I had the privilege to be interviewed by my former colleague Jessica Pumphrey for her blog titled “J. Elaine|On Beauty.” The blog focuses on telling stories of everyday women and how they appreciate their own beauty experience. She has a series called “OnBeauty Q&A + portrait,” in which I was a part of. She wants to highlight women’s beauty from the inside out.
Below is my interview:
How do you define beauty?
True beauty comes from being comfortable and happy with yourself. The other part of beauty is about putting a smile on someone’s face and making them feel good about themselves.
What is one thing your mother or grandmother taught you about maintaining your own beauty?
The women in my life are very simple. Most of them don’t wear makeup or dress up. I was taught natural beauty and being yourself are two things that will make you a beautiful person. I learned to be content with what God gave me.
What is a unique feature that you had to ‘grow into’ or learn to appreciate?
My nose because I thought it was huge. When I was a kid I would put a clothes pin on it hoping to make it smaller. Now when I look at my nose I don’t think it’s big at all. I guess when I was younger I focused too much on the nose which probably made it seem huge.
What is your favorite scripture or quote that helps you stay grounded? Why.
“As you become more clear about who you really are you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you-the first time around (Oprah).
I think you need to take the time to listen to your inner voice or the whispers because they’re always trying to tell you something. Sometimes in life we’re just on overdrive and don’t take the time to be silent and listen to what the universe wants from us. It takes time and courage to listen to the whispers and do something about them. Change is never easy but in order to live the life of your dreams you need the courage to go for it.
What is your favorite beauty product and/or routine?
My beauty routine starts at 6am. The first thing I do when I wake up is write in my journal about any thoughts I have on my mind. I don’t think I just write whatever comes to my mind when I’m basically half asleep. It helps clear my mind of any negativity or bad thoughts I had over night. I later spend 10 minutes meditating without any sound just closing my eyes and trying to be present. And finally, I go on a three mile run. I like to start my mornings with a clear mind.
What would you tell someone who struggles to find their own beauty?
I myself struggle with this all the time. It’s not always easy to be comfortable with yourself. There’s a lot of pressure from our society, friends, work, and family who want to dictate how we should look or act. Sometimes with so much negativity in the external world its hard to even recognize or see our own beauty. Positive affirmations are the best way to find your own beauty, everyday look in the mirror and say, “I am a beautiful person.”
Favorite feel good song?
I think its everyone’s favorite song, Pharrell Williams “Happy” song. I like the verse: “Can’t nothing bring me down. My level’s too high.”