What does it mean to be beautiful?
“Being beautiful is about really accepting and loving all the parts about yourself, inside and out, despite your own perceived flaws. Accepting yourself for who you are on the outside is sometimes more difficult than accepting what’s on the inside. It's a life long process and journey to find that acceptance and love for yourself.”
What have you learned, or what would like to learn, to accept about yourself to let more joy into your life?
Accept and celebrate your quirks and your uniqueness, and don’t be afraid to show who you are even if you think someone might not respond well to it. We're all such different beings, and to be able to be yourself and not care what other people think is a really big part of beauty for me.
People can tell you different things you should change but you have to learn to push that out and not let it get to you because then you end up going crazy and forcing yourself to change even if you don't think you need to.
What is it about someone that makes them beautiful to you?
It's definitely their energy. You immediately get a sense of who someone is by what they are giving off. I always pay really close attention to that because if it doesn’t feel positive, I get very uncomfortable and it's difficult to interact with them.
Someone's personality is what makes them beautiful. It's more about how someone makes you feel than about what they look like. Being kind, being compassionate, being caring are all things that make up someone's inner beauty, so despite what you may see looking back in the mirror, it's really important to keep in mind what you are putting out into the world as far as your own energy.
What are the things that impacted your thoughts about beauty?
Growing up there was always talk of weight and appearance, and that was ingrained in both my sister and me. Especially as females, it's difficult to be around that and hear that all the time. I rejected it quickly from the start.
I've tried to get better at not seeing my own physical insecurities. As time goes on, and I get older, I just realize this is my physical body, this is how I was made up and I have to learn to accept it and be okay with it. Self esteem was a difficult thing to try and build up, and I'm still trying to.