Around 20 years old, I was surviving in Los Angeles. I worked in a bookstore that offered psychic readings and sold giant crystals in Venice Beach, on one of the most expensive streets to shop on the West Coast. The customers I helped were rich and famous people like Susan Surandon and Zoe Saldana.
Everyone around me was stunningly beautiful. My yoga classes were packed with models and the occasional B List celebrity. The bars were lined with well-dressed and fit people. Even for a trip to the grocery store, LA residents bring their A-game. Although I could do without the materialism, the City of Angels has always inspired me to be my best. Sometimes, however, I would catch myself feeling deeply insecure in my surroundings. During my time there, I had an epiphany that made it easier to get over my feelings of inadequacy.
Acknowledging someone else’s beauty, doesn’t make me any less beautiful. Being envious of someone else’s life, isn’t going to make my life any better, so I might as well just be happy for people. Obviously, I get waves of jealously or insecurity like everyone else, but they are so much easier to handle once I remember they probably have insecurities, just like me. No ones life is perfect or easy and it’s plain silly to assume otherwise. Plus, there are so much more important things than being beautiful. It sucks our society conditions us to spend so much time and money on physical looks. Realizing this helped me have some of the best years of my life in one of the most creative, diverse, and exciting cities in the country.
What makes you feel beautiful? How do you practice self love? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.
I feel grateful to have so many bad ass women in my life who understand the importance of raising one another up. Confidence and grace are traits I admire in each of the women tagged on here. I wish I could tag more of you, but I’m limited to 20. #brookehampton x #yogastoned