Have you seen this video by Colbie Caillat that’s going viral lately? If not, I’ll give you a couple minutes to catch up and watch it. Because trust me, it’s a life changer.
If you didn’t cry, then you’re a lot less of a sap than I am.
This video is absolutely AMAZING. I haven’t had a video or a song effect me as much as this one effected me in a long, long time. It especially hits close to home having a sweet little girl to take care of. This is something I think of almost on a daily basis with Alea. I want to teach her to love herself, but I know that in order for her to love herself, she needs to have a mom that loves herself, too.
I won’t lie. Before I leave the house I almost always put on a coat of foundation or at least BB cream. It doesn’t stop there, though. I rarely leave the house without a quick swipe of mascara and a little filling in of the eyebrows. Sometimes I feel inadequate if I don’t have the cutest clothes to wear or the most perfect, blemish-free skin.
This also applies to this blogging world that we’re apart of. When I take photos of myself for the blog, I make sure that my make-up is done, my hair is (usually) fixed, and I carefully select the clothing that I’m going to wear for any outfit photos I do. I think this is a general trend throughout the blogging world as well. We always want to put our best foot forward and show everyone the most beautiful version of ourselves.
But is that really the most beautiful version? This is me. This is what I look like without all of the make-up, bed head, and zero filter.
What do I see when I look at this photo? I see tired mama eyes begging for at least an extra hour of sleep, but I also see beauty. I see my natural green (sometimes hazel, sometimes blue) eyes and that little twinkle in them because I know that I was looking at my sweet little Alea as she took this photo of me.
We’re all so beautiful just the way we are. I truly hate that society sends that message to us women that we need to wear 5 pounds of make-up before leaving the house, we need to have big boobs, a little waist and a clear complexion. We’re told we need to strive for a thigh gap and have a perfectly flat tummy. It’s just silly when you think about it, isn’t it?
But you know what? The only reason why that message to us women in society is so effective is because we listen to it. It sounds easier than it really is, but why don’t we just stop listening to it? Who’s with me?
“Take your make-up off.
Let your hair down.
Take a breath.
Look into the mirror at yourself.
Don’t you like you? Cause I like you.” – Colbie Caillat