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Monday, September 29, 2014

Bravery and Beauty

There are over 100 women posting on this same topic today. The idea that we are brave, we are beautiful, we don't have to try so hard to impress everyone because at the end of the day, what matters is that we like ourselves. With so many to choose from, I wasn't sure if anyone would actually end up on mine. But you are here. 

So here's my beauty shot--where I'm all dolled up and stuff :)

And then here's my no-makeup, random headshot taken with my phone....and where I get all honest and stuff on you.

I've been thinking a lot about the idea of being brave, and liking who you are, and not having to try so hard, ever since Megan first told me about the project. I kept trying to think of some way that I could really be inspiring. What have I been through that can make it easier for someone else? What magic words will bring someone to tears and realize that they have worth.

And in the end, I was the one crying.

The only person I have to inspire is me. And I haven't been doing a very good job of that lately. I also don't mean that in a totally egotistical way of "everything's about me." But it was in those moments of trying to create some heroic story about myself, that I realized I was, once again, trying to compete.

I had a really rough summer. And I'm a little embarrassed to tell you that, because it didn't come out of tragedy, or loss or heartbreak. It was just a really hard summer where I felt too busy, too disconnected from my family, too much value placed on what I was doing and not who I was with. There were days when the idea of cooking dinner for my family was just crushing. Days when I didn't want to even be around the people I love. Days when I lay curled up in my bed, just sobbing. Days when one of our girls was in tears again over the dog that we only kept for a week (long story) and I felt like it was MY fault for not trying hard enough....causing more tears from me. Or that maybe if I'd been in a better place we could have made it work and I wouldn't have felt so overwhelmed by everything.

And for all the things around me that weren't getting done, it was somehow caused by me trying too hard. Ironic, right?

Some things have gotten better. I've done a lot of therapeutic talking with my husband. I've been spending more time with my kids. I've been spending time on my spiritual "health." I've been trying to take better care of my body, and I'm liking me again. 

For me, this idea of being brave didn't so much come from being able to post a picture of myself with out makeup on. It was about admitting to myself where I really am right now. Admitting that I can't do it all, but I can do what's important. And letting you see that too.

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com

Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration! If you made it to the end, thanks for taking time to read my little story. It was good for me :)
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  1. I love that this project has really been, for most of us, not about not wearing makeup. The examination of the project, and what we were going to contribute, has really driven so much of us to realize deeper things about ourselves. It's about what's on the surface ... but what's on the surface has made us all dig deeper. I love this post. And you.

  2. Gorgeous! And I love the new hair! xoxo

  3. Seriously so beautiful!! Love this post and love being a part of this campaign with so many wonderful amazing women!! #womenneedwomen #hugstimesfive

  4. your summer....sounds like my summer. I couldn't wait to ship my kids off to school to get back to "work". and it was miserable. I love blogging...but it was becoming more important than my family. Thank you for making me feel not alone! I've been working on turning it off and focusing in on the ones i LOVE! you are amazing! inside and out!

  5. We go through trials so we can grow. And it looks like you are doing just that. Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself and inspiring me. You are always adorable. with or without make-up!!

  6. I agree, it's more than just taking off our make up, but being truly accepting and okay with who we are. We all go through times when we feel like we aren't enough or are failing, good for you for recognizing it, working on it and being brave enough to share and inspire!

  7. so true! the only person you need to inspire if yourself! thank you for joining in ! xoxo