JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 97 :: average or beautiful, how about real self-love?

8 Apr
I love beautiful things. They brighten my day. I love the concept of beauty and I love the concept of finding something beautiful in everything.

Whether it’s the flowers popping up out of the ground or the people all around. (Like these beauties that just appeared in our yard!)

The most beautiful person I ever knew was my mother. That’s not hard to imagine. She was amazingly kind and wonderful. She radiated love. She practically glowed. But she once told me that her father called her homely. And he meant it sincerely.

I think the exact quote was, “It’s a good thing you’re so kind because your looks are so homely.”

I was just a teenager when she told me this. It made me want to cry, for her. It sounded so mean and horrible to me. I could not imagine anyone saying that to someone they loved. Especially to my mother! My Mama Sling!

Which is why I cried today while watching this Dove commercial circling around the world. The video shows a stunt forcing women to choose to walk through a door that said “Average” or “Beautiful”. The marketer in me was impressed, the human in me was dismayed. At first, I contemplated which door I would choose, and then I thought about my mom, and which door she would choose. Then I read this from Buzzfeed, and thought…why yes, why should women have to choose?

What if the doors had said things like:
Funny! Loving! Kind! Awesome! Smart! Self Starter! Quirky! Patient! or …A Kick In the Pants!

Words matter.
A lot.
They stick to your skin longer than any soap ever invented.
And beauty runs stronger than skin deep.

So that said, I am sharing my first #LoveMoreDoMore Sunday Interview. It’s with Amy Leigh Mercree, self-starter and self-love expert. In it we talk about self love among other things and I share my silly little self-image struggle with my thumbs. Yes, my thumbs 😉 I know, silly, but real. Find out what Amy recommends for my thumbs (and I did it!!).

I was going to wait to release this interview, but I can’t. Not after seeing that Dove video today. (To listen to the interview by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 25240879 when prompted for it.)

Love on dear, awesome, kind, smart, quirky, patient, kick in the pants beautiful ones! Love. On.

More tomorrow.

  {what word describes your awesomeness?}

4 Responses to “JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 97 :: average or beautiful, how about real self-love?”

  1. Anonymous April 9, 2015 at 4:51 PM #

    You GO Girll

  2. Diane Neal Emmons April 9, 2015 at 9:44 PM #

    How about real self-discipline?

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