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Girl, no matter your size, you can find your inner confidence. I know it, I trust it. And while my story is about a former bushy-eyebrowed, unfashionable chubby girl, this is for any girl that may lack in self confidence.
I was blessed to grow up around people who made me feel worthy. My parents and extended family never held back on the compliments (except one uncle that used to love to tell me I was pretty….pretty ugly…haha!).
Don’t get me wrong – my childhood wasn’t all roses. When I was in 4th grade I was bullied so hard that I actually got sick, saw a counselor, daydreamed of committing suicide and was even taken out of school. As cliche as it sounds, it totally made me stronger. And later, my high school years were some of my best.
I had no glimmer of self confidence again in my early 20’s when I was in a really bad marriage. It wasn’t easy, but I came out stronger in the end. I specifically share these two examples because I was stripped of all my self-worth through them. I was defeated, gained weight, felt ashamed and unloved. Then I packed my bags and ran away to New Zealand.
What has helped me since that life altering experience are these simple things:
I don’t seek my confidence through others-even though I have an awesome husband and amazing friends, and a family that still makes me feel very loved. I do, however, stand tall. I respect others. I try to keep good posture. I always wear mascara. And I fake it till I make it on the bad days. When things get tough it fuels me and helps me be more confident than ever.
See? I even let my husband take pictures of me and slap them on the internet. When you’re not a slender girl, that takes a lot! And I am loving it. Because I get my confidence from myself and my fashion. That is where the key lies…
I encourage you to find your confidence in something that makes you feel beautiful. For some it may be makeup, or hair, or fashion like me, or even having a powerful job. Whatever it is, channel it girl! Get it, and embrace it. Because you are beautiful, you are worthy and you are loved.
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