Hey everybody! Happy Monday morning :) We have something a little different, and really important to share with you today.. Our real selves. I am Brave and Beautiful – is a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. We loved and appreciated the sentiments in this video. It can be so easy to forget what real beauty is all about. We want to remember, and we want our daughters, friends, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, readers and neighbors to also remember that beauty is not skin deep.
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 make up and Sarah and I felt it was important to join in. Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up 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 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 then read on for Sarah and I’s reveals, as well as over a 100 other women.
Okay, here we go. We, 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. (This is not just for bloggers!) Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. Also feel free to tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY since Colbie’s song was the inspiration behind it all.
My thoughts on beauty have changed so much as I have grown and matured. If you went by the scale, I am bigger now than I’ve ever been in my life, and yet I have more self confidence now than I ever have before. There was a time when I took my body for granted, when being skinny was good for attracting attention and the way you measured was by comparing with others. So, what happened to change the unhealthy way I viewed my body? I became a mother. Now, when I think about my body I do it with awe. In the last 3 years this body has been pregnant for 18 months, and has brought two of my biggest blessings into the world. They are beautiful, and incredible and awe inspiring.. and I helped make them. Also, they are exhausting. I’m so grateful for this body of mine that has endured with me through countless sleepless nights, and long days. I want to take care of my body and I still have goals to attain, but the motivations behind those goals have changed. Now, my reasons for wanting to be healthy and fit are so much more important. I want to be able to chase my kids around, heck, maybe even catch them ;). I want to stay attractive to my husband. I want to live a long, happy, healthy life. I am beautiful and it has nothing to do with my shape. It has everything to do with the life in my years, the things I’ve accomplished and way I’ll continue to press forward.
I am beautiful because God made me exactly how I am supposed to be. I love this quote by C.S. Lewis so much that I put it up on my wall so that I could be reminded every day. I was created in God’s thought, exactly how He wanted me and everything He makes is good. Cutting myself down is cutting Him down, and I try to remember that when I start thinking negatively. I also feel that I exude real beauty when I am selfless and put others before myself. I am not always selfless, but it is something I try to be every day. On the days I succeed in putting others first and showing love to the people around me I go to bed thinking that I won that day. I am doing life right. I am beautiful.
Don’t stop here. Get clicking around. 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 you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way, and if it does, please share with the important women in your life.
>>>>>>>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.<<<<<<<<<<<<
1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl
21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive
39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals
59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling
74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me
94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa
104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen B and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kid Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography
We also wanted to take this opportunity to quickly give thanks and credit to each of our readers. We are so blessed by you, and we never cease to learn from you and the comments and wisdom you share with us in every form. We appreciate you, and we think you are brave and beautiful, each in your own way!