The REAL Me…I am Brave and Beautiful!

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

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{photography by Stephanie Lowe Photography}

One of the most insightful moments I’ve had as a mother came a couple of years ago, when my girls were just four years old. One of them was up on the bathroom counter while I was doing her hair, and she made the comment to me that she didn’t think she was pretty.  That her sister, with her strawberry colored hair that was straight (an important detail to this curly-haired girl), was much prettier than she was, and therefore, she wasn’t quite good as she was. I kind of stood there, momentarily stunned, but frantically scouring my thoughts for just the right thing to say. I couldn’t believe that my darling, adorable, smart, sweet, funny, beautiful four year old girl could possibly think that she wasn’t good enough, based on what she thought she looked like.

It also caused me much introspection, as I pondered…how did I truly see myself? How did I portray that to my kids, especially my girls?  What kind of an example was I?  I knew that they would soak in everything I did and said when it came to how I looked and felt about myself.  I knew I hadn’t been perfect–after having five kids in six years, including two twin pregnancies, I have focused a lot on losing weight, and more on my physical appearance.  That’s not a bad thing–it’s healthy and important to lose weight, but I had to face the very real fact that I did judge myself based on how I looked, even though I consider myself to be a confident person. From that day forward, I made a conscious goal to work on it, and even though I’m not perfect, I’ve come a long way.

Being a mother has made the most impact on me.  My kids don’t care if I wear makeup, or if I’m barefaced. They don’t love me any less if I’m dressed to the hilt in the latest trends, or wearing my comfiest yoga pants and tee shirt covered in paint.  They see the real me–right inside me–right into what counts.  They’ve given me that gift, and I strive to give them the same…the gift of self.  I loved the movie The Help, and every day I tell my kids…You are Kind.  You are Good. You are Important.

So…do I like me?  The REAL me?

I am Brave & Beautiful |

The answer?  YES!  Yes, I do.

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

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21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

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39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

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59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen Bee and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kids Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

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  1. You are beautiful! I loved the video and the idea behind it. I think that we are all more beautiful than we think that we are. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much, Susan!! I agree with you–we are all more beautiful than we think we are. This is a wonderful campaign!!!! xoxo

  2. Love this post so much!! And HELLO gorgeous brown eyes!! You are so pretty! So glad to be part of this amazing campaign! #womenneedwomen #hugstimesfive

  3. Good for you! I think one of the most important things about this project is to take what we’ve been writing about and find ways to apply it in our lives, especially when it comes to teaching our children! Thanks for your post. Love it & I think you are adorable (in both photos) :)

  4. The first thing I see? Your beautiful brown eyes. They POP. Girl. Thanks for sharing – you are stunning.

  5. Thank you so much for posting this. Ive decided to join the movement to and have posted about it as well on my blog. What a neat message to be apart of. Thank you for posting your beautiful picture of the real you.

    1. I’m so glad you’re joining in!! It really is an amazing message, and I’m so glad to be a part of it too!!! xo

  6. Being a mom of girls can be so hard sometimes (and of course so rewarding). I want to do all I can to make sure they love themselves as I much as I love them. I hope I can give them the gift of self as you’re doing with your girls.

    P.S. You’re beautiful.

    1. I feel the same way–I might worry the most about being a mom to my girls, for this very reason. Hopefully by recognizing it in ourselves, we can be better teachers and examples to them. xoxo

  7. growing up my mom was always dieting, focused on her body, weight, looks. and it wasn’t good for me and my sisters, so as a mom myself I try to never say anything negative about myself. of course it still happens, but my hope for my girls is to instill confidence and acceptance of who they are and what they look like, to see their own beauty and appreciate it.

    1. I try and do the same, Ashlee. It’s hard, but I feel so strongly about helping them see and recognize who they are, and loving it! xoxo

  8. you are stunningly beautifl and GREAT features!!! thank you for joining in! I know it was a stretch for you and I hope you have felt the benefits of it! Each story shared reaches someone who needs to hear it. thank you for helping me with something I felt passionate about! xo

    1. Oh, Megan, thank you! It was a rush to get done after my babe got home from the hospital, but I’m glad I could still participate–it was such a great idea!! I’m so glad I could help and be a part of it! xoxo

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