Hi my loves! ❤
Another week & MORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
Saturday night at home (#winning) & feeling SUPA MOTIVATIONAL. You know what that means; I’m about to make MOTIVATIONAL SATURDAYS a thing.
This week’s accomplishment is about CONFIDENCE & THE TRUE MEANING OF “BEAUTIFUL”. This is me. “Sweatpants. Hair(tied). Chillin’ With No Makeup On. Is that when I’m the prettiest? Hope that (I) don’t take it wrong”. This photo is the epitome of one of the most beautiful (No pun intended) lessons recovery has taught me.
A few short months ago, I was THE GIRL who HAD to put makeup on the second I left the house, whose hair always looked blow-dry-bar-FRESH-AF, who would NEVER IN HER LIFE, NOT IN A MILLION YEARS, be seen, let alone, POST a picture, if she didn’t look perfectly made-up & “beautiful”.
Today, I stand tall with UTMOST PRIDE (WITH THAT NO MASCARA SWAG) & scream to the world that I am no longer that girl.
I am BEAUTIFUL, but not for the reasons that I once believed made me just that.
RECOVERY HAS TAUGHT ME THE TRUE MEANING OF BEAUTIFUL.
For me, “BEAUTY” is no longer about the outer shell (that we so often hide behind to mask the emotions we suppress).
The true meaning of beautiful lies within.
For me, beauty is about strength, willpower & self-determination;
It’s about accepting reality (no matter how much we hate it, how hard it is & how badly we want to avoid it), finding ways to cope & to tackle it head strong;
It’s about recognizing our self-worth, prioritizing ourselves, caring for, loving & nourishing our bodies;
It’s about opening up about our traumas, experiences & fears, breaking down walls & seeking help (No, this does not make us weak);
It’s about telling those we love & care about how much we appreciate & need them in our lives;
BUT MOST OF ALL, BEAUTY LIES WITHIN OUR ABILITY TO APPRECIATE THE MOST VALUABLE GIFT OF ALL:
And in choosing recovery, I have done just that. When faced with death, I chose life.
And here I am today, LOOKING & FEELING better than ever (Yes, even without makeup. Without a FRESH blow-dry & chillin’ in the same sweats I’ve been wearing for like two days) – & this, my loves, is what TRULY MAKES ME BEAUTIFUL.