“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile, I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” – Marilyn Monroe.
I truly believe that how we look on the outside does not accurately reflect who we are on the inside. We all have a voice that is longing to be heard. We all have a deeply embedded desire to find health, wealth, & happiness. We are all busy striving for success; our schedules revolve around our goals and our self-esteem fluctuates based on our accomplishments. We live in a photo-shopped world that tells us we need it all and can have it all; with enough money, with enough sex appeal, with enough overtime at the workplace, with enough education, with enough individuality – if you have enough you will be enough. I believe that this mentality is toxic. We put ourselves and others under such tremendous pressure to achieve perfection, but perfection is unattainable. As a person who has struggled with anxiety and depression from an early age, I decided to begin sharing my journey with others; in the hopes that it would be an inspiration and a comfort to others who may be struggling with similar challenges.
We are all busy wishing for the world, but the world we live in, is one that we define ourselves. We decide what paths lead to happiness and what happiness is. We can choose to live in the kind of world where air-brushed alterations and corrections mold us into just another model of the same brand, or we can choose to live in the kind of world where an honest and genuine life is valued. I have chosen to change my world-view.
This is the world I wish for: – a constantly growing and maturing faith, – a passionate and intentionally loving marriage, – meaningful relationships with family & friends, – giving this world my best contribution to its future by being a nurturing mother & positive role model, – being a light in the lives of others through optimism and kindness, – a minimalistic lifestyle that focuses on what is needed and necessary, rather than what is promoted or expected, – beauty that is natural, glowing, and radiates from steeled confidence within, – a healthy lifestyle that will take care of my body in the present and for the future, – to live with vigor and without shame, with wonder and without disdain, with love and without prejudice.
From the eyes of a 20-something, small-town girl; read on for thoughts on life & death & all that’s inbetween. This is my journey.
Thank-you for reading,