Leta’s Thoughts on Beauty
You can be beautiful as you work, cook, scrub and hug your way through the day.
I am not your typical image consultant. To me, beauty is not about continuous maintenance. Beauty is about the right combination of knowledge, product and attitude; then using them together as you season with time.
My de-facto grandmother, Winnie, braided her grey hair intricately, just as she wound kindness into everything she did. I remember her saying that in her youth, she was plain and “no looker,” but she knew she was beautiful. Winnie pursued a master’s degree in her 80s, made cinnamon rolls from scratch and readily gave hugs. I want to be just like her—she was one of the most beautiful women I have ever known. I look forward to having grey hair and the beauty that comes from years of laughter and giving.
Women are often told that beauty is an unattainable perfection. Even the women that we see in magazines cannot maintain that perfection over time, much less daily. I know each woman is beautiful. In junior high, I was 5’9″, “filled out,” shy and very critical of myself. I was quite the tomboy and had the stitches, scars and dental work to prove it. With 82 stitches on my face alone, only my mother called me beautiful. Over time I have learned a lot about covering those scars. I also had severe eczema; not just any makeup line would do. I wanted people to see me—not the scars, and NOT the makeup.
I hope my philosophies about beauty will help you see that it isn’t about height, waist, zits or scars. Beauty is about looking past the surface and knowing your importance to those you love. This is why its important to take some time in the morning to enhance the beauty God has given you. My Aunt Mildred was a wise woman who said, “Spend enough time on yourself in the morning to forget about yourself the rest of the day.” I will help you to learn this approach in your own life.