Have you ever judged yourself by a photo? I know I have. In fact, a bad photo used to send me spiraling. 😭 I hated what I saw and when people told me that they didn't think the photo was "that bad," I would feel even worse, feeling shame over how I thought others saw me. 🙇🏼♀️⠀ .⠀ ⠀ Recently in looking back at old social media photos I found photo that horrified me. My husband loved the picture, and I couldn't even look at it without going down a shame-spiral. 🤷🏼♀️⠀ .⠀ And then I realized that I was giving power over my worth to a 2D image, and one from a decade ago, with bad lighting, a bad angle, and to be honest, (and not self-critical), a bad hair-day. 🙅🏼♀️⠀ .⠀ ⠀ I am coming to peace with all photos. 📸 I'll post the good ones, and I'll discard the bad ones. I won't fret when sometimes there are more bad than good, because I will remember that what the people who love me see, and what God always sees, is even better than what the best good photo can capture. 👉🏻 Nothing compares to real life us, and no photo can capture the essence of our inner beauty or that of our outer beauty in motion. ❤️ And, as I continue in this image acceptance, I will pray that God will continue to help me see myself with His eyes, with kind eyes, and I hope that you do too. 🙏🏻 What are you going to choose to love the most about the photos you take of yourself? How are you going to see yourself, good photos and bad, with more kind eyes?
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She is not the girl that she used to be, nor the woman she thought she’d grow up to become. - She was something different entirely. - Certainly not as together as she had expected, but somehow more complete than she could ever have imagined. - She was softer from all the storms and not nearly as reckless with her heart and, finally, she was completely unapologetic in all her tarnished glory. -Becca Lee