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!
|Holding my daughter Chayse the day she was born, July 11, 2014.|
I was looking through all the photos we had taken the day she was born and I hesitated at the photo above and then quickly passed over it deeming it not "social media worthy". Why? Well, because on any given day you can look on Pinterest, Facebook & Instagram and see other moms with their new babies looking a whole lot more put together. Their hair is perfectly curled and cascading just right, their makeup is impeccable, they have cute pajamas on, their baby is in a new adorable onsie and wrapped in a super cute luxurious blanket, there are floral arrangements from friends focused just right to the side of them, etc.
Comparing myself to those photos, all I could notice was that while I had showered my hair wasn't done, my makeup wasn't done, baby girl was still in the hospital onsie and blanket, the lighting was awful...want me to go on? I was so stuck in the comparison trap that I was forgetting the joy and beauty of that night when Chayse was finally released from monitoring and I got to have her in my room and hold her as much as I wanted. How sad is that?!
Sure, I looked tired in this photo and the lighting is awful, but you know what I brought that little girl in my arms into the world just a few hours earlier and that took work! HARD work! And it was scary, and intense, and it took more than I thought I had during some of it, but I did it! (With the amazing help of some doctors and nurses of course)! Our little girl was safe, healthy and finally in my arms.
That's what I should have been focusing on and remembering when I looked at that photo. How strong, brave, and truthfully amazing I was during her delivery. Not how my photo doesn't compare to everyone else's.
|With my son Titan in Disney World |
(May 2014 | 36 Weeks Pregnant and no makeup because I just did not have the energy!)
The second moment is from a few years ago, I was sitting in a conference/lecture and the speaker
caught me off guard by asking me directly, "Are you beautiful? Are you pretty?" and then she waited for a response in front of the other 100-120 attendees. You know, nothing like being put on the spot. All around me I had people very nicely and politely whispering, "Say, yes. You should say yes."
What was my response? I really wasn't quite sure what to say, so I said, "Well, I guess it depends on who you ask?" To which she replied, "Because you know in some cultures you could be too skinny, right? Or in others too fat? And some might think you are too pale, while others might think you are too tan. It's all about perspective...." (And then she transitioned into something else probably about how at any given moment we can change our perspective and change our attitude).
Looking back on that experience, my answer should have been "YES! Yes, I am beautiful." And that should be the answer we all have any time anyone asks us that question or even any time we look in the mirror and ask ourselves that question!
That's the way I know I want my daughter to answer that question as she gets older. No matter her hair color, weight, makeup expertise, the labels on her clothing, etc. I want her to always be able to say "Yes, I am beautiful." without hesitation. And I want her to know that she is beautiful because she is one of a kind, because she is a daughter of God and because she serves and loves others. Of course, the first step in teaching her that is to model that behavior myself.
So... "Yes, I am beautiful! Yes, I am brave!"
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 Bee 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 Kids Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography
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