Growing up, I thought my nose was too big. I thought my eyes were too close together and I had (and still have) bucked teeth. I was also self conscious of my stalky legs, my big lips, my big feet and my big chest (something I was teased about as a teen).
While I’ve always known that being smart and capable far outweigh being beautiful, I didn’t like that my appearance had this ‘minimizing’ effect on me. I also didn’t like that I allowed myself to be defined by what others thought of me.
I’ve grown a lot. I’m trying things I’ve never done before, I’m pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and in doing so have tried to stop being ashamed of my ‘flaws’. Perceived, superficial and otherwise. I’ve also started caring less and less about what others think. In fact, a younger me would never feel comfortable with someone seeing me (and my ‘flaws’) this. close. and personal.
It only took me 35 years but embracing my flaws and loving myself are some of the smartest and most empowering things I’ve ever done.
And, for the record, having a husband that tells you you’re a babe every day kinda helps too 😍.
What flaws have you learned to embrace? (Originally shared on Instagram)
Photography by Denisse Benitez