Beauty and the Online Crop

It's only been the past three or four years that I've taken a conscientious thought to connecting my inner beauty with the outer beauty. I've had self-esteem issues forever when it comes to the outside. I've struggled with weight issues every since I was a kid. I've lost and gained and lost and gained. Been teased, taunted and accepted. I've been discriminated, insulted and encouraged. Notice that the negative words are more than the positive ones. That's because, as we all know, the negative sticks with us much more than the positive. You can hear 20 positive things about yourself but that ONE negative thing will put a huge bug in your head and taunt you. It's kind of silly... and annoying. Actually it's very irritating.

So, as hard as it is, I've been trying to connect the two. I know I've got issues. Can irritate people. Have a hard time with commitments. Am a scatter brain. Sensitive at times. Controlling. But I also know that people like me. My friends think I'm beautiful. Jesus thinks I'm beautiful. My closest friends have all kinds of wonderful things to affirm me with. So now it's just a matter of connecting the two. I know I can try harder to be healthy. I know instead of coming home and sitting at the computer, I could be walking or working out instead. I know when I reach for that soda, I could be getting water. There are lots of things I could be doing better. It's hard work! But for now, I'm going to keep encouraging myself to work on the outside and also accept that I'm beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside.

All supplies are from the November kit - Connection - from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. Products on this layout are from Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, Sassafras, Prima and Maya Road. Love the mix of  colors and the homespun feel.

Also at SFTIO, we are having an Online Crop! Click on the image below.

Note: If you are not registered on our forum, it does require validating the registration but we're making sure to get those done quickly. :)