Let me start with saying being a girl can be hard sometimes.
Society primarily judges us on our looks and secondly on our intelligence. We are taught we have to shave parts of our body because its the feminine thing to do. We are taught that skinny is beautiful and if you’re bigger you need to be skinny.
Every month we have a period, but society teaches us that it’s not okay to talk about having a period. When I was in junior high and high school you never said you were on your period. You said it was your time of the month, or you were on your rag. Tampons and pads are taxed in some areas of the world, like it’s a luxury item for women. Yet we have no choice in the matter.
Society has taught us we need to look pretty to get anywhere in life and that women need to wear makeup when going out in public. It’s been drilled in the minds of females that some women can’t even leave the house with a bare face.
How fucked up is that? Some women are not comfortable enough in their own skin, because their spots, pimples, red blotches, or freckles are showing.
This leads me to why I am writing this blog post.
I follow a writer by the name of Audrey Roloff. Her mind has always inspired me and I love following her blog posts. In her latest article she wrote about Lent.
Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, or self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations.
During the 46 days of lent people eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit.
I have never been a religious person, but I’ve always been curious about lent. Giving up something for 46 days seems scary, but also really empowering.
I’m a little late on Lent this year but it ends on March 24th, so my plan is to start giving something up TODAY and go until the end of Lent.
Like Audrey, I am going to give up makeup.
I’ve talked about doing this before for a month and now it just seemed like the perfect time. It was like a sign that I should take part when I read her post about giving up makeup.
Makeup is a beautiful thing that I love myself, but I’m excited to see how my life will be for the next give or take 30 days without any on my face. My skin will probably love me at the end of this too!
I hope during this time with my bare face I learn to accept myself for my flaws and love them. I hope people don’t see me differently and I hope the month is an empowering experience for me. On top of giving up something, I want to add something to my life. I plan on writing every day in my miracle journal. Every single day I will write three miracles that happened to me that day.
It doesn’t have to be much, but something that made my day better.
Let the makeup free Molly begin!
Lent comes to reawaken us.