I came a little late to the Bloggers Without Makeup party yesterday. I didn’t post a picture of myself makeup-free until quite late in the day. Why the delay? Well, I was home alone all day and the self-portraits I attempted were quite tragic. I also felt like I was coming down with my son’s cold and was hardly feeling at my best, makeup or not.
I am so glad that I did finally take part. As I commented in my Bloggers Without Makeup Day post, the encouragement and affirmation being shared by bloggers and tweeps yesterday was amazing. So many women took the time to visit the blogs of those who took part and leave encouraging comments. Score one for positive power of the internet.
Beyond the love shared in the #BloggersWithoutMakeup tweet-fest, for me the highlight was reading the stories of women who had struggled with themselves to actually take a cosmetics-free photo. So many women bravely overcame self-consciousness and long-term habits of covering up real and imagined blemishes and flaws to step up and stand tall.
I regularly found myself getting teary as I read how women agonised over showing themselves without the protective veil of make-up. The most touching posts were those by mothers who overcame their fear so that they could live the messages that they were speaking into the lives of their children – messages that promoted a strong sense of self-worth, confidence, and an ability to value themselves for who they are and as they are.
I have been reading tweets about Jessica Watson sailing into Sydney Harbour today after seven months at sea. This intrepid teen has taken on a daunting challenge and demonstrated that courage and determination can triumph over adversity.
In my mind, many of the women who ‘bared all’ for Bloggers Without Makeup Day have been just as courageous and determined, bravely overcoming their insecurities to support a worthwhile project and, as a result, support numerous other women who also struggled to share images of themselves as they really are.
To Jodie Ansted, the initiator of Bloggers Without Makeup Day, I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks. The past 36 hours has helped me to understand that I am part of a community of awesome women. I have found myself humbled, inspired, encouraged and blessed by the things I have read and I have met so many amazingly beautiful women.
If you haven’t already joined the Bloggers Without Makeup bandwagon, it’s not too late. Visit Jodie at Mummy Mayhem to include a link to your blog post when you’re done.
- Bloggers Without Makeup Day 2010 article at Suite101
- Jodie Ansted’s BWM Day 2010 Thanks post at Mummy Mayhem
- Carol Duncan interviewing Jodie Anstead on ABC (radio) 1233 Newcastle