Welcome to this Friday’s dose of Powerful Beauty! Today features LiAnn who is a self-admitted and proud geek, runs a web hosting business, does freelance technical writing, builds RPG worlds (that’s Role Playing Games to those who don’t know), and organizes things (A lot.). LiAnn also runs her own blog called SparkleCrack Central where she discusses mineral makeup and creates nifty makeup looks! And like many of us, LiAnn is a makeup junkie… she’s pledged to use all of her eye shadows at least once in the coming year… and she’s got over 900 of them.
How to define Powerful Beauty? How to achieve it? Maybe a better question would be “how to realize that you already have it.” Your own power is your beauty, and your positive use of that power just keeps making you more beautiful. It can be so easy to take to heart the message that you’ll never be beautiful unless you look like X, or own Y, or can do Z. But all of those are external messages, tied to external values. Your beauty lies in how you interact positively with others. Your power lies in giving them the confidence and strength to do the same.
Teaching, learning, building, and helping are the greatest forms of powerful beauty – and unlike jewelry or clothing or mineral makeup, no one can take those tools away from you. Though they can sit idle, you can’t lose them. Though others may try to claim the rewards of your efforts, the tools can’t be stolen from you. Though companies and corporations may try to convince you that they’re worthless and that the goods and services they offer are what you really need, your forms of powerful beauty can’t be devalued. Realize what you have, and share it with others. You’ll find that the more you share, the more beautiful you feel – and what you claim in your heart, the rest of the world will eventually notice.
Physical goods are quite nice. Some – like warm clothing in cold weather – are almost as essential as oxygen. (And don’t get me started on the wonders of a bar of good-quality dark chocolate.) But even though it’s so easy to slide into the “I am what I own” mode of thinking, you are not the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. You are not the things in your apartment, your garage, or your home. You are the things you know, you are the things you do, and you are the ways you act. Know your own power, realize your own beauty, and help others realize their value and worth.
Audrey Hepburn was a widely-admired and recognized icon of beauty, both internal and external. She is quoted as saying some truly wonderful things that can help everyone recognize and realize their own powerful beauty:
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, And redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”
So go out and teach. Learn. Share. Build. Help. You’ll feel powerful, and you’ll be beautiful.
What do you think of LiAnn’s message? I think it’s one that we all should be reminded of. So many things wear us down weekly, monthly and even daily in our lives. LiAnn reminds us to sit back and enjoy the aspects of life that really make us happy. And no matter how many times I’ve read those quotes by Hepburn, they always remind me of the person I strive to be.
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