Have you ever wanted to learn beauty secrets from a beauty queen? Now is your chance! But, I’m not going to tell you about how to curl your hair or how to get that perfect (but oh so elusive) smoky eye. In fact, I’m here to tell you that stuff doesn’t matter one bit. Not one bit.

WHAT?!?! You, the girl who does pageants, is here to tell me that beauty isn’t important? Isn’t that a bit hypocritical?

Yes and no. I’m telling you that the way you look in a mirror is not something to base your self worth on, because it does not last. But beauty, on the other hand, can be something that will define you for the rest of your life. Because to me, beauty is not based on the way you look. Beauty stems from your character, from the way you treat others, from your service, and from your faith. That’s why I created my ‘Live Beautifully’ campaign, to redefine the definition of beauty for today’s young adults. ‘Live Beautifully’ takes a three point approach to achieving inner beauty. By embracing yourself, others, and your community, you could be on your way to finding true, lasting beauty in your life.

The first component, embracing yourself, promotes self acceptance. Simply put, beauty is not perfection, but being perfectly happy with who you are. Before you can find beauty in other areas of your life you must first learn how to be comfortable in your own skin. I find reassurance in the book of Genesis that says “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27). This verse means so much to me, reminding me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. The creator of the entire universe cared enough about me to create me. Instead of tearing myself down I attempt to see myself through God’s eyes, as His child. I encourage listeners to define their unique gifts, not just abilities, but their character. I challenge them to appreciate their strengths and to improve upon their weaknesses. An essential part of developing this self acceptance is setting goals and working to achieve them, resulting in a gratifying feeling of accomplishment that translates to self confidence. I also promote choosing to live an active, healthy lifestyle, because a healthy body and a healthy mind lead to a happy individual. By combining the development of character and physical health, young women have a balanced approach to help them achieve self acceptance.

Embracing others is the second component of finding true beauty. Again I find my foundation in scripture. Numerous verses instruct us on treating others with love, compassion, kindness, and forgiveness. Listeners will learn to value and appreciate the people in their life. Everyone has the opportunity and ability to make today a little better for someone. No matter what someone looks like, where they come from, or how ‘different’ someone is, they are still a human being and deserve friendship. Embracing others means being friendly and encouraging to others instead of tearing them down. Just because someone else is different from you doesn’t mean either one of you is any less beautiful. Finding beauty in others leads to a greater appreciation of the broad spectrum of beauty.

The final component of the ‘Live Beautifully’ presentation is embracing your community. Becoming involved in your community not only makes a difference in the lives of the people you are serving, but it also leaves a deep impact on you. This is the most important use of your time. There is so much beauty in the world, but you have to get involved in your community in order to experience it. Serving develops a greater appreciation for the people around you, strengthens character, broadens your perception of beauty, and allows you to share your positive influence with the world around you.

All of the things that I have included in the ‘Live Beautifully’ campaign are things that I work on everyday, aspects of my life that I am passionate about and have learned through my own experiences. This program is truly something I’m dedicated to living out everyday, and it’s important to me to spread this message to as many people as possible. If you know a school, church group, club, or organization that is interested in hearing this program, have them contact me by clicking here. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Remember that everyday is an opportunity to Live Beautifully!