Monday, November 15, 2010

Makeup-less Monday!

Makeup-less Monday is upon us once again, and once again I am bailing on being the star of this post. My sister in law sent a picture as well as a wonderful write up that I want to share as well. So here is Julia:

I'm also "one of those women" that are constantly criticizing themselves. I once did a personality test based on Oriental Wisdom teachings and I was sad (but not surprised) to see that my results were: "I MUST be good and perfect to be happy". This was a few years ago but it was so painfully accurate that I still can't shake it off my head. It is a concept that I struggle with in every aspect of my life. I find it pitiful when people self-proclaim themselves as "perfectionists", as if it was something to be proud of. I am a perfectionist, and I'm ashamed to admit it. Unfortunately, being a perfectionists has always been one of my most "admirable" qualities... and that is precisely why breaking the cycle has become so hard. The truth is the more I seek perfection the more imperfect I become.
But I have made a discovery. While going through my pictures to find one to send you I realized that the pictures in which I am not wearing makeup are also the ones in which I look the most spontaneous and my smile the most genuine. I've come to realize that this "makeup-less" pictures are possibly my favourite. And that's why I am sending you my photo for the Makeup-less Mondays. True happiness doesn't need foundation.


  1. Bravo Julia! Not only for sending your makeup-less photo to be posted BUT for your insightful/inspiring words you have written.

    You are definitely on the right path for a wonderful life journey.

    Keep shining....keep smiling.
    Peggy xxxx

  2. Thanks so much! I am most flattered by the fact that Shannon decided to post my "simple" comment and my picture... and by your comment, Peggy.
    Me? Inspiring? That's definitely one of the best compliments I've received. :)

  3. Oh you are beautiful! And your smile is so warm. I am 40 and love the fact that I am perfectly imperfect. I actually laugh at my imperfections... Here is the one is perfect and the more you try to be perfect the more unhappy you become. So embrace the beauty of who you are just in this moment. Don't try. Just "be." xoxo


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