A Beautiful FollowUp

On my birthday, I posted a link to my last post, I Am Beautiful, on my Facebook page. I wrote it to accompany the photos I took and give some background on why I went crazy far outside of my comfort zone and did a photo shoot. I was surprised by some of the responses I received. Well…I was surpriGorgesed by ALL of the responses. I expected that a few people would say “Wow, nice pics. Who did them? Your hair looks great! Your makeup is flawless! Where did you get that dress? Your hair is fly!” And I did get all of that. But what I did not expect was the feedback from women that felt exactly as I did. Women that had spent some time in their past or present feeling unpretty, bound by their insecurities and perceived lack. These were women that I personally felt were text book flawless, timelessly gorgeous. Women with advanced degrees, babies, loving husbands, businesses, careers, families…GORGEOUS women! I was floored. And saddened. And motivated. More on that later.

I received multiple inbox messages from longtime friends, online friends, and perfect strangers. From what I heard, people began to share what I wrote with others, especially young women; daughters, nieces, etc. And the love I got back fed my spirit. Nearly everyone echoed the same sentiment: You are as beautiful inside as you are outside. My God. What a birthday.

Putting myself out there in such a way by posting pictures of my whole frame and writing words to accompany them, calling myself beautiful…it’s the antithesis of who I am. But the way God chose to use my decision, confirmed that it was the right thing to do.

Thank you for your feedback and positive thoughts.



About Essplus

Amateur photographer. Writer. Foodie.

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