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How to Live Beautifully


Yesterday, I was taking my usual “give your brain a rest and stare shamelessly at photos you like on Instagram” break when I stumbled across this: 

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Two thoughts came to mind pretty immediately: 

  1. This chart may have been thrown together for a laugh, but it’s eerily accurate. 
  2. What one message are these two, very mixed ones sending us women?

Then, thanks to what must have been a good day for scrolling, I came upon a second image. And it more or less answered my question: 

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Okay, so it’s fair to say that the conundrum you see above is not at all new, because it isn’t. Even something so trivial as my own Pinterest board is a kind of confirmation (yes—I too am human). Just take a peek at two recent pins below: 

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The point? We’ve long been aware of, yet severely impacted by, big ideas that are at odds with one another. I guess it was just fascinating and maybe even a little satisfying to see the fray so simply and boldly stated.

“You’re beautiful just the way you are, but it would be best to make sure ‘the way you are’ fits an accepted social standard of beauty. And while you’re at it, maybe dye your hair….”


Now, I had every intention of using this article as an opportunity to reinforce the concept that you really are beautiful, you are enough, you are special. 

(And don’t get me wrong—you are.)

But then I had a thought: There’s a lot of noise out there, ranging from wholly positive to positively not, and perhaps it’s best just not to add to the clamor. 

You’re probably confused now, I know. So allow me to explain myself:

As opposed to making yet another effort (however valiant) to convince each one of you of your beauty with a few choice words and maybe a metaphor or two, I’d like to suggest that you tune out the noise and set your mind to doing all the things that make you feel absolutely radiant.

Be of service to others. Discover new places and stories; create things. Embrace each and every day, along with whatever oddities or charms it brings. Live beautifully and you will feel beautiful in a way that can’t be called into question or watered down by a magazine cover.

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  1. MeganMarie1216

    Posted by MeganMarie1216 on April 13, 2015 at 18:52

    Great article! I love that it’s more of a “doing the things you love makes you feel beautiful” instead of a “workout and lose weight to feel beautiful” and for some girls, it is working out that they love. It’s different for everyone, and I think you touched on that beautifully!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Precioustime22 on March 29, 2015 at 19:48

    This article is perfect. You touched upon just about everything. You didn’t repeat yourself, or try to preach redundant self-esteem boosters. Everything said was to the point and yet you had so much to say from a different perspective. If you do what you love and what God propels you to do and do it radiantly, you are being beautiful. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  3. ReaganthePK15

    Posted by ReaganthePK15 on March 29, 2015 at 18:08

    Well-written article! Beauty is what you make it out to be.

  4. Speak4Elohim

    Posted by Speak4Elohim on March 29, 2015 at 13:12

    Yes!!! Thank you!!