Beautiful Woman, Phenomenal Woman
I grew up as the chocolate little girl with natural hair. "Dark skinned" and "nappy headed." That was a rough combination for any child growing up before...well, before now. All around me there were images of "beautiful," and none of them looked like me. The boys in school didn't like me and the girls were just as cruel. There was not a day that I felt beautiful or wanted.
Over the years, my mother began to pick up on my low self-esteem and lack of self-worth. So every morning when I woke up, she dragged me into the bathroom and made me utter the words "good morning beautiful." It literally felt like the dumbest thing ever, especially since I didn't believe it. I slowly started to believe it though.
From then until now, I've put all my efforts in searching for the things that make me beautiful. Not just pretty to the eye, but from the inside out. I've found that when you have a beautiful soul, you light up a room like the sun lights up the sky. There are still times when I struggle, but each day gets better.
I've noticed that inner vs. outer beauty is a battle that many women face. I started a blog, maybeimbomb.com, to help document my journey and share my discoveries. Sharing my struggles and findings has served as a means for me to find answers for myself, and to also help other women see that they aren't alone. Each of us have the right and opportunity to define and showcase our own beauty. No matter what anyone else says or feels, if I believe in my beauty, then it exists.
'Cause I am a beautiful woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that is me.