You are beautiful if you are brave enough to believe it

Reading the comments section of a youtube music video really stopped me in my tracks this morning. Someone’s carefree comment of greeting all the beautiful readers spurred an onslaught of responses from people claiming they are ugly and awkward and everything opposite of beautiful. It really caught me off guard and left me wondering how many of us are walking around believing the worst about ourselves?

Our beliefs are intangible, yet they have the ability to wreak so much havoc or bring so much joy to our lives without us doing anything more than simply believing it to be true.

One of the lessons I had to learn in the most brutal way was that my emotions and everything I think about myself are master manipulators. It’s as if they take on a life of their own and start telling you things about yourself that are not true at all. One day I decided to revolt and start acting in a way that was completely opposite to what I actually believed about myself and what my circumstances were reinforcing to be true. I would consistently talk to God about this as well and ask Him to help me reinforce positive beliefs and self awareness. One thing that I did not count on is the sheer amount of bravery that would be required to consistently wake up and choose to believe the best about myself in the face of overwhelming odds.

Social media, Instagram models, and our own doubts (to name a few) are giants that have the ability to morph into monstrous proportions if we give them the slightest ability. (I wasn’t able to keep any social media accounts for the longest time due to this.) Let’s agree on one thing, if we must agree on anything at all, and it is this—the world is just waiting to pounce on you and tell you that you are not good enough, do not meet anyones standards of beauty, are not interesting enough to merit anyones attention, and are generally a failure. But there exists a small truth that, if given the opportunity, will change your life forever. You don’t have to agree with the world’s definition of you.

I recently started noticing a difference in the way people have been approaching me, and it has caused me to stop and take note. It revealed a dynamic about ourselves that we too often forget:

We are mirrors.

And people will always mirror our own beliefs back to us without even realizing they are doing it.

If you truly allow yourself to believe that you are beautiful, people will notice your beauty and treat you accordingly. If you respect yourself, people will treat you with respect. If you are kind to yourself, your kindness will overflow to other people and they will in turn react kindly to you.

So ask yourself—are you brave enough to take a stand about what you believe?


Author: ebonyandcrows

Hello and welcome to my page~ My name is Larisa--a very common Slavic name that was either derived from the Latin word hilaris, meaning "cheerful," or from the Greek city of Larissa, meaning "strong fortress." Born in Ukraine, I emigrated with my family to America when I was still a small child and now make my home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Growing up immersed in two vastly differing cultures led me to have a burning curiosity about people all over the world. Stemming from said curiosity, I have fallen in love with traveling to other countries, meeting new people and delving into their culture, exploring new cities, and of course, dining on the local cuisine! If I cannot escape into a different country, then my next favorite method of adventure is to lose myself in a spectacular book. I enjoy books of all genres--from fiction and novels, to biographies and ethnographies. As long as it captures my fancy and holds me spellbound the entire time, I will burn through the book like a forest fire! Because of this penchant for reading and travel, coupled with my love of deep and mysterious things, I have been often called a dreamer and I find the title suits me. With that being said, I invite you to stay a while, perhaps make yourself a cup of tea and linger through my posts and feel free to comment or share a thought :-)

22 thoughts on “You are beautiful if you are brave enough to believe it”

    1. I’m so happy it was able to shine a little light for you! And yes, the constant hashtags and trends are impossible to keep up with. So I just stopped doing it altogether and revolted against that new “norm.”

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  1. Ohhhhh I have met my beautiful soul sister! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕 Such an honor to have discovered your lovely blog! SO INSPIRATIONAL!!!!! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕 Hope you could kindly email me :
    ……. or may I know you email?
    Would love to send you a special message ….

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  2. Loved the post. In my entrance way, which is one of 3 altars in my home, I have a sign: “I AM ENOUGH.” When I leave my house, I pause, look at the sign, affirm myself, and go into the waiting world. You are what you believe!

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  3. I’ve come back to read this post several times. It draws me in and touches on something fundamental. You make me think of a middle school student on the bus I drive, who falls into that trap. She’s a good kid and your words help me to understand the dynamics and may help me to help her gain confidence in herself. Thank you.

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    1. Oh my goodness, this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this with me! I certainly hope you can speak a little life into her, and please feel free to borrow my words whenever!


  4. Thanks Larisa! These words were very inspiring….and easy to implement as well. We need only believe in ourselves. I loved one comment about someone who had posted near their front door so that they would see it upon leaving or coming home a valued comment of ‘I am Enough’. I have one that says, ‘ What you focus on…amplifies….’ so, if I focus on love, more comes my way; and if peace is my goal, then calmness flows. The opposite is also true which means if I focus on limits or lack…then this is what comes my way…..After this sign…is another that says, ‘ Anything is possible….’ I loved your post, and I am so grateful that you visited my site and liked it as well…thank you! Sending you some Blessings and Angel hugs, Barbara from Sydney xxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara! I enjoyed reading your response to this post. Thank you for dropping by and leaving some sunshine for me on this lovely Sunday morning. Sending you hugs as well 💗


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