July 10, 2013
What I Love About Me ~ Savannah from Maidae
This summer, I'm hosting an ongoing weekly series called "What I Love About Me," where I ask a variety of women bloggers what they love most about themselves! This was a project I started last summer, and I'm happy to bring it back.
In our culture, it can be hard for women to think and talk positively about ourselves. TV, movies, commercials, magazines, and even blogs constantly prodding us with messages about how we are supposed to look, act, and feel as women. It's easy to be susceptible to these messages, and it's not uncommon for many to find themselves on a constant quest to be "good enough" in society's eyes. On top of that, those who are confident and vocal about their good qualities are often thought of as arrogant, conceited, and sometimes others even feel the need to "take them down a notch."
With this series, I want to promote women realizing and celebrating the amazing aspects of themselves, without fear or shame.
Read on about this week's amazing woman, Savannah from Maidae.
Hello friends! Savannah here from Maiedae. Today I want to tell you a story about how I grew to love my skin. In high-school, it was normal to have blonde hair and be tan. This was a very popular look growing up and I was no exception to wanting to fit into that "look". My hair was already naturally lighter, so I dyed it blonde and spent an hour several days a week straightening it. Now when it came to my skin, I've always been very fair. It seemed like everyone else in my family tanned, but my pale skin really stood out. I tried a lot of things to get the tan look: self tanners, tanning beds (only a few times) and spray tanning. My light skin could barely handle the lightest shade and in the end I looked exactly like the orange tone of an oompa loompa. Not cute! I remember my mom and I trying to scrub my elbows and knees down to make it look a little better, but I was stuck in my orange state for a week.
Fast forward to after college and shortly after marrying my husband. I went to the dermatologist for the first time in my life. And they found several concerning spots on me that were immediately removed. A couple weeks later we got a call from the doctor saying they found some very concerning cells and that I needed to come back in to get more of my skin removed. My husband and I were scared and it made me nervous to think that I hardly sunned myself growing up but still had a scare with skin cancer. That moment about three years ago completely changed the way I thought about my skin. I started being more careful of the sun, wearing SPF on a regular basis AND learned to truly embrace my skin color. I always thought about it being an "Imperfect" part of me and now I think of it as being a very special part of me. I was created with this skin and I needed to learn how to be comfortable in it.
It's funny how the things we dislike most about ourselves growing up can become something we truly love about ourselves as adults. I've loved learning how to wear make-up for my tone, dress myself to complement my tone AND know that I'm taking good care of it in hopes of it staying beautiful throughout my life.
Three cheers for being "comfortable in your own skin". :)
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