Yay! A lovely way to end the week — with a guest blog just published on my lovely friend Shirley Maya’s fearless, fantastic blog. Am stoked and honoured to have been invited to guest blog for Shirley Maya. (Thank you, Shirley!) Since I’ve started this blog, a few months ago, I’ve been looking to her blog for much inspiration and drive to keep me going. Her discipline and commitment to writing and maintaining her blog is incredible, and gives me much to look up to! So it’s quite something to be a featured guest on her blog when I’ve been so erratic and lazy about my own blogging.
Here it is, just a little — click on to Shirley’s blog to see the rest of the post!
The Fearless Beauty
Shirley’s fantastic message of ‘fearless living’ resonates especially deeply with me. Of late, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about how so many of us go about our lives largely through a lens of fear. So many of our decisions — from the most profound ones about our careers, relationships and self-truths, to the most frivolous ones about what we eat, how we look and what we buy — are often fueled or hindered by fear, whether we know it or not.
I write mostly about issues to do with beauty over at my own blog The Effortless Beauty and as I was thinking about what to write for this guest-blog post, I realised that a lot of our ideas about beauty, our body-confidence and our feelings around our appearance are heavily defined by fear too.
We’re afraid of looking too fat, too thin, too short, too dark, too pale, too-anything. We’re afraid of what people will think of our outfits, our new hairstyle, our post-baby weight gain. We’re afraid that we don’t quite fit a beauty ideal (whatever that might be in our personal and social worlds)….