Stop Hiding and Start Living

Have you ever found yourself trying to hide in social situations?  Someone pulls out the camera and you run to the back to get behind others to hide or you run to the bathroom to get out of it completely?  Are you a selfie queen where all of your social media pictures are from the neck up and from an upward angle?  lol  I know this tactic well because I was the queen of it.

When social media made it's appearance in my life in 2009 I couldn't even fathom putting pictures of myself out there for everyone to see.  I used to hate the woman I saw staring back at me in the mirror.  If you were to look at pictures of my boys when they were young you would have to search high and low to find very many with me in them.  It makes me sad that I was ashamed of myself and stayed away from the camera during that time.

People have always told me that I seem super confident to them but I honestly think it was a coping mechanism I learned as a child.  I put a smile on my face even when I did not feel like smiling because I knew that I had to hide what was really going on in my life.

All women struggle with things they don't like about themselves.  For some it's weight, cellulite, skin issues, hair and for others it could be addiction, abuse, or mental illness.  I just want to help all women find the things they love about themselves and build confidence and acceptance around those.

The issues we think are our biggest downfall could be our greatest blessings.  We are each unique and beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors.  God does not make mistakes and he made you!  He made you exactly the way you are for a reason.

I encourage you today to stop hiding and start living!  Get out there and throw caution to the wind and be like that carefree little girl before you realized your flaws.  We all have them.  No one is immune to them.  So.... share your fabulousness with the world.  The more we celebrate who we are the more we give others the permission to do the same.  

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