You are probably wondering what this blog is going to be about, considering the picture and the hashtag, keep reading and I will explain!
Back in December I shared a post via facebook (shared below) on beauty, and how every woman has a desire to feel beautiful, and even though I know this is something that is really hit on a lot in our time, there is still many women of all ages that commented saying that they needed to be reminded that they are all beautiful no matter what.
This is what led me to this venture. After seeing the post inspire so many, the Holy Spirit gave me this idea, #SELFIEvaluation. So let me fill you in on what exactly this is.
This is a 10-day challenge that I am personally going to be doing. I will be posting the pictures on all of my social media outlets (you can find on my About page) every weekday for ten days, and my descriptions on this blog site, starting Monday, Jan. 30th, a picture of a part of me that I either love or that I have been insecure about, but am learning that it is beautiful because it makes me, me.
Why Social Media? Lets be real, social media is a platform for us to share all the pieces of our lives that we want everyone to see, just the good stuff. Every selfie has gone through multiple edits, and filters and the picture was probably taken a gazillion times before you got the perfect angle and lighting! That's why we all hate tagged photos on Facebook, they are always the worst because we couldn't control the way they turned out!
The reason I want to do this on social media is so that I can be real, and share pieces of me that I normally wouldn't, because of fear of what people would say or think about me. Believe me when I tell you that this was not easy. In fact, while taking the pictures there were moments where my insecurities would rise up and I would want to stop taking the pictures and move on to something else, but I know that it will be worth it and that it is helping me grow in confidence
I'm doing this in hopes that many see it and are challenged to see parts of themselves that maybe when they look in the mirror, tend to cover up or try to hide, but will begin to have a new perspective that those are the things that make up who you are.
I want to encourage you, female or male, to please consider joining me on this journey. You don't have to do all ten days, maybe you just want to do one or just one week, whatever you feel comfortable doing, I pray that if you do take this challenge that you will truly embrace all of who you are and be confident in that! If you would like to be a part of this challenge, all you have to do is share pictures of pieces of yourself that you love and/or are insecure about but are learning to see as beautiful on your social media platforms, when you share your picture explain why you love it or why you have been insecure about it, and how you are embracing them. Use #SELFIEvaluation in your post, so we can all stay connected and see that we are not alone, that we all struggle with insecurity but we are turning those insecurities into opportunities to see beauty in a whole new way!
"Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it." - Psalm 139:14
Okay ladies, here's a little something I wrote this morning and wanted to share.
Being the holiday season, like some of us, I have been visiting family in my hometown. Yesterday afternoon I went to Walmart with my sister to run an errand before she left town. As we were leaving, we passed two young teenage girls and who I assume was their mother. I'm an amped people watcher, so of course if I'm riding in a car I watch all people that we pass and think about where they may be in their life, but as we drove pass these three I noticed the teen girls just walking, talking to each other and giggling probably about a boy or something they recently saw on social media, and the mom behind them as she was walking closer to the store was looking down at herself, pulling at her clothes, fixing her hair, and instantly as I saw her doing that I felt so much insecurity in her and it hit me that every single woman on this earth has a deep desire to look beautiful. Now I know what you're thinking 'Wow, Keshia! What deep revelation!" I know We've all heard this before. And while that may be true for most, there was just something that came over me in that moment, my heart began to break for her because she was a beautiful woman, but I knew that she just didn't believe it about herself. Now I'm going to get a little personal and say that in the last few months this is where I have found myself. A place that I really had come so far out of began to creep its way back into my life-the feeling of not being beautiful bc of outer appearance, and of course that leads to so many other lies (I.e: that's prob why you're still single, or you'll never amount to anything great, you can't be that good of a role model for other girls bc they don't want to look up to someone who's not that pretty, etc.) and then there's the want to just go home and not go out in public or not want to be in any pictures. I know that a lot of us have been here or are here even now. As I have struggled with this in my life off and on, I have truly began to realize that what I see on the outside has lesser effect than what is on the inside (don't get me wrong I absolutely believe in being healthy and taking care of yourself and I love fashion, makeup, all of those great things.) even though it is hard to truly believe this bc of what we constantly see and hear through media, we have got to let this truth invade our heart. It breaks my heart when I see women of all ages, skin colors, body shapes, hate on themselves and hide out, never truly walk out their dreams bc they let the fear of what others think of them hold them back. Ladies, we have got to take our thoughts captive, we need to believe that we are beautiful, truly beautiful. For all of you mothers out there that lay aside yourselves to take care of your babies, don't hate on yourself bc you don't have time to fix your hair or put on some makeup, or hide your body in sweats bc it's changed some from having those babies, stand out and be bold in who you are as a strong, selfless woman! For all of you single ladies, don't believe the lie that you are still single bc of your appearance, frankly that is straight from the enemy-you are beautiful and God has that man for you that will love everything about you, and for those who aren't chasing your dreams for fear of what someone may think of you, know that those dreams were placed inside of you to become realized, don't hide out, step out and go after them! Ladies, love who you are! Join me in realizing that true confidence and beauty exude from the inside and God has made you in His image what's more beautiful than that. I know it's challenging, but make it your New Years resolution for 2017 to Be all you are, not holding back, loving yourself, walk with your head held high, be fearless. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who knows who she is in Christ and believes that she is worthy of walking out her calling and looks in the mirror and see what God sees in her. Love you all, thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope that it brought freedom to your life like it is for me.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Godʼs sight.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV