26 Apr 2015

My #BeautyStory: Make the world a beautiful place.

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This is my #BeautyStory

We all have a choice on what we can teach our children. I choose to teach them what my Mom taught me…

When I was little, I remember my Mom getting ready for school (she’s a teacher) and I would tell her she looks beautiful and she would respond, “Beauty is much more than how I look. Beautiful people can make the world a beautiful place.” It was something I didn’t understand until much later. She raised me to be a confident, smart, genuine, woman, that always told me I could do anything and be anything I believed I could be. My inner beauty shines from her as I know that beauty means so much more just how I feel, it’s about how others feel too and what you can do to help others. She raised two beautiful daughters and now I’m raisin three beautiful daughters and can’t wait to share my beauty story with them.

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Having three daughters of my own, I know they watch my every move. What I do to get ready. What I wear. How I treat people. What I say. What I do. They even watch how I feel.

We talked about being beautiful the other day, and what I learned was proof that it’s up to me to teach them what beauty means.

I told my girls they are beautiful. But I ask they if they know what that means. My 5 year old, Shelby said it best.

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Photo Credit: Instagram.com/sam_I_am_stevens.

She excitedly said, “A butterfly!”

I said, “Yes, but why is a butterfly so beautiful?”

“Well, when it’s in it’s shell, it’s not that pretty. But I know it’s pretty. And that’s why you should treat caterpillars like they are the most beautiful animals on the planet. You never know what it’s going to be when it grow up! Butterflies are the nicest and most beautiful creatures on the planet. And the butterfly makes the world a beautiful place too.”

Right there. My five year old had told me the answer. Teach them confidence. Team them to be nice. Teach them to choose to be the beautiful people I know they are. Teach them to take care of themselves and others so the world can be a better place. Others will see the beauty that lies beneath. Once it is unearthed, all the beautiful people will make the world a better place.

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We now have a beauty talk when ever I can evoke a conversation about why that was beautiful. I love the word and love showing my children all the beauty in the world, in themselves and how they can make the world beautiful too. I say exactly what my Mom would say to me, “Beautiful people make the world a beautiful place.” I finally understand what my Mother taught me.

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There is so much I want to pass on to my daughters about being a woman, empowering them to make a difference, choosing to be the beautiful people I know they are. I want to raise happy kids. I know they will make the world a better place.

Being beautiful is a state of mind. And the mind is powerful. Their beauty holds to power. I will teach them to use their powers for good. They are beautiful. I am beautiful and together there is no stopping our beauty.

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I am attending the Mom 2.0 Summit in Scottsdale, AZ and was asked to share my #BeautyStory if desired. I have not been compensated for this post in anyway shape, or form. I do not work for Dove although I do love what they stand for.

Marisa
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Marisa is a Mama to 4 kids and resides in Tampa, Florida with her family. Connect with her on Twitter @TampaMama to learn more about Tampa Bay and things to do with kids, Florida family travel, travel adventures and tips or her secret parenting tips for staying alive while wrangling 4 kids. She has a "official" business background in marketing + PR + events, but now plays daily with social media strategy, brand development and digital media. Days are long. Life is short.
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