I really love this pic of myself and have gotten lots of compliments on it. I love my blue-gray eyes, nice colored lips, naturally curly hair… there isn’t that much I hate about myself! Why would I want to hate something that God says is good? That’s pretty much the best compliment there is, if you ask me.
I dealt with a lot of self-doubt and self-consciousness during the past few years. I think it started back in sixth grade. I was bullied for pretty much anything and everything people could think of to bully me for (it didn’t really help that I was going through my “awkward phase” at the time). I was told on a daily basis that I was a goody-goody and a big fat ugly loser. They left scars on me that they’ll never understand.
But luckily, with the help of my family and my strengthened relationship with God, I was able to heal from the wounds those bullies left on me. I still had a little trouble with bullying this year, but I was able to deal with it with grace and wisdom. I discovered my inner beauty, and not to mention some new looks that look better on me than my old look and give me more confidence.
I recently started wearing makeup. At first, I wore a lot. I thought it was the only way I’d feel pretty and get boys to notice me. But the truth is, it didn’t make much of difference in the way I looked, and guys didn’t even notice, much less care. Once I realized this, I decreased my dependence on my makeup. Now I just wear a little mascara and lip gloss, and occasionally some blush and concealer for special occasions. It’s made me feel so much more beautiful and much less fake!
I just wanted girls out there to know that a fake, made-up face may buy you guys and friends, but they won’t be the kind of people that will be good for you. True friends love you for who you are, regardless of how you look, and good values and a fun personality make good guys much more interested in you than any amount of makeup will! Once you realize your natural, God-given beauty, everything else will fall into place.