By: Alexis Meads, Regular Contributor
We’ve all heard this statement before. That beauty comes from within.
Audrey Hepburn said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.”
I truly believe this. Beauty that is skin deep isn’t true beauty at all. When we decide to work on ourselves, to smile more often, to embrace self-love, and to treat our bodies with respect we begin to glow.
Eat whole, natural foods. Get a good sweat in often. Laugh just because. Be silly. Make a list of the things you love about yourself. Do something because it makes you feel good. Tell someone “I love you.” And don’t be shy to reach out for help. We can’t always change on our own.
These are the things that make a woman truly beautiful. But, beauty doesn’t have to stay there.
I am the first person to tell you this. While one of my main priorities is self-growth and self-love, I’m as girly as they come.
I love playing with makeup, curling my hair, and picking out a beautiful new outfit with the perfect pair of shoes to go with it.
I don’t call this vanity, I call this an act of love.
Think of how you feel when you spend the day lounging around after throwing on an old pair of sweats, slopping your greasy hair into a bun, and not bothering with any makeup. Maybe you’re more likely to reach for that junk food as well.
Now, think of how you feel when you start the day with a hot shower. You massage yourself with your favorite scented lotion. You spend time blowing out your hair and putting on makeup to highlight your best features. Then you go into your closet and pick an outfit that makes you feel fabulous.
Chances are, it’s going to be a great day.
See, beauty comes from within, but it doesn’t have to stay there. As women, our bodies are temples and our femininity is an asset. We show appreciation by treating them that way. When we don’t take care of ourselves or take the time to feel beautiful we dampen our inner glow.
So I urge to you to donate or give away any clothes that you don’t make you feel great. Even if you want to lose weight, it’s important that you have outfits now that make you feel good.
When you treat your body with respect and show her that she’s worth spending time on, you’ll naturally care more about feeding yourself nourishing foods, feeling confident, and having fun.
Alexis Meads received her M.A. at Harvard University. She is a Certified Wellness Coach and Self-Love Expert. She helps women to fall madly in love, feel sexy and confident every day and create a life full of adventure. For more articles, visit www.AlexisMeads.com or download her Free Video Training here.
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