Yes, I’m finally back from the land of vacation! I got to go to Montana, Idaho and Washington and then spend a bit of somewhat-quiet time at home!
Lately trying to find things to write about has been…challenging…to say the least. I’ve been struggling as to what to say and what direction to take this ministry, and after much research and thought I’ve decided to really lay out to you all the heart of Unfading Beauty Ministries and a bit of a background story/testimony as to why I started it.
When I was in High School, I didn’t really “fit in” anywhere. I wasn’t as obsessed with my looks as the pretty girls-so I couldn’t join in when they were talking about this make-up, or that hair style, I wasn’t very good at sports-and despite the fact that I played on several teams, I really wasn’t accepted as one of their “own”, and I wasn’t obsessed with this boy band or that new singer (despite trying to be) but I just didn’t really understand why a girl would go to a concert bawling out her eyes for a guy she “loves” despite the fact that she doesn’t actually know them…So, needless to say, I was an outsider on the most basic levels of the high school hierarchy. To set me apart even further from everyone else, I was a right-winged, Christian girl-who was MORE than outspoken about her faith-who in spite of being born and raised in Canada, LOVED the United States (more accurately Montana) more than I did my home province. I’ve always said that I was born Canadian, but I’m Montanan at heart.
So, that all set me up for some…backlash.
Enter: NINTH GRADE
Ninth grade was hard for me. It’s the year that TRULY set me on a course I absolutely DID NOT see coming.
I have severe peanut and tree nut allergies along with a severe perfume/fragrance allergy that causes me to have to carry an epi-pen around with me EVERYWHERE. So, long story short, because of people purposely either wearing excessive amounts of perfume (or spraying it directly at me) or bringing nut around me, I ended up in the hospital several times and almost died one night (I am SO thankful for modern-day medicine!)
Thus, the beginning of my online homeschooling and the meeting of a friend who set up everything for me to start this lovely little ministry!
Originally, I started writing just because I needed to write. It was my way of venting and putting my thoughts together in a way that made sense. Something I could do to de-stress.
Then it stated to become more…
Well, after going back to public school in twelfth grade (so I could graduate in the same school as my brothers and previously dad) I saw all the bullying that was going on. I saw girls who hated themselves for one reason or another and girls who flung themselves at the guy most willing at that point just to feel loved.
So, why Unfading Beauty Ministries? What’s the point of all this?
That made me want to do something. I HATED seeing girls feel like they didn’t belong. I knew that feeling all too well. I wanted girls to experience the same kind of freedom that I have experienced. To know that just because they are different doesn’t mean they have to feel distant from everyone and everything or not wanted or desired. I hate seeing gorgeous girls hate on themselves, starve themselves, cut or anything else they may do just to try to achieve the unattainable standards of “beauty” that the world tries to shove down their throats.
Unfading Beauty is about becoming the Women of God that we were created to be. It’s about learning about BIBLICAL standards of beauty, and through said learning that gaining a Christ-centered view of what beauty is and a contentment that only can come through this Christ-centered view of, well…EVERYTHING!
The ultimate goal of Unfading Beauty Ministries is to make John 3:16 known: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”, because once we know and accept this in our hearts, it opens the doors for Christ to teach us all these other things that Unfading Beauty Ministries is all about.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or privately contact me!
Also, just so you know, I uploaded a new vlog on YouTube Entitled ‘Emotions and Surrender’ the other day, so you can go search for Unfading Beauty Ministries, and it will be there!
One last thing, I am going to be starting up a monthly newsletter, so if you sing up with your e-mail on the sidebar, you will be getting one within the next couple of weeks!!
Love you all, and thanks for all your support, love and reading!!