Bonjour, Mes Amis!
How wonderful is that quote? I stumbled across it the other day and thought that it would be perfect to share with you.
In my own experience—and I’m sure many of you can relate, and then some!—it can be very easy to let this lovely little peace of mind get lost in the craziness of life. But, this little saying reminds me that yes, I am beautiful! It is important to remember that beauty is not physical; as D.H. Lawrence, says, “Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow.” With all of the messages we get from magazines and celebrities and television these days, I’ve found that the meaning of beauty is often confused with one’s physical appearance. All anyone ever mentions about beauty anymore is the proportions of one’s body, the surgeries they’ve had to get it that way, the Versace dress they wore, or the lack of lines around their eyes when they smile. No one mentions the light behind that smile, or the bright sense of inner confidence it takes to pull off that Versace dress on the runway!
To me, beauty should not be presented as the way one looks—it should be used to talk about the way one feels. Beauty is that confident voice in your head when you look in the mirror that says, “You look fabulous, darling! And no matter what you look like, no matter what you wear, no matter how much or how little makeup you put on, no matter how many times you forget one (or both) of your earrings, I love you!”
I suppose that’s where I’ve been coming from with all of my “Show your skin some love!” posts; a sure sign of growing a healthy sense of inner-beauty is in wanting to care for, rather than change, ourselves! And A French Touch does everything with exactly that in mind, because we want you to love the skin your in—literally! The sense of self-love and positive body image that it takes to truly care for yourself is what really makes you beautiful—that confidence will shine through anywhere!
Since I’ve found this quote, I’ve started a morning routine; after I’ve rolled out of bed but before anything else (even before a cup of coffee—this must be serious!) I stand up in front of my mirror and say out loud:
I am Strong.
I am Beautiful.
I am Loved.
It’s only been a couple of days, but I’ve noticed a wonderful improvement in my mood throughout my day. I am much happier! And feeling better will always do more good than just looking it.
What do you all do to make yourselves feel beautiful? I’d love it if you shared with me!
A bientôt, until next time!
Jeanie Downer says
Wonderful advice Jessie, being a happy person equates to the inner beauty that we so desire. Which reminds me of an email I received not long ago. Being happy is a “choice” we make and that ties in with being a beautiful person!!!!
Being happy is a choice, I agree! You could make that argument for a lot of things, really; going for a walk instead of watching TV, eating a salad instead of (or just before!) that extra piece of chocolate, and taking good care of your skin. And all of these choices reflect a great amount of inner beauty, because it takes a very special woman to love herself enough to believe that she deserves it!
Sandy Claybrook says
Wow, Jessie, the inner beauty you describe is so much desired by all of us!! Sophia Loren’s quote is so beautiful!! I am strong, I am beautiful & I am loved is a wonderful idea to tell ourselves in the mirror before we start the day. Keep up the positive input!!
I’ve kept up that morning routine for a week now, and have noticed such an incredible difference in my attitude throughout the day! Have you tried starting a routine like that? I’d love to hear about it!