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In Authentic Beauty, Faith on
6 April, 2017

Faith, Fitness & Freedom in Christ

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Happy Thursday, friends! Today I have the joy of passing my pen to my friend Marsha, who is sharing with us her struggle with body image. Ladies everywhere, I pray you will be encouraged just as I was. – Jen

My testimony starts as a Jesus-loving young girl consumed with how she looked. I watched my mom struggle with her weight, and she desperately did not want me to deal with the same issues. Unfortunately that made me (and her) hyper-focused on it, and I began to believe I was fat, ugly, not good enough, and would never find anyone to love me. Read More

In Authentic Beauty, Faith on
24 August, 2016

My Struggle With Self-Image

I’m going to be really honest with you: sometimes being a woman is really hard. In our culture today, we are presented with infinite images of all-too-perfect models. But, in reality, those models aren’t perfect at all. Their makeup is airbrushed, their skin is spray-tanned and their extra weight–which is really just beautiful, womanly curves–is removed with the click of a mouse in Photoshop.

I think it’s safe to say that every woman has at least one self-image issue she struggles with. I know I do. In fact, ever since middle school, I have dreamt of having perfect skin–you know, tan, flawless and smooth. In reality, however, I was born with very fair skin and freckles, and my complexion is far from smooth and perfect. Read More

In Authentic Beauty on
9 March, 2016

You Are Enough

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As a woman, there are moments in life when it’s easy to feel like I don’t measure up. It’s easy to compare myself to others and begin to feel unworthy, unbeautiful, unlovely. It’s easy to feel not smart enough, not popular enough, not good enough.

I can’t help but wonder if this struggle is much harder for my generation than it was for those that grew up without technology. Today, it seems so much easier to covet another person’s life because their updates and photos are in our faces constantly. Regardless, a friend of mine once told me that we can’t compare our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel. And it’s so true! If I sit here and compare my imperfect skin and body to the photoshopped images of my favorite celebrity bloggers, how on earth could I ever measure up? Read More

In Authentic Beauty, Marriage & Love on
26 June, 2014

3 [Unexpected] Reasons Why I Choose Modesty

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It’s officially summertime, and that means it’s time for pool parties, backyard barbecues and bonfires. But because it’s summertime, that also means it’s time for bikinis, mini-skirts and short shorts to make their yearly debut on many young women my age.

And to be honest, summertime used to mean some of those last three things for me, too. As a teenager, as much as I was told to cover up, I insisted on wearing a bikini to the beach with my friends. After all, everyone else was doing it, so why shouldn’t I? I didn’t want to get made fun of or look like a prude. Read More

In Authentic Beauty, Marriage & Love on
9 January, 2013

Modesty matters

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Disgusted.

That’s just about the only word I can come up with to describe how I felt a few weeks ago at the gym. Having just finished some weight training, I proceeded to scour the room for two open treadmills so my sister and I could get in some cardio. “Oh, look,” I said to her. “Let’s grab those two over there.”

So I hopped on, started my warmup walk and flipped through my iTunes library to find just the right song. 22 by Taylor Swift? Check. Pace of 3.5 to get my muscles moving? Check. Sweat towel within reach? Check. Read More

In Authentic Beauty on
6 December, 2011

The obsession with perfection

Today on Facebook I came across an article about how H&M has pasted the heads of real models onto virtual bodies to promote its new lingerie line. And a few weeks ago, I noticed the Internet exploding with news articles, tweets and Facebook statuses about how Miley Cyrus got “fat.” When I saw both of these the same simple question popped into my head: why?

Just like every other girl on the planet, I struggle with insecurity now and then. Sometimes I wonder if I’m just not pretty enough. I color my hair and wax my eyebrows and rarely do I leave the house without makeup. But what does the bible say about having a mentality that we have to look perfect? If supermodels aren’t even good enough to model clothing anymore and virtual bodies are being created in Photoshop for them, this only further proves my point: we girls will never be good enough for the world’s (impossible) standards. Read More