I love having conversations around #beauty and #bravery. This selfie was taken on a quick store run, minus makeup. I now wonder how many seconds it took me to consider leaving the house like this. Probably 5. Was it hard? I don't believe so. But, does it challenge me and my confidence? You bet! I'm still facing my own fears in this area.
Are many of us afraid to breathe? To let our skin breathe is to let ourselves be. Being afraid to go out with bare faces could be just as ridiculous as holding our breath in public. Like inhaling without the exhale. Like sucking it all in to fit into a too small size pair of jeans. Why? For what? For whom?
Are we just used to covering up? Not only our skin, but our lives? Join the conversation on my Instagram feed. Blogger and true beauty activist Chioma Obii-Obioha of Love'nWords commented,
"As women, we are taught from an early age to use makeup to hide our "flaws". We use makeup to hide our emotional and psychological scars; I guess that's why some people call it "putting on my face."
I'm the grin and bear it type. If I feel it's important to my inner being, I'll find a way to do it, even when it's uncomfortable. But recently, a friend served as inspiration when she came to church makeup-free, fresh-faced and absolutely gorgeous! She looked so happy and full of life! This totally gave me life, a visual that stayed with me the entire week. Plus, in the peripheral vision of my minds' eye was Alicia Keys' post on this very topic and so, a trending theme made it's way first into my line of sight followed by my train of thought. I have these 2 women to thank for bringing it to the surface. Not that it's a new conversation, but it's one that I, and perhaps all of us, need re-enter.... As a minimalist, I'm looking forward to breaking down my beauty routine even further as an "exercise in freedom".