I thought it would be a good idea for me to share an issue that I have struggled with since I was in Jr. High School…my skin! For those who know me, my skin, for the most part, has been clear. Every now and then I’d get those big under the skin, can’t pop pimples. You know the ones! They hurt like crazy and you have to let them do what they want or else you are left with a huge scar! YUCK! The funny thing about my skin is I never thought it was a big issue UNTIL 8th grade! This girl by the name of Christina (I will never forget her name!) said to me in class, “Your nose is sooo much lighter than the rest of your face.” It didn’t help that there just so happened to be a huge mirror in the class. So what did I do? I went and looked in the mirror and I stared at my face! I started to see that my nose WAS lighter than the rest of my face! How could I not have noticed this? I looked at my face all the time! Thank you Christina for pointing out a “flaw” that I didn’t even know was a flaw! After that incident, I brought it to my mother’s attention and told her I wanted to start wearing makeup. I told her my face was 2 colors and I didn’t like it. Yes, she tried to tell me nothing was wrong with me, but she wanted me to be happy. So we went to the store and as I sat at the counter I was nervous. I didn’t want anyone to see me and I didn’t want the makeup lady to look at my face. On top of that, she didn’t know what she was doing and couldn’t find the right color to blend in with my face. I was getting impatient and my nerves were on edge. I remember walking away in tears telling my mom that I wanted to go home. She couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. I was so upset and to make a long story short I’ve been wearing makeup every since. I wouldn’t wear it over my entire face, just my nose area. CRAZY RIGHT!? I was embarrassed, thank you Christina! I all of a sudden had an issue with my face because SOMEONE ELSE pointed out something that was different from them!
But my story gets better! For the past month or so my face has been breaking out. Not the usual bumps either! I am talking bumps under the surface of my face, on my cheeks. I didn’t know what was going on, I still don’t. (That’s not the good part, lol) The good part is I decided to stop wearing makeup, for the time being! I don’t know if the makeup was causing it, but I know my skin needs to breathe. So Saturday, I went all day without makeup. I was so uncomfortable! I didn’t want to leave the house and interact with people, BUT I DID JUST THAT! I even went out to eat by myself and got some work done! I ended up taking selfies at the table in the middle of me bring productive. I really had to Wear My Confidence that day!... I almost forgot it at home when I walked out the door! SMH! BUT GUESS WHAT!? I survived!
I looked myself in the mirror and REALLY examined myself and my face. I came to the conclusion that I needed to accept the things I can’t change (the exact thing I teach you!). I also noticed that my face really IS NOT THAT BAD! Sooo what did I do? I didn’t wear makeup to work on Monday! #nomakeupmonday I felt a bit weird too! But guess what? Today is Tuesday and I’m still not wearing makeup. I was tempted to do it today but I looked myself in the mirror and told myself that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I told myself that I am beautiful and that I am not going to put on makeup and then I walked out the door! Don’t get me wrong I love a beat face every now and then, but I was hiding behind my makeup. How can I talk to you about wearing your confidence when I’m hiding behind makeup? That AIN’T right (yes, I said AIN’T!) My words to you are: Don’t allow the words of others affect you. Christina pointed out a “flaw” that I didn’t know was a “flaw” and because of that I wasted so much time, effort and money trying to cover up who I was. This is me! There is so much more, no less!
Be you! Wear Your Confidence, not your makeup! Don’t cover up what God but His hands on!
I’ll think #noMakeupMondays will be my new thing from now on! Who is with me!? Are you confident enough for the CHALLENGE!? (There is no fire involved, only a lifetime of benefits and true beauty)
*Don’t Forget Your Confidence
I took some pics Monday and Tuesday. This is me! Naked face and all!
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