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Changing our definition on beauty

Beauty, we are told, is in the eye of the beholder. As women, we continually seek approval and feel judged by how we look, regardless of what else we may accomplish. Ultimately, we must all come to terms with the fact that beauty is subjective. In an age of fillers and plastics, the pursuit of beauty is being forced into a one-dimensional mold of measurements, cup sizes and wrinkle depth.

The truth is that beauty cannot be measured. It is multidimensional. We are bombarded with images of women that were once truly beautiful, but now are caricatures of their former selves in their attempt to conform to current standards.

Diversity

Integrative beauty attempts to redefine our definition and expectation of beauty. Beauty is actually wellness, vibrancy and vitality. It comes from within and may be that light, intellect or humor that then change how one perceives every other physical attribute.

As women continue to be trivialized and plasticized into standard dimensions, I would like women to embrace and take charge in turning our definition of beauty upside down – beauty is wellness, vibrancy and accomplishment. Here are 5 steps to embracing Integrative Beauty.

BEAUTY IS SELF ESTEEM

There is no beauty without self esteem. Women become victims and targets when their internal dialogue does not match their appearance. Self esteem should be taught, practiced and enforced. Self esteem, comes from accomplishments and education- not the newest make up line or beauty treatment. Find what you are good at and do it- you will find yourself beautiful and others will agree.

Action Steps:

1. Get out of your comfort zone.

Try 1 new activity every 2-3 weeks.

2. Journal.

Decluttering your brain can help you find the steps to pursue a hobby or career that you love.

3. Surround yourself with cheerleaders.

Positive people will support your aspirations wisely.