Sorry for the hiatus. It's only March and I've already broken my promise. BUT I PROMISE (lol) it was for a good cause. I've had a hectic couple of weeks with preparing for the blog conference in Utah and my very first photoshoot. These great photos were taken by one of my new friends, Ani. She is one of the lovely ladies that I met at the Build Your Blog Conference. (I will tell you more about that later on in the week! It was so much fun.)
Looking at the photos, you probably can't tell how weird and awkward I was acting. Orrrrrr maybe you can. Story of my life. I am weird and awkward at times. But that's me. I am not always comfortable in front of the camera. "Take another picture, my nose looks funny!" "My smile is crooked!" "I look so pale and gross!" "Delete that, I look crazy." WE ARE OUR OWN WORST CRITIC.
That bump? I get that from my mothers side. The "Quintana"nose. It's beautiful. Why? Because when I look in the mirror, I see my mother and all the other strong women who helped raise me (you know who you are). They are apart of me and that makes me proud. That crooked smile? I get that from my Abuela Lucy and when I look at pictures of myself, I see her. That makes me so happy. If I could be half of the women my grandmother is, I've accomplished something in life. So for now, I will settle for that so-called crooked smile. My "pale" complexion? I can thank my mother for that. And I embrace it because I am her very breath and she is mine. She also taught me it's nothing a little bronzer can't solve and I am eternally grateful because bronzer saves my life! (Dramatic, much?) My personality is something else I get from my mom. I've heard the words "you're too nice" maybe my whole life. I used to think I had to change that but that is me. Sometimes I am too nice. But being nice makes ME happy. Some people see it as a character flaw, I see it as an amazing (and rare) attribute! Glass half full, people!
The point of me saying all of this is: You get enough pressure from society. Cut yourself some slack and embrace your God given beauty, inside and out. At the end of the day, that is what matters. Those things that at times I see as flaws, all define me. The older I get the more I learn to embrace it. So YOU may see a pretty face, but just remember, we all have insecurities that we need to learn to embrace. That's what I'm here for. To help you learn to embrace the good, the bad, and (what you may think) is the ugly. To help you feel confident from the inside out! Because you (yeah, you!) are beautiful.
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Also, please, watch this video and share! It really is important to start looking at ourselves in a better light.