Basic Beauty

Be yourself, follow your heart, and have a positive attitude: Do what you want to do and don’t let anybody stop you. Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” It’s all about your attitude—if you have a positive attitude, positive changes will occur. If you follow your heart and believe in yourself (Yeah, I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true!) other people will believe in you and respect you more.

Trust no one else as much as you trust yourself: Of course it is wonderful to have friends and family who you can rely on to help you whenever you need that extra little push to get past that bump in the road. But you must solely rely on yourself to take initiative. No one will feed you all of the answers and no one will always be there to pat you on the back every time you accomplish something. You are your best friend, but at the same time, you are your worst enemy. Trust your instincts.

Stay smart and think smart: It’s not only important to stay smart (by reading, doing crossword puzzles or playing games like Scrabble), but it’s important to think smart. In other words, have common sense. Don’t do something you know is stupid or that will hurt you in the long run. Enough said.

Be your best possible self: Strive for your version of perfection (there is no definition of the word; what I think is perfect, you may think is utterly repulsive)—just always try your hardest and always do your best! Make an effort and show that you care and are passionate about what you are doing, the people who are important to you—make sure they know you care about them and how much you love them (those 3 little words can go such a long way!)—and your past, present, and future. Don’t let memories fade, live in the moment, and plan ahead.

The natural look: Physical beauty is important as well. Everyone is beautiful—inside and out. Some people may have to dig a little deeper to find it, but I promise, it’s there. Outside—it’s easy for us girls to put on some makeup and straighten our hair. But why not be natural? Both my makeup and my flat iron can be my best friends, I have to admit, but no one ever said I had to cake it on. Enhance your natural beauty.

Eat right and stay fit: What more can I say? Seems pretty self-explanatory. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that exercising is important and that eating right is all about portion control and getting a balanced diet—check out the list of healthy foods on my listography page.