I want to share with you some words from Erica’s heart. She deeply desires that you–yes, you–feel beautiful. And she is questioning exactly what that words means anyway. I’ll let her take it away:
Important question for you: When was the last time you felt most beautiful? A minute ago? A week ago? What were you doing?
Operation Beautiful is a mission to show you – and women everywhere – that you are beautiful all the time exactly the way you are. (Really). But, you need to change.
I’m not talking about changing the number on the scale or your love of Ben & Jerry’s – I’m talking about your love of self. Way too often, we fill ourselves with harmful self-deprecating thoughts; it’s negative and tears us down, making us our own worst enemy. We always seek the greatest of friendships and love, but if we don’t love ourselves first, who ever can? Time for Operation Beautiful.
Operation Beautiful was born on my friend Shane’s blog, and I was instantly uplifted, knowing I had come across something fabulous. So what’s it all about?
Too often, we sell ourselves short. We get sucked into the societal vacuum of aggressive Type A perfectionism (I would know – I’m Type A to the core), always striving and stretching towards a look, achievement, or status that seems better than where we’re presently at. We’re discontented with our bodies, and we tell lies every day to our own faces. I’m fat. I’m ugly. I’m not that pretty. I’m not smart. And I’m definitely not beautiful.
Lies, lies, LIES. You are beautiful, and this is the effort to prove just that.
Operation Beautiful happens as often as you like. You fill out this form, answering 4 quick questions about what you love most about yourself, both inside and out. You send a photo along too, and you’re on your way. But here’s the thing. Many of us don’t really realize how insanely hard it can be to recognize beautiful aspects of ourselves when we’re constantly surrounded by society’s version of what “beautiful.” Thin is beautiful. Tan and toned is beautiful. Blonde bombshell is beautiful. Victoria’s Secret Angel is beautiful.
All of that might be true (and Lord knows I want me a pair of wings someday), but it’s not the only beautiful.
Do you have standout freckles? Do you love your muscular legs? How about your booty, your always-pedicured toes…or maybe your feet are calloused and beat from dancing en pointe for years. It’s all beautiful, and it all deserves to be celebrated. So join me in celebrating the simple things that are oh-so-inspiring and awesome. Join the operation that’s pulling women together and showcasing all of the insanely beautiful things we have to offer, even if in just a snapshot.
It’s my hope that this whole effort will go viral. Because it’s my hope that one day, you’ll wake up everyday feeling beautiful.
Thank you so much, Erica! I hope some ladies do join up. I have been trying to get up the courage. Maybe this is the push I need. I also have a giveaway for you this week, with some awesome ladies, a Kate Spade Rose Gold Wristlet and a “This is the Year to…” Bangle. I love both. The bangle reads that on the inside while the outside says things like: “make a splash.” I love it and I know you will too!
These are the lovely ladies hosting the giveaway with me:Lauren of Sincerely, Lo | Anne of Love the Here and Now | Lindsay of Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos
Bex of Butcher’s Niche | Amanda of Kids and Cabernet | Liz of Baby Got BA
Suz of 2 Cats and Chloe | Lisa of Lisa Loves John | Nina of Flowers in my Hair
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