'You are enough'
Those three words 'You are enough' I feel are such powerful words, words that can empower you, words that can instil inner strength and words that can make you truly realise just the way you are IS enough.
As a Mum to my one daughter Florence, I feel so strongly about raising her to believe that she is enough just the way she is despite what people or society may try to tell her. Now I know in practice this is easier said than done and that I am sure throughout her whole life there will be periods that she doubts whether she is enough and I as a woman have been there many a time and I am sure will be there again.
I think what I am trying to say is that as a Mum I want to make sure that she has the tools and the confidence in herself to get through those periods of doubt and to know that it's okay to ask for help or advice. I currently work as a model, when I am not being a Mum although this hasn't been my career for the solid 15 years or so that I have been working, it has played a big part in my life and has been my main career for the last 4 years.
This particular job has opened my eyes to the world of self-image both positive and negative and has made me realise that you are not going to be everybody's cup of tea, should we say. Especially in the modelling industry and that's okay it just means on certain occasions your look was not the look they were after. So going forward from there, I try to apply that to other situations in life and accept that I may just not be everybody's cup of tea!
What I do know that despite looks being a focal point in my line of work more importantly if you want to be rebooked again and again it doesn't matter how pretty you are or if your look is the look their after, if you are not professional, polite and friendly you are unlikely to be booked again. This to me sums it up, looks, personality and character makes us who we are but looks most certainly do not define who we are.
It's you as a person, your personality, your character that gets you noticed. It's that that makes you memorable not your looks. You, just you as you come is enough it's so important to accept that as a human being we come with our individual strengths and our weaknesses and that using our strengths to the best of our ability and learning from our weaknesses will make us who we are. That it is okay at times to perhaps lose our way because you will always find your way back. And all this is just by being you and that you IS enough, no matter what.
I really hope as a Mum, a woman, a wife, a daughter, a friend and as myself Charlotte that I can raise my daughter, with this advice and knowledge, that I can show her every day just by being you that you are enough.