In My Own Skin

There is something to be said about how the kids in your teen years can truly have an impact on how you view yourself; even into adulthood.  It's hard to squelch out the teasing and the need to be accepted. Always comparing myself to others and feeling inadequate definitely affected me after high school. I can still remember all the "popular girls" and how I didn't measure up. According to them and to me. I wasn't super skinny, I didn't wear name brand clothes, my hair didn't look perfect and I didn't know about eyebrow waxing. Apparently all of the other girls did though. Wish I had known back then.

But the good comes out of this as well. I can relate to young girls having a hard time in high school. I can come at it with new perspective now and still empathize. Probably more than they know. And I am stronger. What has also come out of this is to the desire to become comfortable in my own skin. Not to compare myself to others. Understanding that I'm not tiny and yet still working on maintaining my health. And still being comfortable and loving myself. Loving who I am! Enjoying ME! And even admitting I might be good at something. Whoa. Now there's an accomplishment.

All kit contents are from the February DREAM kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

This layout focuses on me working on my confidence. I've come a long way. You would never know that I was the shy girl who was too afraid to audition for things or who always thought she wasn't good enough. I'm not shy anymore but still hold back a bit. I think it's wonderful to be humble but to also have confidence in the gifts God has given me. And still keeping my arrogance in check. ;)

~ Melissa

P.S. The blue cardstock shape was cut with the Cameo. :)