The sad thing about life is that people will "judge you" no matter what. Even if they don't mean to. This is the reason why we shouldn't care what anyone thinks about us, we shouldn't try to be someone we're not to meet other people's unrealistic expectations of us. Be who you are, because people will judge you anyway. Know that you're amazing and there is power in the words that you speak about yourself and others.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." -Proverbs 18:21

If you speak negative things about yourself, you are bound to believe those lies. If you openly speak negatively about yourself, those people will believe it as well. Be confident in who you are, and I know that's cheesy to say because everyone says it. But this is so important. You know that saying "fake it 'til you make it"? That's literally how you break the lie of the enemy that you're not worth it. Let me explain, if you're stuck believing that you're not good enough because you've said it so much to yourself, start walking around like you ARE worth looking at. Speak like your voice IS worth listening to. Act like what you're doing IS important. And then it WILL be. In your mind, you are worth it, and everyone around you will see that you are.

It's important to realize that without God we are nothing. He knitted us together in our mother's womb. We are handmade by Him. If we act like we aren't good enough, that's insulting our creator. My pastor once compared this situation to an artist. Imagine walking up to a painting and telling the person standing next to you that the art wasn't good enough and it was terrible and it shouldn't exist, then you find out that the person you've been complaining to is the artist. You have insulted not the painting, but the artist. This is exactly the situation between us and God.

Makeup is obviously something I love. It is an art and I do not put it on because I hate the way I look. You can literally just do what you want. Makeup is an art and it can also boost confidence in you. It's just a fact.

I want to talk about confidence. Although makeup brings out the confidence in you, it should definitely not be your only access to self-worth.

"Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." -1 Peter 3:3-4

Some people might think it is complete idiocy when girls say "I'm not wearing makeup for anyone but myself," But it's completely right to say that. Makeup makes you feel more confident, it's not a face you put on everyday to try to be someone you're not. Getting all dolled-up is fun. It's nice to get complements too, lets be honest. One of the best feelings is giving and getting complements. But don't let that be your only way to having a happy life.

I encourage you to go a day, a week, or a month without makeup. Let your natural beauty shine. Or, if you're a guy reading this, go without your super expensive kicks, or accessories. Who cares what anyone thinks?

How would this affect your confidence? This is a great test to find out where you have placed the foundation to your confidence.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this little spiel. I just felt like this was something I needed to speak up about, hope you enjoyed and got something out of this! Thanks for reading.

// kenzie

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