Worthy Women Project: Liz Toombs

“The WORTHY WOMEN PROJECT aims to ignite strength in ALL women by sharing their stories. You are fearfully and wonderfully made!”

– Ashley Nicole

What do you remember learning about beauty from a young age? What impacted you the most that you’ve carried with you into adulthood (positive or negative)? 

Tan = beautiful, pale = ugly. I am fair complected so that always made me feel insecure about my appearance.  I sought after tan skin-which was very unnatural for me- at all costs.

Tell me your story! What life experiences have made you who you are today? 

I am a business owner, wife, dog mom, childless by choice. I am a skin cancer (melanoma) survivor and cancer has impacted my life greatly. We lost my mom to kidney cancer in 2012 and my sister has had melanoma twice more recently. All of these experiences and decisions combined make me up.

What is your definition of beauty? 

I reference it the most as a way to describe physical appearance but I think it encompasses your behavior and your soul, too (your inner beauty).

Do you think you are beautiful? 

Yes.  I’ve grown to feel that way as I matured and got a more realistic and comprehensive understanding of beauty.

What is your favorite NON physical feature about yourself? (After all, beauty is a light in the heart!) 

My silliness.  I am always singing and dancing around the house.  I like to keep things light and fun.

What words of wisdom, based on your personal experience, would you like to share with others who struggle to see their own beauty? 

I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to feel beautiful. I chased after a tan for a long time because that was what I saw in magazines and heard from family as being beautiful. Once I started having pre cancer and cancer places removed from my skin, I then struggled with not being able to tan AND now having many scars. For whatever reason, my skin is prone to heavy scarring so it doesn’t heal as nicely as I would like. I now see those scars as beautiful because they mean I am still alive. I am thankful for them, even if at times, I still struggle with their appearance every now and then.

Why are beautiful photos important for you right now? 

I just appreciate this stage of life I’m in and like to have photos taken of myself as I continue to grow and appreciate who I am.  Why wait for a special occasion?  One may never come.

How does being the woman you are today make you uniquely powerful? 

With health scares behind me, I feel like I can tackle anything. Life won’t always be easy but I can handle it because I have learned to rely on God for my strength.

“I am passionate about mentoring young women. I bring in college students to work at my company (an interior decorating firm) so that they can learn the real world outside of the classroom. I try to instill confidence in them and make an impact during our time together.  I know how valuable mentors were to me in my college days, and I hope to pay that forward.”

Liz Toombs

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