April 16, 2013


Beauty is such a strange thing.

There is SO much importance and status placed on it. Yet we all try to act like we don’t care about it all that much. We try and act like it doesn’t define us. But let’s be real… it does, to some extent it does.

I’ve had days where I woke up feeling skinny (I know, ridiculous) and I got dressed wearing something I will only wear when I’m a few pounds lower than normal… then I step on the scale and I’m actually UP a pound. Right in that moment the sinking feeling comes over me and all of the ugly starts oozing out.

I’m fat.

I’m not pretty.

I’m a slob.

I can’t wear this outfit.

My nose just grew 6 inches.

I’m getting wrinkles.

I look older than I am.



and so forth…

The fact is… it’s not true. None of that is true. But it’s dictated by these strange standards we’ve given ourselves. Would a stranger on the street honestly know if we were a week past getting our hair done? If we were 2 or even 7lbs heavier than normal… if we were 2 or even 7lbs LESS? Would they think anything different if they met us? Most likely… no. They would just see US at that moment. So why are we SO blinded that we can’t do the same? Why this insane pressure? Why the stress we put onto our poor bodies. You know, those ones that we need to take care of? Goodness… my obsession with my looks literally does me no good.

So how do we fix it?

We stop believing the lies we tell ourselves daily and we listen to the people around us (who are kind, of course… cause there will always be stinkers out there)…

when your little child looks up at you and says you are beautiful you know what? It’s because you are.

When your husband married you, I’m preeeeeetty sure he thought you were beautiful.

When your mama looked at you for the first time… I would go out on a limb and say that she was overwhelmed with love for the beautiful, tiny pink person that she held in her arms.

I have so so so many clients that tell me that they “aren’t photogenic” or that they hate pictures of themselves. They hate their laugh. They hate their profile. It makes me feel restricted to a point when someone tells me those things… but you know what… I’m going to make you laugh anyway. You know why? Because I’m stinking hilarious. Also because you are GORGEOUS when you laugh. Your profile is beautiful. In fact, I think everything about you is beautiful… especially the love you and your fiance share together. It’s all so beautiful.

I’m sure most of you have seen this video circulating around Facebook.



If you haven’t watched it… please watch it. Be encouraged. Know that you are beautiful. Unique. Special. Lovely. Fun. Amazing. Worth everything.

And because every post is better with a picture, here is one of my little beauty.

You are beautiful and it’s okay to know that. :-)

  1. Kim McKinney

    April 16th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Brooke, you bless me and others in so many ways. You are beautiful!

  2. Elise

    April 17th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    You bless me, too. And made me cry, in a good way <3

  3. PalomaLisa

    April 17th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Yes. Amen. Agreed.
    Love that you are an encourager of beauty. The real kind.

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