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May 15

Celebrating Brave Beautiful Bloggers

Blogging without MakeupI 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.

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  1. Hear Mum Roar

    You look so lovely:)
    .-= Hear Mum Roar´s last blog ..I’m joining the nuddy bloggers!!! =-.

    1. Susan

      Thank you. I don’t have many photos with my kids (I’m usually the one behind the camera), so I’m pleased that Bloggers Without Makeup inspired me to take this one.

  2. Louise

    Not sure I have commented on your blog before, but I’ve “had” you on my reader for a while. Reading this post I know that I need to come back for more.

    Have a great weekend 🙂
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..With Reverent Hands – check my post at Booklust =-.

    1. Susan

      Hi Louise,

      I’m glad you stopped by. I love visitors. 🙂

      I’ve been very slack with my blog posts recently, but I’m feeling all inspired after this weekend and hopefully I’ll be posting regularly now so that you’ll have something new to see when you call in.

  3. Jessica - One Shiny Star

    Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet comment. I’m glad that this was so therapeutic for you. It’s nice to have those moments! My problem isn’t my face, but the rest of my body – and sorry, I can’t bear all of that! lol.
    .-= Jessica – One Shiny Star´s last blog ..Blogger With Out Make-up =-.

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