Do you feel beautiful today? Are you able to say “I’m beautiful” and really believe it? I’ve often wondered why it feels so effortless to pay someone else a compliment, yet so challenging to compliment ourselves.
Now I can tell you’re beautiful without even seeing you. Know why? Because there is no one else like you in this world! There has never been, and there never will be again.
It’s so important for you to realize that true beauty can’t be defined. There are no rules, guidelines, or boundaries. Beauty has no age, no shape, no weight, no color, no height, and no gender. You, my dear, are beautiful from head to toe because you’re uniquely you!
The Definition of Beauty
Do you ever stop to think about what influences have determined your idea of beauty? Have you questioned who or what in your life has helped to shape how you feel about yourself?
Let’s face it… So much of what we perceive to be beautiful comes from the photoshopped images and the glammed-up celebrities we see daily in every form of media. We’re given these impossible and unrealistic standards that have been put in place to sell us products, clothing, and diets that we think we need in order to feel beautiful.
Now think of the women in your life – your mother, your grandmother, or your best friend. Are they beautiful to you?
Absolutely! But what about them makes them beautiful? Is it their sense of style, their face, their hair? Or is it more than just their looks?
Perhaps it’s their strength. The way they love. How they laugh. Think of the reasons why they’re beautiful to you. Then think of what it is about yourself that makes you beautiful to them. I promise you that whatever comes to mind is true!
The Importance of Positive Self-Talk
“You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care.” – Jessica Ortner
Why is it so much easier to be your own harshest critic than it is to be your own greatest advocate? The truth is that many of us have become so accustomed to negative thoughts in our heads that it becomes increasingly difficult to speak to ourselves with kindness.
If you struggle with self-worth, it can begin to affect your social life, relationships, career, health, and relationship with yourself. This is why it’s so essential to develop a healthy relationship with yourself and your body. As you work towards genuinely loving yourself, you’ll realize that you’ve been beautiful all along.
I know that confidence, self-love, and positive body image don’t just happen overnight. That’s why I want to share some different ways of thinking and practices that many women have found helpful in their body-love journeys.
Practice Positive Affirmations
“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” – Maya Angelou
No matter how many people in your life tell you that you’re beautiful, the voice in your head will always be the loudest. It can be hard to change your own self-talk if it’s negative, but it’s essential to work on this since the voice in your head is the one that you tend to believe the most.
So begin each day with a positive affirmation – like “I am enough.” Remind yourself of all the things that make you feel beautiful inside and out.
Whether you choose to journal these moments of positive self-talk or find it more powerful to say them out loud in the mirror, these repeated words of kindness can help you change the voice in your head to a more positive one.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick
Remember that every woman you admire and compare yourself to has her own insecurities. Someone you think is the very vision of beauty may not see what you see when she looks at herself in the mirror. We each have our own struggles with insecurity, body image, and lack of confidence.
In order to support each other, pay someone a genuine compliment each day. We’re all fighting our own battles, and these little moments of support can make a world of difference in someone’s day! The more genuine kindness that you spread, the better you’ll feel.
Celebrate Your Body
“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony
Find new ways to celebrate your body that empower you to love the skin you’re in. Boudoir sessions are a great way to feel more confident and beautiful.
These sessions are about more than just the photos. They’re an opportunity to see yourself through another’s eyes. They are without any form of judgment but filled with adoration and admiration as you explore your feminine power.
During the session, I like my clients to feel relaxed, pampered & empowered. Boudoir is not about a particular pose, hairstyle, or outfit. It’s about embracing your body and using this intimate form of photography as an empowering form of self-expression.
The end result is always stunning, but what women tell me afterward is why I do what I do. Every woman leaves their session feeling more in love with herself than when she arrived.
Here’s What My Recent Client Had To Say
“Evgenia helped me to reconnect with an energy, an inner beauty and power that I had lost touch with, an unexpected but profound outcome of this experience. Something happened in that room that’s hard to describe, but for the first time in a very long time — I FELT my beauty. I stopped fretting over whether my arm would look skinny or if I was on my “good side” in the photos — suddenly, I understood that being beautiful isn’t about those details. It’s a power, a mood that can be channeled, and it’s within all of us.
Society has been trying to strip this power away from women since the dawn of humankind, but Evgenia and her makeup artist Olga Khizver boldly bring it back to the surface in a tangible way, let you spend a couple of hours with it, get reacquainted with your magic and ferocity so that you can harness it and take back what was ALWAYS YOURS. I know what people see, rather, what people FEEL, when they are in my presence now, and that awareness will never be taken from me ever again.”
– Ms. P.
Ready to Feel Beautiful and Empowered?
Today make a promise to yourself: “I will put forth the effort to love myself each day.” Understand that it will take work, won’t happen overnight, and sometimes will be challenging. But it IS possible. Day by day, through positive affirmations, acts of self-care, or a bold and empowering boudoir session, you can develop love and confidence in yourself.
You don’t just LOOK beautiful, you ARE beautiful. Every single day. You just need to be the one to remind yourself!