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We all know that beauty is more than skin deep. What really makes a person is their character, their personality, the things they say and do and the way they treat others. Their work ethic, their likes, dislikes and so much more. The way we look really is such a small part of who we are, but with that being said many of us would opt to be more beautiful if we had the opportunity. As women there’s such pressure put on us to look a certain way to fit society’s beauty ideals; otherwise we’re labelled ugly, fat, unattractive, weird and a whole multitude of unpleasant names.
So, it makes sense why several females report having low self esteem. Instead of seeking an unrealistic ideal of perfection, one of the best ways you can improve your confidence is to simply make the most of yourself. Embrace your features, try your best to love yourself for who you are and take care of yourself. Here are some of the ways to do so.
Today I am proud to showcase memoir writer D.G. Kaye, who discusses the use of memoir writing as a vehicle for healing the self. I will give her the floor here as her guest post below such a high-quality one! Take it away, D.G.
D.G. Kaye, Memoir Writer. Photo: Courtesy of D.G. Kaye
I was delighted when you opened up this blog because the issues you present here are all so relatable to other women; a place where we can come and read inspiring stories about women who have accomplished so much in various aspects of life.
I personally enjoy reading stories of people’s personal victories, of overcoming adversity, and growing from unhealthy situations. I am happy to see that in this time of the world, more and more women are recognizing, confronting and speaking out about injustices they have endured.
I’m a memoir writer. My first book Conflicted Hearts is a collaboration of years of journaling memories. My struggles stemmed from growing up as an emotionally neglected child with a narcissistic mother, learning to find my place in the world, while striving to deal with the emotional baggage that followed me.
Unfortunately, abuse is a common issue that too many women endure. We don’t have to have been raped or beaten to have suffered abuse. Abuse lives under the guise of many forms. Emotional neglect is a common form of abuse. Sadly, many women have lived with abuse for so long that they may not be able to recognize that they are being abused because it becomes so familiar. Others may recognize it and fear running away from it because of a myriad of reasons such as being financially dependent on the abuser or perhaps even having a fear of what lies ahead for them if they attempt to leave.
Emotional and verbal abuse is a common practice many women suffer and endure at some point in their lives. The residual damages are devastating to our psyches and self-esteem, and have the propensity to stay with us our whole lives. Low self-esteem cripples our ability to function properly. We tend to develop inferiority complexes, anxieties, and feelings of inadequacy down the road. Our inner damage also plays a part in how we choose our relationships and influences us with the choices of people we allow into our lives.