When I was a young girl I hated my nose! I thought I looked like a chipmunk and I did not like that the tip of my nose turned up. I remember when I was about five or six years old I would sleep with my face squished into the pillow to try to flatten my nose! Good thing I never suffocated! How silly was that?! I look back now at how ridiculous that was and how even at a young age we find things that we do not like about ourselves. Let’s just say I have grown into my nose and I think it’s adorable now.
Look how cute we were though, seriously? How could anyone at that age hate their nose and want to change it so badly? Looking at this picture I wonder what my brother thought about his chubby little cheeks?! Back to me though, this blog is about me! ha ha….
Then came high school. I will never forget when I started hating on my lips! I started realizing how big they were and wishing that they were smaller! One day a friend jokingly called me platypus. Do you know how huge platypus lips are? Well actually they aren’t even lips they are more like a duck’s bill. I laughed and played it off but my massive lips were all I could think about for the next few years. This magically changed when people started talking about how hot Angelina Jolie was and how gorgeous her big lips were. I started thinking to myself that maybe mine weren’t so bad after all. Over the years big lips became quite the thing and now people go as far as injecting their lips to make them big and plump. So as it turns out, I win! My plump lips, my chipmunk nose and I all win!
There were other things that I struggled with along the way. Wishing I was prettier, wishing I was thinner and wishing my chest was smaller. Once I started accepting that these things made me unique and different from everyone else I really started loving myself…. all of myself! It’s truly an empowering feeling when you get to that point. It took me a long time to get to where I am but I love that I did and I love that I can help others get there as well.
Most of us have things about ourselves that we do not like or might even hate, even the most beautiful people in the world have things they wish they could change about themselves. Once you learn to embrace everything about you and truly love every part of you it will show and you will be even more beautiful.
I have decided to dedicate the whole month of February to love. Self-love! Loving myself a little bit more each day and I really encourage you all to do the same.
Melissa – Styled by M