There are many things I’d happily label myself: smart, funny, caring … but for some reason, beautiful never makes the cut. And you know what? It doesn’t matter how many times my husband, a loved one or a random stranger tells me. I have to feel it to believe it. The problem with that, however, is I’m not happy with where I am physically. I’m overweight (puffy, as I like to call myself) and unfit. As a result, it takes a lot for me to feel beautiful. Then one day, while watching a L’Oreal commercial (of all things), it hit me. I thought of all the times I’ve actually felt beautiful. And it came down to this: I feel beautiful when I’ve given myself the attention and adoration I’m longing for. For example, I feel beautiful when:
- I take time out for myself to relax and rejuvenate. Whether it’s a warm bath and a book, hanging out with close friends or snuggling up to the hubby to watch a film … I’ve done something to make myself feel valuable to me and others.
- I travel. The world has a unique way of showing you just how amazing it is to be the only you on the planet.
- I live a healthy lifestyle. Every time I make a choice to look after myself, whether it’s saying no to an extra slice of pizza, or waking up early to fit exercise into my day … there is something to be said for the feeling you get when you know you’re doing something to better your life.
Suban Nur Cooley
Suban Nur Cooley is a young communications professional and writer in the Greater Lansing region, who currently works for Capital Gains and the Refugee Development Center. She is also a proud Australian expatriate and Lansing homeowner.