“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)?
I learned from a young age that your beauty shines out from the inside. As far as physical beauty, I have never thought that I was pretty. Growing up I couldn’t always dress like most of the other girls in school. It caused me to have a bad self image of myself and I carried that for years. This month I turn 61 and a couple of years ago I started dating a man that thinks I’m beautiful. I have never had anyone to tell me I’m beautiful every day. When we are around friends or family, he always says, don’t you think she’s beautiful!
Tell me your story! What life experiences have made you who you are today?
Being a single adoptive parent to a newborn that I got to assist in the delivery, gave me joy that could only come from being a mother. Even though he passed away at age 3, I still have 3 years of being a mother to a newborn, something that I would have never had otherwise. When I look at my life story, those 3 years shine bright. No, I didn’t get to see Landon grow up and share all the things that come with being a man. But, motherhood didn’t end there. A few years later, I was blessed with adopting a cute little 10 year old boy named Jonathan, who just celebrated his 36th birthday! Being able to be a part of molding him into the man he is , has been so rewarding in so many ways. Yes, God has truly blessed me!
What is your definition of beauty?
Beauty portrays itself in your actions as well as physically. We’ve all seen beautiful people but their actions were ugly and it erased their physical beauty. Beauty is what’s on the inside that shows on the outside.
Do you think you are beautiful?
My sweet man tells me everyday that I’m beautiful. I’m beginning to believe he might be telling me the truth.
What is your favorite NON physical feature about yourself? (After all, beauty is a light in the heart!)
I’m a giver. I have been all my life. I have been a churchgoer since birth and God teaches us to love and give. I remember when I was 5 yrs old, we were so poor that sometimes we barely had food to eat. Somehow God blessed us at Christmas and I got two little twin baby dolls, a boy and a girl. Our church was always big on missions. We had a big barrel in the church that we were trying to fill up to send to the Philippines. I knew I had to do it. I had to give one of my babies away to someone that didn’t have one. I remember praying for God to help me decide which baby I should give up. I was crying as I slowly walked to the barrel and laid my baby girl in the barrel. Even though it was sad for me it birthed inside me to give. As an adult I think that God saw my tears to be a mother and he remembered the little girl that gave her baby to someone that did not have one. So he blessed me for my obedience to him as a small child.
What words of wisdom, based on your personal experience, would you like to share with others who struggle to see their own beauty?
Yes, God has made us all beautiful. But, He expects us to take care of ourselves physically as well as spiritually. Most women never take the time to take care of themselves. Most all my life, I was that woman. Until I got so tired of hating what I saw in the mirror. It is the hardest thing to start eating healthy, exercising and doing all the things that comes with taking care of ourselves. Please trust me, it is worth all the effort you put into it. Remember, God expects us to do the things that we can do to change the things that need to be changed. If I can do it, then anyone can do it.
Why are beautiful photos important for you right now?
Because I’m finally starting to see maybe I am beautiful and what a better way to prove it through my pictures. It will be awesome to have pictures that I’m actually proud of.
How does being the woman you are today make you uniquely powerful?
I have 60 years of life experience. I could write a book and people wouldn’t believe it. You can not beat true tough life experiences to make you powerful. You know that you can handle everything that comes your way in the future. You can always look back to a life experience and gain strength to help you through another life experience.
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