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Simply Myself

7 Tips For Timeless Beauty And Elegance

May 17, 2013

There are some things in life that never get old.

These are seven beauty tips that I’ve encountered time and time again. They’re classic. And when practiced, they can only lend more beauty and add depth to our lives.

Here they are, in my own words. And in no particular order of importance.

1. Be In Love

With life! With what you do. The moment. Your breath. The sun. And all the free and simple pleasures of life. This kind of love is infectious and when you exude with this kind of love, you become a radiant and irresistible source of energy for others.

2. Be Genuine 

Only say or do things if you really mean it. Smile from the heart. Ask questions if you are sincerely interested in finding out the answers. Act in a way that comes naturally to you. And be open about your vulnerabilities.

3. Above All, Kindness.

It doesn’t have to be as cheesy as it sounds. Sometimes, a small act of kindness can mean so much to others. Even just the simple act of listening shows that you care. Be kind to others. And above all, be kind to yourself.

4. Cultivate Good Health 

Beauty comes from energy and vitality. Nourish your body with fresh, clean and simple foods. Keep your bones and muscles strong by constantly moving and enjoying the outdoors. Sleep well to feel rested and rejuvenated when greeting a new day.

5. Laugh. A Lot.

In the grand scheme of the universe, nothing is all that serious. Don’t be afraid to get silly! They say people who laugh the most laugh the last. There is a real connection between laughter and longevity.

6. Cherish the Imperfect

A crooked smile. Freckles. A scar that tells a story. Imperfect things make life more interesting.

7. Simplicity 

Simplicity is the foundation of elegance. It is the understated. The harmonious. It can apply to the way we dress, what we eat, our everyday activities and what we choose to dedicate our thoughts and energy to. Simplicity is beautiful because it allows us to focus on what truly matters.

Have a happy weekend, my loves!

Normally, I would hide photos like this from the world… (it looks like the sun is bursting out of my nose! haha) 

Simply Myself

“Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Beauty from Within

Cultivating Beauty from Within

July 29, 2012

Everyone has an idea of what beauty may be.

If, for example, we were to play a little game where people jot down the first thing that comes to mind immediately after I say the word ‘Beauty’, it would be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.

We would probably notice that most people have a different thing or person written down. Perhaps the names of flowers, or celebrities or perhaps even more abstract things such as music and love.

But how many people would have the word ‘Me’ instinctively associated with the word ‘Beauty’?

My guess is very few. Or none at all.

My aim is not to encourage narcism in people. In fact, narcism is quite contrary to this idea of healthy self-love which we have every right to exercise.

This type of beauty I’m talking about starts from within, and extends and radiates outwards.

When we are able to recognize beauty first in ourselves, then we are able to truly appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Beauty from Within

(Photo by Tatiana Kurnosova Photography http://tatianakurnosova.com/ – Used With Permission)

So how do we begin to cultivate beauty from within? We can start by practicing these three habits:

1) Stop comparing.

If you are looking at something or someone and you start to feel yourself making comparisons, STOP IT.

What is the point of making comparisons? Ok, so you feel some smug satisfaction when you see that you are skinnier, more muscular, more hipster than someone else. But that judgmental smugness is in itself quite ugly. And very quickly replaced with green envy when you see someone who is skinnier/buffer/cooler than you.

Comparisons are mental, they make people sick. So stop making comparisons and stop being sick.

2) Believe that you are beautiful. As you are.

Magazines, tv and all other forms of media are NOT the authority of what is beautiful. They foster very rigid and impossible standards of beauty.

A lot of the faces and bodies that we see in magazines and publicities today have been photoshopped and if you compare yourself to these artificial images you are going to feel very crappy about yourself indeed.

Peacefully dismiss the idea that there is a perfect image of beauty to be sought.

True beauty is not limited to physical appearance. In fact, physical appearance plays a very minor role as to what constitutes true beauty.

There is so much to beauty than looks.

Beauty encompasses nobility of character, kindness, compassion, a confident attitude, originality, all your quirky little imperfections and so much more.

3) Gratitude.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus instead on everything that you do have. And be thankful for them!

Instead of focusing on how flabby your arms are, be thankful you have arms to hug your loved ones with.

Instead of focusing on how big or small your nose may be, be thankful you have a nose to smell the delicious smell of the coffee and cake that you’re having.

Be thankful for a mouth to smile with, and eyes with which to see the sun rise, and ears to hear the sound of waves.

Every day, life presents us with so many moments of beauty. And gratitude is the key that leaves us open to all the beauty and joys that life has to offer.

These habits are not developed overnight. They require time, consistency and above all, lots of patience.

Although they may sound “hippy dippy,” they do work and practicing them is essential if we are to experience true beauty in our lives.
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