• A personal reflection

    I was invited to join an amazing #CTConfidence photo shoot with Abigail, the owner of Abigail K Photography. #CTConfidence is an initiative that Abigail has created, without giving too much away - she is photographing some Cape Town based beauty bloggers over the next few weeks in a "before and after" way, but with a BIG difference. The whole initiative is about building confidence in women, something I will always fully support. Abigail did a post on this on her blog (click here to read it).
    After the shoot was done I had a little questionnaire to fill in and the one thing that really struck a nerve with me was the question: "What is your favourite quote / saying / mantra?".  When I saw that question I literally just sat looking at the blank space agonising over what I should write. A part of me wanted to write something really profound, but I thought I would be brave and share what has been spinning around in my head a lot lately. I am someone that struggles with self-worth, I tend to always feel that I am not good enough or the work I do isn't good enough. JP is always on my case about this and constantly telling me how great I am, but it just never sinks in because I don't believe it to be true. This isn't a recent development, it is something I have quietly felt for many years. Lately I have been trying a little self acclamation, not in an over the top crazy way - but whenever I feel that I am not good enough I think to myself "You are enough". I saw this saying in a photo app I have and it just really resonated with me - something so simple yet so reaffirming.

    The reality of the situation is that we are all very special and it's time that we start acknowledging that - we should truly accept and love ourselves. Overtime I hope I can learn from my own words and start living them.

    I hope you all have a great day.

    Big Hugs,
    Charlene XXX

    PS. I can HIGHLY recommend Abigail for any photo shoots you want to have done. I had such a fantastic time with her and the photos she showed me in the display on the back of her camera were really fantastic. Pop over to her website to see the packages she offers (click here).

    11 comments:

    1. Charlene - I have never met you, but judging from our emails and what you share online, you are amazing! I know that self worth is such a big struggle but I promise you - you are SO beautiful and you are one of the kindest and sweetest souls I know so hold onto that because those are rare qualities that make you a truly wonderful person!

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      1. Thank you so much Kerry, you are always so kind and supportive of everyone. It means a lot to me. I think times have just changed and the increase in demands leaves one feeling inadeqate at times. Sending you the BIGGEST warmest hugs XXX

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    2. This is such an amazing post I know exactly how you feel I tend to also not know my self worth and bring myself down alot ..


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      1. I guess no one is truly alone in how they feel and I am glad I put this post on the blog, to share how I am feeling and show people it isn't all rainbows and roses. Big Hugs XXX

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    3. Thank you for sharing Charlene and you are so right. We may not believe it at times but we are all special in our own ways.

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    4. We have also never met in person but you were the first beauty blogger to ever help me with a whole load of advice and are never stingy to share your tips with others. I think you're great and your mantra is almost perfect cos you are MORE than enough. Mwah

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      1. I am so happy I was able to help you. Thank you for your kind sportive words! Sending you Big Hugs XXX

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    5. Love your honesty - so many of us suffer with the same feelings and no matter how many times we're told you're awesome etc. you still have a hard time believing it. I feel its often that we are taught from a young age that is we have a good self image we're vain, so accepting a compliment without feeling that there is an alternative motive is difficult.

      Glad you linked to Abigail, loving her blog/site and having a grand time visiting there, so thank you.

      Have a magical day
      Wendy

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      1. Thank you so much Wendy. I am glad I am able to share what I go through and that it is able to help people in some way.

        Abigail is great - enjoy all her posts :D

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