By Adrienne Credo, Regular ContributorOctober 19, 2015
image via positivelypresent.com
One of the hardest things we ever go through as women is facing the fact that we are flawed individuals. With so many societal pressures weighing in on who we should be and how we are supposed to carry ourselves, it can be tough accepting our flaws. But we all make mistakes. We all have insecurities. We all have flaws. What's important is how we perceive them. When we acknowledge and embrace our flaws, we not only love ourselves, but we also allow ourselves to live a perfectly imperfect life with so much love. However, the journey to accepting our flaws can be long and arduous, and that’s okay because we come out on the other side stronger than we could have ever imagined.
When we accept our flaws, we begin to see how they make each of us unique.
We begin to realize how exceptional we are through our experiences. We are the only souls in the world to feel the way we feel and live the way we feel. No one in the entire world can experience what we experience, and there is so much power in that. I think that's the beauty in embracing our flaws. Through our flaws, we find our strength to accept ourselves for who we are and what we have to offer the world. We are able to connect with other strong women and continue to inspire one another to be amazing, loving, and supportive. By sharing our experiences with other women, we encourage each other to be the best versions of ourselves we can possibly be through an immeasurable amount of support.
Finding the strength in our flaws can be tough, but when we accept ourselves for who we are, we encourage other women to find strength from within their very souls.
We continue to grow together through sharing experiences, laughs, smiles, and tears.
This community of strong-willed women in IATG has shown me that there is more strength, love, and support within a community of women than what society tells us there are.
We have the power to change how women are perceived in the world by owning ourselves and the flaws that come with it.
We are all strong and beautifully flawed women who seek to empower each other every day. That’s where strength stems from. No matter what stage of acceptance you may be of accepting your flaws, remember that we are all wonderful works in progress with so much growth in store for us.
What flaws do you embrace? How can we turn our flaws into our treasures? Tell us below!
Adrienne is an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine studying Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in International Studies. She is also a passionate photographer (you can check out her work below!) and an avid video creator. She loves to binge-watch shows with her roommates and creates funny videos with her friends. Check out some of her photographs on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123906482@N03/
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