You Were Meant to Shine

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If you have ever found yourself excelling at something, only to then find that other people become afraid or jealous, let this be an encouragement to you — keep doing that thing! Not in spite of those that are reacting negatively, but only because anytime we are up to something good, it is natural that we will face adversity.

A light does what it is best at doing – it chases away darkness and brightens up its surroundings. No one turns on a light just to then cover it up or smother it. The same is true of the lights that shine from our lives – do not smother it and do not cover it up. You cannot let unhealthy people stop you from being the beautiful you that you were meant to be. You cannot let their incorrect perspective keep your life from shining.

A healthy person will see your light shining and be encouraged to allow their lives to do the same. Through trendy trade clothing swap events, we are in the business of positive life transformation just as much as we are in the business of swapping clothes. Your life is meant to have an extraordinary impact on the lives of people all around you. You are meant to shine and be an inspirational example for others. Keep shining.


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A Definition of True Beauty

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Every woman needs moments where she feels truly beautiful – and not because of what can be seen, but because of what is not so easily seen, except for when it shines through you and out of you and spills over into the world around you to be seen. No matter who you are or what you have been through, you absolutely deserve to feel cherished and treasured.

A scar here, an injury there – life has a way of chipping at us and slowly breaking us apart, if we allow it. If we start out, perfectly sculpted, over time, we can be worn down. As we grow older and find the outward beauty isn’t as easily achieved for us as it once was, we can encounter a crisis of sorts and we strive to hold on to what is fleeting.

Try on this traditional definition of beauty (from,) for size: “the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).”

Wouldn’t you be intensely pleased if you saw a woman completing living into who she was meant to be? Wouldn’t that give you the inspiration you need to do the same?

The confusion comes because our culture would have us believe that the opposite is true. With the amount of airbrushed magazine covers, beauty cream commercials and multitudes of hair color we can choose from, how are we to believe that beauty doesn’t actually work on us from the outside and move inward? Do I need to look beautiful before I feel beautiful?

Let’s shift our focus and our definition of beauty to that which stays: our inner beauty. Unlike outer beauty, it doesn’t get harder to achieve over the years, it evolves. All those scars, injuries, bumps and bruises – when they heal properly – are a testament to the life we’ve lived and the experiences we’ve had. They hold memories, some good and some bad, but all that are used to develop us into a beautiful being.

If you have been to one of our trendy trade clothing swap events, whether you know it or not, you were noticed for your true, inner beauty. I saw you and absolutely adore you and have seen something in you that tells me you are beautiful. I believe it is when our inner beauty shines through us and out of us that we achieve true beauty.

Be who you were meant to be, from the inside out. That is where you will find your true beauty, when you are living from that place that was only ever meant for you.


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