You Don’t Have to Try

This has been floating around Facebook, so many of you have probably already seen it.  But it is definitely worth viewing.

As women, we are continually given messages–both spoken and tacit–that we need to be better.  More beautiful.  Thinner.  Perfect.  Our hair should shine, our smiles should be bright, our makeup flawless.  All while we have 2.5 perfect children, get a master’s degree, and run our own business.

Yep, no problem.  I can do that!

I know amazing, talented, bright women who refuse to leave the house unless they are made up perfectly, their hair done, and dressed for success.  This is to go to the grocery store.

I called my mother recently to see if she wanted to go workout at the gym.  Her comment was, “Well, I haven’t showered yet and I don’t have any makeup on.”  This is the gym, Mom…you will sweat.  You will shower AFTER.  It’s kind of the point.

Apparently, Colbie Caillat was tired of it and made this video.  It’s a great message.  We don’t have to try so hard.  We’re beautiful the way we are.  Please share this with all the women in your life–young and old.  And really listen to it yourself.  It is so important for us as survivors to internalize this message.  So much of what we went through reinforces the belief that we are not good enough.

Now I’m off to the grocery store.  I have no makeup on.  I ran a brush through my hair.  I’m wearing jeans and a tee shirt.  And I look beautiful!

Have a great day everyone 🙂

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