As a professional fashion stylist, part of what I do is to be active on social media and stay up-to-date with the current trends. It’s a fast-paced, exciting industry that’s full of beautiful images, and if I’m not careful to step away from it, insecurities about myself begin to creep in. I feel blessed to have the Gospel as my foundation, but sometimes I just need a boost of confidence. I think it’s part of our nature as young women (and women) to want to feel pretty, and I truly believe our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy with what we look like; and yes, even feel pretty. But I’ve also come to know that He cares much more about who we are and how we treat others than what we look like.

Today we’re going to discuss 4 action steps to take when you feel overwhelmed with the world’s standard of beauty, and I’ll give you a hint: None of them involve clothes or make up.

 

1. Disconnect from the world.

As a teenager I loved to read fashion magazines. I hear that nobody really reads magazines anymore, but many of us have a handheld device that keeps us connected to the world.  Unlike a magazine that has a front cover and a back cover, the Internet has no end. Our choice to disconnect must be more conscious. We learned from Elder Jose A Teixeira that “setting aside your mobile device for a time will enrich and broaden your life, for life is not confined to a four-inch screen.” I’ve seen this in my own life when I was challenged by fellow Blossom Girl’s (Courtney) post about having a social media fast before General Conference. I took her challenge and felt so blessed by the chance I had to reconnect with the most important things in my life, and even more amazingly I’ve never looked at my social media the same again. The fast gave me new perspective of how much time I was really spending on my phone and helped me better disconnect each day.

 

2. Go to the source.

Once we’ve made the conscious decision to disconnect from the world, we then get to choose what to connect to.  After we’ve disconnected, the next step is to go to the source, meaning the scriptures. To be totally honest, I’ve never read the scriptures and felt prettier; however, at the end of each study session I always desire to be a kinder and more Christlike person, have a greater eternal perspective, and feel of my divine worth as a daughter of God.

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3. Serve others.

We are given talents and gifts when we come to earth to help us grow and develop and also to bless others! Susan W. Tanner tells her story that as a teenager she had a bad case of acne that made her feel insecure. She was taught by her mother,You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others.” As we look outside ourselves and find ways to bless others, we will feel an increase of the Spirit in our lives and know of our true worth.

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4. Remember your worth.

Finally and most importantly is to remember your worth. Remember your worth as a Daughter of God. We’ve heard it since our first primary song, “I Am a Child of God,” but do we take it for granted? What does it really mean to be a daughter of God? It means that you are a literal descendent of deity, destined for greatness, and a princess to someday become a queen. When we remember this it changes not only the way we see ourselves, but the way we see others.

 

0653 - Version 2Posted by Tiffany Cook, Blossom Fashion Expert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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