Ladies, Look Inside Yourself For Love

Ladies, Look Inside Yourself For Love

Sometimes life can hand you some pretty bad vibes.

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Our lives aren't perfect no matter who you are, regardless of the people you surround yourself with or the wealth and success you possess. Everyone feels down. Everyone feels sadness and disappointment, and that's OK.

Your life is composed of so many moments, opportunities, and chances to be great, AND to become the person you've always dreamed of being. But, so often we feel this burden of 'not being good enough'. But why do we let this simple, inadequate thought dictate our lives? As women, we have enough to deal with, and more often than not, it stems from this lack of self-love. Quite frankly, we don't appreciate ourselves enough for the wonderful women we are today, and that is a shame. So how do we reach into our souls, our broken, love-deprived, souls, and grab the last ounce of faith?

Now, this is the difficult part: it is time to open your heart. Now, look inside. What do you see? A girl who feels sad or lonely, disappointed at the way her life has carried thus far, or maybe even a girl who just needs someone to realize she is good enough, even if she doesn't think so herself. No matter how you feel, it takes the eyes of the one who's broken to look inside. But she'll see so much more than what meets the eye.

She'll see beauty and strength. She will see love and faith. She will see acceptance and importance. She will see intelligence and self-will. What she won't see is the bad. The bad that takes over, the low-self esteem, the longing for love and acceptance, and the sadness she feels because it is all perfect inside of her. God created you as a beacon of light to shine into this dark world. He formed a perfect being, and he did so, for you to love yourself.

Inside you — every single one of you — is love. Love makes our souls ache for adventure, lust, dreams, and experience. We are simply bodies with hearts that need opening, and if you aren't ready to let someone in just yet, do yourself a favor and open your heart to yourself. This heart has been shaped by every single experience (bad or good), and has created this perfect idea of who you are. You do not always have to look for outside acceptance, instead, it's what is inside you that proves you are the woman you have always desired to be.

Our lives are simply days, ticking away. Living this life in the shadow of what could have been, because you won't look inside yourself for this love is foolish.

Go out there and be the woman you have always wanted to be, but wouldn't. This life is so ridiculously short and unpredictable that we never quite know when it will change. This life was meant to be lived through the soul of a person who loves themselves, despite it all.

You have the power to love YOU, for you— just look inside your beautiful heart and see.

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.
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We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,' And So Am I

The latest of the Netflix rom-coms, "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser" spoke to me for reasons other than the relationship.

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When I watched "The Kissing Booth" and "To All The Boys I've Loved Before," I watched them for the sole purpose of enjoying them. I watched "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser" because I wanted a distraction from my reality for a little while. I thought it would be a mindless two hours.

Instead, I found myself really emotional while watching it.

As Sierra struggled to fit in, I found myself remembering how I felt coming into high school and then again while coming into college. I don't really make friends easily, and while I haven't really been bullied since freshman year of high school, Sierra's struggles with being bullied and picked on for how she looks and acts really hit home. Even being far removed from my own experiences, the feelings all came rushing back to me.

Her sole friend at the beginning of the movie is Dan. He accepts her how she is and does the typical best friend things. Yes, he makes jokes at her expense (as many friends do), but he also supports her in all things. She tries out for the boy's track team, and Dan joins her. He doesn't let her wallow in self-pity.

Just as real friends though, he can't do everything. As she loses herself in the middle of the film, Dan distances himself. She doesn't accept his help, and he's hurt by her actions. I'd be lying if I hadn't done that to multiple friends. I didn't have many friends before high school (and even in high school), and I often hurt them without really thinking.

I understand her lack of self-confidence (it's something I still struggle with.) I understand comparing yourself to cheerleaders. I understand looking at myself in the mirror and not seeing what people wanted to see.

It isn't a fun feeling. In the movie, Sierra's feelings push her to attack one of her new friends because she believes that this friend is getting what Sierra wants. While I don't think I've done what Sierra did, I've definitely lashed out when my friends "got" a guy I liked or got a role that I wanted in a musical.

Right near the end, Sierra writes a song called Sunflower. If you haven't heard it, google it. I almost started crying while I listened to it in the movie. I have often felt like a sunflower in a world that wants roses.

This movie isn't perfect. In fact, there is an extremely problematic plotline where she pretends to be deaf to avoid talking to Jamey, her crush. Not cool. But in the grand scheme of rom-coms, this was one of the few where I didn't care what happened between Sierra and Jamey. I cared how Sierra thought about herself. I cared about if she and her friends made up.

I'm still struggling with some of the feelings Sierra struggles with, so I think part of the reason I liked this movie so much is that it ends with her fighting through her problems and trying to find the beauty in being Sierra and not Veronica.

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