Real Beauty Sketches by Dove Real Beauty Campaign

I first found this a few years ago and it still brings me to tears when I watch it.  How would you describe yourself?

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Why Women Rock

This post tells the story of 12 women helping a friend who was in constant pain by doing a selfless act of service that she could not do for herself.

“I love women. There is a universal bond between us that has it’s own language. We all package it differently, but deep down we understand that a great haircut or a few pieces of sea salted dark chocolate really can make us feel better, even if just temporarily.”

Click on the link below to read the rest of the story.

http://www.thehouseofhendrix.com/2015/04/01/why-women-rock/

Beauty Tips- An Introduction to Two Helping Hands

Beauty Tips
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives and the passion that she shows.

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

-Sam Levenson

(Interesting Side Note- The above poem is often mistakenly attributed to Audrey Hepburn, but it was actual written by American Humorist, Sam Levenson.  He wrote the beauty tip portion to his daughter when she started dating and it appears to me that he wrote the rest of it to his first granddaughter when she was born and over time it was combined into one poem.  Audrey Hepburn loved it and quoted it many times.  In fact, she quoted it so much that when her son wrote a memoir for her in 2005, it was included in the printing.  As a result, many people believe that she penned it.)

The italicized portion in the above poem was the inspiration for the title of this blog.  He was obviously talking about helping ourselves and others in general, but for the purpose of this collection I use it more specifically in reference to women loving and accepting themselves and each other.

I am not in the season of life right now to take the time to consistently write extensive thoughts on the subject, but I feel a real pull towards doing even a little to empower women.  I will, therefore use this place to collect stories and videos that encourage women to love themselves and each other.  I will try to write at least a small introduction, and may even at times write some thoughts, but this is mostly a little box for me to compile a selection of feel-good things primarily for myself and for others to benefit from as well. (And if any of you know me and notice that I’m failing at this, please be patient with me… I am striving to make this my reality and these things are more of a reminder for me than anyone else.)

I want it to be a refuge.  A place for women to come to feel good about themselves and also where they could be encouraged to lift other women.  A place for them to learn that they actually are raised higher when they lift each other higher.  I personally believe that this is made more possible the closer that we come to God and by strengthening our relationship with Him, but I hope for this to be a place that encompasses people of all beliefs.

This my way of diffusing the mommy wars, the beauty wars, the weight wars, the gossip, the mean girls, the competition.

Come in and feel free.