As I was thinking of the first time I realized someone was beautiful, I found myself smiling. She was my kindergarten teacher, who made an incredible impression on a little five year old.
Strikingly tall, (wasn’t everyone back then?), gorgeous full face, impeccably dressed with loveliness and grace pouring from her every move -and kindness in her eyes. I can still see her stylish outfits, impeccably styled hair, classic pumps and most of all, her jewelry. She wore the most colorful and fashionable earrings, necklaces and bracelets, matching each outfit perfectly. I still cannot figure out how she helped us paste and paint, wrote on the chalkboard, played on the playground, and assigned the magic nap time fairy wand, all the while maintaining her poise, confidence and graciousness. I think her loving and kind heart was where her true beauty came from, shown to the world through her grace, framed by her incredible poise, style and fashion.
My second beauty memory was in high school, a time where peer pressure dictates every thought and move. I was in a social group of girls who thought pretty highly of themselves, getting their kicks out of ridiculing anyone who did not meet their standards. Yet, there was another teacher, this one in her late fifties, who “had our number”. She had such a love in her heart for young ladies, with the desire to see us become women of grace and beauty. I was always uncomfortable with how my peers treated her, and stayed on their periphery because deep down I really admired her, and wanted to be as elegant and graceful as she. Her outfits were right out of fashion magazines, her makeup flawless, and her hair so stylish for someone of “her age”. She looked at me often as she taught, as I think she saw a very hungry soul behind my eyes.
It has been a long journey for me to feel comfortable in my body, especially my height. My life has brought experiences, people and times of reflection that have helped me to feel beautiful from the inside out. I know that many of you face the same struggles with your appearance and personal image as I. Deep down you desire to make peace with your past, accept the features you were born with, and begin to exude confidence in who you are for the rest of your life.
My two teachers’ inner beauty, confidence, strength and acceptance of their God-given physical characteristics made a great impression on this young lady who was watching. I wonder who is watching us today and who will be impressed to become all that he/she can be by observing us?
“I’m Looking Fabulous” is my place where I hope to share some of my wonderful findings along life’s journey that have helped me to look and feel more confident. Here, I will introduce you to some very special people who are passionate about making your life’s journey more beautiful, enjoyable and fulfilling!
Welcome to “I’m Looking Fabulous’!