Adjust Your Lens

What I look like is not the most important thing about me. Not even close. External beauty is not what defines a person. So why do so many of us let societal pressure to attain a certain standard of beauty dictate our internal dialogue with ourselves, the way we respond to the world around us, and how we are treated by others? How many of you have dissed yourself while standing in front of the mirror? I’m guilty as well. How many of you have been hurt by the unkind words of someone who thought voicing their opinion of your appearance mattered more than your feelings? I’ve been there too. How many of you have let those unkind words creep in and make a home in your thoughts? I’m right there with you. And how many times have you found yourself making comparisons and in turn felt less than awesome about yourself? So have I, though I’m not proud to admit it.

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It’s about time we all shove society’s expectations aside and acknowledge that we are beautiful as we are. If we allow ourselves to shift our focus and highlight our important attributes, just think how the lens could begin to change.

Start by being kind. Be kind to yourselves, and be kind to other women. We’re all in this together. Let’s lift each other up, rather than push one another down. Let’s transform our dialogues into those of empowerment, positivity, and encouragement. Whether it’s the internal dialogue we have with ourselves, or our outward interactions with others – we know we can all do better. That is my goal in all of this. To build a community of women that support one another in all their pursuits and endeavors. Who see one another for their true beauty and not the superficial. And to find that power within ourselves that is where our beauty lies.

I can’t wait to introduce you to our first guest on the next post. Until next time.

XO, Danielle

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Beauty Defined

When you describe a woman as being beautiful, which of her attributes are you describing?  Her physical appearance? Her impact on the world around her? The way she makes others feel? Think about how you define beauty. Do you consider yourself to be beautiful?

Here is Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word beautiful:

adjective  | beau·ti·ful | \ˈbyü-ti-fəl\

  1. having qualities of beauty :  exciting aesthetic pleasure

  2. generally pleasing :  excellent

Excellent. There’s a good place to start.

My goal for this blog is to re-imagine how beauty is defined; because mere physical attributes are not what makes a woman beautiful. We are so much more complex and abstract than that. Join me in my venture to reveal the true definition of beauty via interviews with beautiful, excellent women in Wisconsin. I can’t wait to introduce you to these entrepreneurs, mothers, artists, small business owners, first responders, soldiers/veterans, humanitarians, and more.

I’d love to hear your definition of what makes a Woman beautiful.

This is the start of something wonderful. Until next time.

XO- Danielle