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.  


7 comments


  • Jill Dubell

    I am a new subscriber, and I love your clothing! Do you restock once a month or is it a once it’s sold I’m done with that piece of clothing? So many of the shirts that I wanted to order were out of stock. I would appreciate your reply. I did order one shirt.
    Thank you
    Jill Dubell


  • Lynn Barbee Hinton

    I completely identify with your story. Now, in my mid-50’s I feel a welcome shift into my power. I will no longer be ignored, no longer hide. I’m a beautiful, loving and caring person & I’m vowing to give myself grace and show myself to the world. Love you, Shelli!


  • Penny Wallis

    Shelli,
    As much as I have read other people’s stories and thoughts on the subject of accepting ourselves, they have never hit me as yours has. Bottom line, most of us have our own issues where we feel we are lacking or inadequate in some way. But God made each of us, and He does not make mistakes; there is beauty in us all. All sizes, all shapes, in all ways we are enough and we need to quit looking in the mirror with critical eyes at ourselves.


  • Pam Thacker

    You have no idea what an influence you are to woman. I find myself saying that I am stupid at least 5 times a day if not more. I’m trying to love myself more but it is a journey. Thank you for always being a bright light for me and other women like me.
    Love you sister!!!!!


  • Angela

    This blog is SPOT ON and so relevent. THANK YOU FOR putting yourself out there to encourage other people!!


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