. And I have two special little boys who adore me, with or without the makeup.
This is my natural self. And I found that even with the makeup, clothes, and jewelry, I’m still as insecure as I am without it! But that’s okay. It’s part of the process. And instead of focusing on my problems in pictures, I’m choosing to see the beauty in them instead. I found three things in each picture to take note of that were positive and turned off the negative thinking.
And what I chose to see was someone who was strong, who had overcome hard things. The little lines on my face are remnants of all of the laughter I’ve experienced over the years, the worries of life and being a mother, the smiles I make while playing with my children. My eyes sparkle with depth, insecurities, goals, dreams, heartache, and a faith the encapsulates my soul.
Like the song mentions, “take a breath” and look at what you really see. Do you like what you see? Just try…
Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl
21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive
39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals
59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling
74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me
94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa
104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen B and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kid Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography
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