Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

I have struggled with my confidence, both physically & internally, for as long as I can remember.

As my readers know, when I was a little girl in elementary school, I was teased because my lips are big. I would be called names & made fun of & cry. The only person who took up for me was my first grade teacher–she told my peers that people paid to get lips like mine, that my lips were sexy, & that they needed to stop talking about me. Because I didn’t feel pretty, I was awkward & self-conscious. Then, over time, the teasing became focused on my weight. I have always been “skinny”, but people never seem to be able to accept that. I’ve been asked if I’m hungry, if I even eat, people offer me food, etc. I’ve even been told that if I turn sideways, I will be invisible. Picture that.

I’ve always been the “odd ball out”. I was never super popular in school (honestly, most people didn’t even like me). I wasn’t class president or one of the people picked for class superlatives, & always felt like I was sitting on the sidelines when it came to other people. I constantly got passed over for things & always felt like I was alone. I was insecure, shy, & reserved. I began to think there was something wrong with me. I began to think that my personality wasn’t “right”…so I put up a wall & changed things about myself to try to fit in with those around me. 

My low-self esteem both mentally & physically transpired into all areas of my life. I’m blessed that this battle rarely showed itself to other people, it was mostly something I dealt with on my own. So over time I began to make some changes to be happier with me, & I learned something along the way.


I am fearfully & wonderfully made, & God created me the way He intended me to be. He took his time when He created me, & because of that I am a fan of His work.

In order for me to see a positive change in my confidence, I had to look inwardly at myself first. Although I knew I had some insecurities with my physical appearance, I knew that these insecurities had a lot to do with my mind & the things I thought about myself. I had let what other people said about me change how I felt about Anaston. I worked on things that I knew I needed to work on within myself–mainly my attitude. Once I began to do the work on the inside, it was easier for me to work on the outside.

I had to realize that the only person who has to be okay with my physical appearance is me. I have the features I am supposed to have, & I am the size I am supposed to be. I have always been healthy, & food has never been an issue for me. I’ve realized that people will always have negative or rude comments about my size, but because I am okay with it now their comments do not affect me. I decided that I have a “goal” weight, & I am on the track to achieve that in a healthy way that works for me; however, If I stay this size for the rest of my life, that’s okay as long as I am healthy. 

I’ve also decided that in 2018 I will no longer entertain comments about my weight. I am going to start telling people that I do not appreciate their opinion & ask them to keep those comments to themselves. I am even willing to take it a step further & say the opposite of what people say to me. Maybe if I repeat their comments to them, they will see how hurtful it can be. (I doubt I actually do this, but there are times I wish I could._

It is also important to realize that we all have our own personal weight struggles & there is something about us that others desire to have. It is often the things we want to change that another person would be grateful for. 

Do you struggle with your confidence? Accept yourself first, exactly as who you are right now in this moment. Look at yourself in the mirror & affirm that you are beautiful. If there are things about your physical appearance that you don’t like, set goals for yourself. What can you change? Is it worth the change? Who are you trying to please? Once you can answer these questions, you can begin the work that you need to do. Be content with the progress, you won’t feel 100% confident every single day, it is a process (one that I am still working on). The important thing is to not let your insecurities take control. Be active in the work that you do, step out of your comfort zone & you will see the positive changes you desire. For example, if you don’t like looking at your reflection, put up mirrors all over your living space. Not only will you have fun decorating, but you’ll learn to be comfortable with yourself. I have mirrors everywhere, not because I am vain or narcissistic, but because I remember a time when I didn’t like who looked back at me. Now that I love her, I want to see her all the time. 

 

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully & wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

“When you are comfortable in your own skin, you are beautiful…Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing who you are.”  x Anonymous

18 Comments

  1. I loved reading this, Anaston! I can truly relate to a lot of the challenges that you expressed growing up and still today. It’s hard to break that barrier of acceptance and realizing that you are ENOUGH regardless of what negative comments people may say. We are made in the image of God, and anything that He touches is golden. Thank you so much for sharing your testimony! You are not alone. 💓

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    • You are so right, Jalesa! Thank you for taking the time to read the post, & I am so glad to know that I have a sister who can relate to things I have experienced! I appreciate you so much!

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  2. This was a great read! It made me realize that I have came a long way with dealing with my own self confidence! I’m proud of you and you are beautiful sis!!! Love you!

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    • Aww, thank you sis! I’m glad I could remind you of all the progress you have made! Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I love you!

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  3. I loved this and needed this read! I currently have confidence and self-esteem issues. I’m also learning to accept myself the way I am. This was very helpful for me. Once you accept yourself, no one can tell you nothing lol. You are a great young woman inside and out, and don’t you ever forget it! Thanks for sharing this.

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    • Thank you my love! I think its something we are all dealing with, especially as women. I’m glad I could provide a little inspiration along your journey, & I appreciate you taking the time to read my post! You KNOW you are beautiful, with such a beautiful spirit. Don’t YOU ever forget it!

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  4. This was beautiful Ana. And so are you. Your spirit is unmatched and I’m so proud you’re sharing this journey. I know exactly how it feels to be the oddball and not feel pretty enough and I’m glad we’ve both overcome it. I love you. ❤️

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    • My baby! I love you! Thank you so much for your support & for reading my post! We are different than most, but that what makes us beautiful & who we are. You know you’re gorgeous, & you’ve always been the prettiest girl to me!

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  5. This really blessed me little sis! I’ve struggled with similar things, as we both have previously discussed. My lips are also big and i was teased for my dark skin growing up. Now, I have grown to love my skin tone and I embrace it so much! You are beautiful inside and out and your light is shining! Like you said, we were created in the image of God, and he makes no mistakes! 🙂 Love you!

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    • Thank you big sis! I’m glad God blessed us with our lips, & I am so glad we are able to see them for the blessing they are, lol. That creamy brown skin is an even bigger blessing, & I am so glad you are loving the skin you’re in. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post, & I love you!

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  6. Definitely a great read. I myself have struggled with the darkness of my skin and and the way I talk so I know all too well about self confidence issues. I am still a work in progress and appreciate such works of kindness. Thank you for helping me move closer to a care free and loving mentality for myself. 💕💚

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    • I’m so glad I could help you, sis! I never knew you struggled with those things, but I’m so glad that you are loving yourself the way God created you! You are absolutely beautiful, & I love you! Thank you for reading my post! 💚

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  7. Omg! I faced some of the same issues & people would never know but I was bullied as well as a child. God always sends Angels tho to watch over us just like your teacher! Many of my childhood mentors taught me to love myself despite the negativity and how to kill with kindness . Most negativity comes from jealousy. Glad you are courageous enough to share these experiences because I know a lot of people can relate!

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    • Yes! Thank God for those people whom He sends to protect us & aid us in our journey! I agree with you, most of the time it is jealousy & it’s important to try to get people to see the beauty within the things they don’t like about themselves! I’m glad you didn’t let the people who bullied you kill your spirit & that you were able to handle it with grace. It’s so hard to kill people with kindness sometimes. I appreciate you so much for taking the time to read my post! Thank you so much!

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