I am Brave and Beautiful: Book About Me

Monday, September 29, 2014

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without makeup and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your makeup off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful!

You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

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I once went five weeks without a shower, only bathing in the river, during a mountain hiking trip. It was so freeing to not worry about looking in a mirror or wearing any makeup. Mother Nature helped me learn to appreciate my natural beauty. 

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Because of that hiking trip, I still don’t wear much makeup. When I do, I normally try to cover my freckles and hide my Harry Potter-style scar (look at the right of my forehead in the photo above if enlarged).  I used to wear colored contacts but have realized I love the natural color of my eyes that change from silver to gray, to teal green depending on what I’m wearing.

I love the song Freckles, by Natasha Beddingfield, (hear it on YouTube).  The lyrics are amazing:
“Cause a face without freckles is like a sky without the stars
Why waste a second not loving who you are?
Those little imperfections make you beautiful, lovable, valuable,  They show your personality inside your heart, Reflecting who you are."

I've realized my makeup and physical body do not change my spirit inside. I've had Ankylosing Spondylitis for 19 years. It is a type of arthritis that fuses my joints together. There have been many painful days where I couldn't get out of bed, lift my legs into the tub, walk up my stairs or lift my baby out of his crib. Needless to say, I have not been able to exercise as much as I want to because exercising causes extreme, debilitating pain- so I choose to be over weight.  I've accepted that it is more important for me to be able to take care of my family and physically move every day instead of being thin and having horrible flare-up pain from exercising. It makes me appreciate the better days and it has made me realize having good health and keeping a good attitude is much more important than looking good to the world.

I  also believe strongly in these words by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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I also want my children to grow up with good self-esteem and recognize their natural beauty and REAL self. I found a copy of My Book about Me by Dr. Seuss and Roy McKie. I can’t wait to give one to each of my children to fill out so they can start to recognize their strength and beauty. A blank journal would be great too.
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share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com

Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful

Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and
@Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!


Your Sister Circle said...

LOVED THIS POST! So fun going around to all the blogs today. Your beautiful blue eyes...those are a keeper! #hugstimesfive

Brassy Apple said...

gotta love mother nature and what she can teach us! thank you for joining in and sharing so much! xo

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