This is What Makes us Girls...

"We spend a lot of time, as women, analyzing and trying to fix the things that aren't quite right, and we should spend more time appreciating the things that we do like."

 No matter how gentle your heart is, how graceful you appear, or how much you love, I've learned that always, always there will be naysayers. I've learned that whether you have tough skin and seemingly unprecedented confidence or a gentle aura and a welcomed warmth, someone will find a way to try and downplay what you have to offer. I've learned that perfection is an illusion, and in fact, one that the more you chase it, the harder it comes crumbling down. I've learned that everyone is fighting their own battles and being grown up is the most interesting balancing act.

Comparing, struggling, striving towards a new perfection, daily. It's something that just makes us girls. I've learned that in the fear of being broken or losing control, we sometimes fence ourselves in. We create pretty boundaries that make everything tidy and in place, but while we're doing that, we're missing out on what's going on outside of the fence. Not to mention, we're probably driving ourselves crazy. I'll be the first to admit to you that I'm guilty of this. It's an ever-changing balance game.

What do you do to keep the balance in?

Life is a balancing act, fact. Nonetheless, we all have to live it, we all have to balance, and we all struggle. But why? Shouldn't life be a beautiful, carefree experience? We only get one; so the most logical answer would be to live it as beautifully and carefree as possible, right? But, oh yes, then there's the part where you're a grown-up, where you have daily stressors, weekly obligations, and too many people to give your attention to. Then what? How do you keep beauty and balance in that? I've decided to make it a point over the next few weeks, to try a few things to manage life and the happy, healthy balance. Especially for the women out there who feel as though they're fighting an endless battle in try to do it all and be it all for everyone, this is for you. Stay tuned for some tips and tricks, and more importantly, some translucence, on what I've learned and the things that work and don't work for me.

In the meantime, if you haven't seen this Dove Real Beauty video that went viral a few months ago, you should most certainly click the link and take a few minutes of your morning to watch. And if you have seen it, watch it again. It'll get your day moving in the right direction, especially if your morning started off on the wrong foot.

You are beautiful. Happy Tuesday!