I have struggled with self love for most of my life and that has shown itself in different ways. I have been shy, struggled with an eating disorder and even struggled with having real relationships. I've also held myself back from doing the things that I really wanted. I know this is common for a lot of women. Just in the last year do I feel like I have been conquering some of these demons and as a result feeling so much more confident, happy and yes, even pretty.
Two years ago- trying to model an outfit feeling SO insecure in front of the camera
What has changed things for me? I was introduced to a book called "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown. I deeply identified with almost everything in the book. It was like she wrote it for me! I learned a lot about why I have always struggled to feel confident in myself. A big part of that was realizing that because I didn't believe in my own self worth, I was always hustling for other people's approval. Sound familiar?
The answer to stopping that cycle was/is a tough one. Authenticity. Yes, that sounds intense, but hear me out. I started by making authenticity my number one goal in situations where I felt insecure. I found that if my goal was to be authentic all of the time and no one liked me- then I was still successful and my confidence increased. On the opposite end, if my goal was to be liked and no one liked me, then I would feel like a failure and I continued to feel worth less.
So I tried it and guess what? It works. I am so proud of myself when I am open and honest in any situation, that it doesn't matter how anything else turns out. The highest compliment to me now is to be told that I am 'real.' In the past I loved hearing how cute my outfit was or how well I did something, but now it just feels good to be real.
Today- feeling good in my skin
Being authentic is all about letting people see your inner beauty. At one point growing up I had the thought that I hoped nothing terrible ever happened to my physical appearance because then what would I have? I really thought that no one would want to be my friend or like me if I didn't have my looks. What a tragic thought! No one should ever think that. I hope that my attempts to be real will encourage others to be themselves too.
What can you do to be more authentically you today?