What Makes You Feel Beautiful?

Being bullied does a lot of things, but  one of the worst is that you begin to doubt your own self-worth. When people call you names like ugly, fat, or if  they point out if you are having a face breakout, (God, why do they always do that?)  they really make you feel like you are NOT attractive. You think that you’ll never be beautiful.

Here is the thing, people – what you look like is not as important as how you feel.  INNER BEAUTY IS MOST IMPORTANT.

You can be the most classically beautiful person who is a size zero and perfect skin, but if you don’t feel beautiful, you won’t be. End of story.   We all have those days when you just want to throw your hair up in a bun, pimples on your face, running around in sweats and no make up and you know what? You can be  entirely beautiful doing that.

Physical beauty is an act of nature,

True beauty is an act of self.

Of course, there are things you can do to help you feel beautiful. I feel pretty when I talk to another person who was bullied and they tell me how they learned to #BeBrave and that they are doing better.  When I stand up to someone who is being bullied, I feel fierce and gorgeous. Some of the things that make me  feel beautiful are when I wear a certain outfit that makes me feel fabulous, when I have a PERFECT hair day, when my skin is clear, or my eyeliner comes out exactly right.  I’ve been a little busy the past few weeks with some cool stuff, and  my face showed it.  I received samples  of Liquid Oxygen skin care system and it has helped clear it up

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The thing is, other things I’ve used for my face when I’ve had breakouts kinda hurt instead of helped. I have sensitive skin, and most of the things I’ve used have had benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide totally dries out my skin.  Liquid Oxygen DOES NOT have benzoyl peroxide. I’ve only been using it for a few days, and I do see a difference- and no dryness! I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed out, my skin breaks out a lot.

Here’s me- first thing in the morning, just out of bed, no makeup, and bed head.

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I feel pretty beautiful in this photo. No makeup, just me.  Let me be perfectly, 100% clear- you do not have to look perfect to be beautiful.  What you look like on the inside counts so much more. But, if you feel that having clearer skin will help you feel better about yourself, why not give Liquid Oxygen a try?

 

Disclosure: I received  free Liquid Oxygen 3 piece set and was compensated in exchange for giving my honest opinion on my blog. I will never, ever tell anything less than the truth- all opinions are my own.


Turning ME into We

Tonight, I was able to show the world who I am.

Not the girl who hid in shadows,  weighed down not by the numbers on a scale, but by the words of others who judged me by them.  I changed from that girl, years ago. At one point, I wanted to die because I hated myself. Now, I want to live. More than that, I want to help others who have felt as lost Iost  as I did learn that it’s not forever.  They WILL get through this. It will end. You can love yourself. You should love yourself.

At WeDay Chicago, Martin Sheen said:

One heart with courage is a majority.

All you have to do is #BeBrave.

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I know it sounds easier than it is, but it IS that simple.  I take my Me- I will be Brave for you– and be Brave and stand up to your bullies.  Then you turn it into We:  We both Be Brave and stand up for the bullied. We stand up for the next person, and the next person, and the next person. From Me to We to Us.

WE CAN END BULLYING.

Tonight, on WeDay, I shared my story and I shared how music helped me save myself. I shared the stage with the incredible Colbie Calliat and Babyface  and we sang their song “Try” in front of 20,000 people who feel the exact same way I do.  I got to meet all kinds of incredible celebrities, and that was amazing.  What meant the most to me, however, was hearing “Me, too!” over and over. I was able to share my story, but not just mine. It’s a story that belongs to bullied kids everywhere.  We are taking back our stories.   We all know that we can change the world.

We can. We CAN.

All we have to do is be brave.


What Do You Hear, What Do You See?

When you listen, what do you hear?  When you look, what do you see?

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You know. You know the voices I am talking about. The ones that maybe other people have said to you enough that they bounce around your head until you begin to think they are real. They can grow like a tumor to fill your ENTIRE HEAD with lies- the malignant lies that can stop all that good things that are supposed to be in there.  But you know what? Those voices.. THEY LIE.

THEY LIE!

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They are not real voices, they are WHISPERS of hate and insecurity and loathing that can eat away at all the good that you KNOW to be true.

Here is what you do: every time you hear something that make you doubt how wonderful you are,  you need to listen harder for the real truth- the words that you know to be true. That you are fabulous, you are loved, you have worth, and  that  YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

No matter what you look like YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Make your own beauty. You do not have to be like everyone else to be gorgeous, you just need to be you, and know you are fabulous. Everyone is in some way, you just have to look for it.

You have to come out of the dark, and look into the light!

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If you look, you can find it. I love to take photos. I borrow my mom’s camera whenever I can and take photos of whatever I can. I see all kinds of beauty everywhere.

What do you see when you look? What do you hear when you listen?