We started to look at ourselves in the mirror and see only flaws. We started to analyze the width of our eyes, the shape of our face, the height of our cheekbones, our lips, hips, legs; each and every part of ourselves we were looking for flaws.
We fed ourselves images of women who were the perfect shape, had the perfect skin, and were perfectly dressed.
We tried the newest fad diets, the latest exercise craze, and when all else failed we tried to cover our ‘flaws’ with new clothes and make-up.
But what if we all had it wrong? What if we all were holding ourselves to impossible expectations? What might it mean for you and for me to look at ourselves in the mirror and see only beautiful women; not only on the outside, but also on the inside?
Sure society certainly places expectations on us, but we ourselves are often the culprits of some of the ugliest expectations.
This is Day 1 of 31 Days Freed from Expectations. Will you join along in freeing yourself from the expectations of womanhood? And if you're curious, you can follow along with the other 31-Day Writers.
You can browse below for all the posts in my series as they appear throughout the month of October.
Day 1 - Freed from Expectations
Day 2 - My High School Expectations
Day 3 - The College Years
Day 4 - Today
Day 5 - Together We Have Power
Day 6 - Confident of This
Day 7 - What are the Expectations?
Day 8 - A New Battle Tactic
Day 9 - Peeling Away the Layers
Day 10 - Beautiful Things
Day 11 - that little thing called Community
Day 12 - A Word from Tina Fey
Day 13 - Ephesians 6:10
Day 14 - Gratitude
Day 15 - two years later
Day 16 - What is True?
Day 17 - What is Real
Day 18 - Moving Forward
Day 19 - Feeling Free
Day 20 - for your Sunday
Day 21 - the "How"
Day 22 - Choosing Joy
Day 23 - A Joy that Will Not Fade
Day 24 - Tending to the Garden
Day 25 - Eyes Wide Open
Day 26 - Reading + Viewing
Day 27 - Let Us Run with Endurance
Day 28 - Let's Celebrate
Day 29 - the Body
Day 31 - Beauty in 31 Days