The Beauty of Self-acceptance

An article / advertisement in The Wichita Eagle caught my eye. It was about Cindy Joseph, a make-up artist for 15 years then later on started modeling at age 49. She is currently the principal in Boom, a new cosmetic / skin care line. Her head shot was what drew me to the article. She exuded a natural beauty that appeals to me–something that I aspire to achieve. Her natural, un-colored long gray hair; her moist, clear skin; her not-overdone makeup, and her carefree confidence lifted off the page. If my math is correct, she is 61 years old.

Drawn to check out her website, I watched her product video. And, yes, I did purchase her Trio Boom system. It is part of my on-going campaign to avoid, as an older parent, being called my kids’ grandmother.

What penetrated most seeing Cindy Joseph on YouTube was her self-acceptance. Of course, it is easy to be self-accepting when you are gorgeous, but it went beyond a superficial level. It can be like the chicken and the egg–are you beautiful because you accept yourself or do you accept yourself because you are beautiful? I subscribe to the former. I believe beauty flows from self-acceptance. Unattractive people (deemed so by the world’s standards) with confidence and self-acceptance can be quite beautiful.

Cindy strives to eat healthy. While I am not a proponent of a vegan diet that she adapts, I do believe eating healthy flows from accepting oneself.

In another one of her videos she was open about not being raised with any faith, but to paraphrase tries to live by the code of treating others with respect and dignity. Again, charity is another fruit of self-acceptance. Remember, love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:39).

The Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Tip: Take one step today to love and accept yourself more.