Raw Beauty

We are constantly bombarded with messages saying we aren’t good enough. These messages tell us that we need a specific product to feel beautiful, we need a man to feel confident and as women, we need to sacrifice parts of our lives, be it relationship, health or family, to succeed. But it’s not true. We are enough, we do enough and we can be whatever we want to be while staying true to who we are.

"At RAW, they are the first to agree that a little red lipstick can make the world seem better some days but they also know firsthand that it only brings a temporary and superficial level of happiness and confidence. True confidence comes when we accept and love ourselves in our most basic form. In our rawest state.” 

There is so much more to a person than their looks. We are all beautiful and we all have a gift to offer. Ever since I’ve been more in tune with my inner authentic voice and accepting who I am, flawed and all, I’ve been focusing on more important things in life. I feel more comfortable and confident in my own body than I’ve ever have, and I want to help other girls and women feel the same way. Imagine what a world it’d be if we moved away from superficiality and accepted our individuality. 

Remember, we are enough, we do enough and we are beauti-full!

Inspired by Raw Beauty Talks, I decided to give you a glimpse of who I am with a short Q&A. 

Age: 24

Occupation: jewelry designer, entrepreneur, blogger, foodie, adventure seeker 

Describe yourself in under 100 words :

Genuine, big hearted, introvert, confident, risk taker, adventure seeker, authentic, strong, optimistic, driven

Have you ever felt like you weren’t beautiful?

Ever since I can remember, people would always compliment me on my big smile and my freckles and I would embrace those features. I realized it was something positive people noticed and I just made it a priority to smile often. Smiles are contagious and it can brighten up someone’s day. 

When I was growing up, I would want curlier hair or to be taller, but I never let it get to me. I would think of what I wanted to be one day and forget it the next. 

What things (if any) are you most insecure about?

My laugh lines. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have any lines showing near my eyes when I smile/laugh. 

When do you feel most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful when I feel strong and eat well. Whenever I finish a fitness class, I feel like I’m on top of the world. I make sure I eat well (and indulge once in a while) because there’s not a better feeling then fuelling your body with nutritious food (and a glass of sangria). 

On average how much do you spend each month on cosmetic items such as make-up, hair cuts/colouring, waxing, clothing, nails, tanning, creams etc.?

I spend on average $25. I’m low maintenance and try to limit the amount of make-up I wear. On a regular day, I often only use concealer and mascara. On nights out, I will apply eye liner for a more dramatic eye. But I’ve learned to embrace my natural beauty. 

If you woke up every morning feeling confident, content and proud of your natural appearance (before putting on make-up, doing your hair, getting dressed etc.) how would your world be different?

I don’t think my world would be any different. I’ve learned, no matter what day it is, to tell myself every morning (and more often when things are rough) that I am enough and have everything I need to succeed. I am grateful for what I have and accepted myself as a whole.