Are you HOT, BEAUTIFUL, or BOTH?

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Happy Friday Strong Girls (and to any Strong Men who might come across this post)!

Here’s some inspiration i came across today. (Excerpt copied below, but read more here). I added the images for some good visual representation ūüôā

Hot is admired from afar; beauty is to be held.

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SCANDAL – ABC’s “Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)

Hot is perception; beauty is appreciation.

Hot is smokey-eyed; beautiful is bare-faced.

Hot is an appearance; beautiful is more than skin deep.

Hot is the way she moans; beautiful is the way she speaks.

Hot is a strong appeal; beautiful is strong mind.

Hot is youthful; beautiful is ageless.

Hot is conventional; beauty is unique.

Hot is a one-night stand; beautiful is sleepless nights.

Hot is a state of beKeriing; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Hot is devious; beautiful is innocent.

Hot is bending her over; beautiful is baking her blueberry pancakes.

Hot is sultry; beautiful is wholesome.

Hot is her curves; beauty is her nerves.

Hot is a text message; beautiful is a love letter.

Hot is a facade; beautiful is a woman.

Be a BEAUTIFUL woman!

With love,

Onyinye

You are Beautiful, and So is She

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One of the reasons i started the Strong Enough Girls initiative is because i feel that young women do not encourage each other enough. This article discusses this issue. As women, “We need not bash others to make ourselves beautiful.”

We’ve got to stop assuming that there is a single depiction of beauty that is universal. Everyone in this world has someone who believes they are beautiful. Some have more than others, but we all have at least one person who believes this about us. While you should rest easy knowing this, you should also stay humble to the fact that you will not be beautiful to everyone. Above all this, recognize that one of the most exhilarating realizations of your lifetime will be to recognize that your beauty, while relative to the beholder, is also not defined by them.

Stay Beautiful,

Mizz “O”

Dr. Ada Igonoh: Ebola Survivor. Talk about an UNSHAKABLE Woman!

Dr. Ada Igonoh is a survivor!

Dr. Ada Igonoh is a survivor!

For the past month, i have had Dr. Ada Igonoh’s story of survival up on my laptop screen; it’s a long story, and i just finished reading her account of how she SURVIVED the Ebola virus! Last weekend, i had the opportunity to watch her and her husband discuss her story on the Nigerian talk show Seriously Speaking. I was moved by her words and presence, and particularly impressed by her husband as i could tell that he was a good man; sticking with her throughout the ordeal as he said he made a commitment when he married her “for better or worse.” Her story is one of the most powerful stories i have ever read. I was even moved to tears as i read her account; i can only imagine the type of strength and grace it took to combat the deadly disease.

I drank the ORS fluid like my life depended on it. Then I got a call from my pastor. He had been informed about my predicament. He called me every single day morning and night and would pray with me over the phone. He later sent me a CD player, CDs of messages on faith and healing, and Holy Communion packs through my husband.

I kept encouraging myself. This could not be the end for me. Five days after I was admitted, the vomiting stopped. A day after that, the diarrhea ceased. I was overwhelmed with joy. It happened at a time I thought I could no longer stand the ORS. Drinking that fluid had stretched my endurance greatly.

Dr. Igonoh’s story is nothing short of miraculous and¬†inspiring. After reading her story (and Nick Vujicic’s story), i am a believer that miracles do happen. It just takes very strong¬†Faith and determination to triumph. Dr. Igonoh¬†is truly a Strong Enough Woman.

As I lay on my bed in that isolation ward, strangely, I did not fear for my life. I was confident that I would leave that ward some day. There was an inner sense of calm. I did not for a second think I would be consumed by the disease.

I know God brought Dr. Igonoh through this ordeal to fulfill His purpose for her, for Nigeria, and for the world. Somebody somewhere needs encouragement. Somebody somewhere needs to know that true, unshakable faith can see you through the valley of the shadow of death. Somebody needs to believe in God and community again.

I am soooo inspired by Dr. Igonoh’s story, and i appreciate her taking time to write down the lengthy post about her experience. Like she said, reading other survivors’ stories encouraged her to not give up. I am also deeply touched by her spiritual community that rallied around her by praying and sending scriptures and prayers to her phone. Her Pastor is a true example of a man of God, and her husband is the type of husband i wish every woman can be blessed with; a man who sticks by his wife’s side “for better or worse.”

God is still in the business of performing miracles. I’m a Believer.

When you look in the mirror, do you like you?

I saw this video earlier today… #Loveit

My dear sisters, you don’t have to try so hard. You shouldn’t have to try so hard.

Be yourself. Love yourself. Accept who you are. It might sound easier said than done, but it can be done. Practice letting your hair down, putting down the make-up, shaving your hair off if you’re tired of dealing with it. #PracticeMakesPerfect #SelfLoveMatters

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to know the difference.

xxxx

-Mizz “O”

The Luckiest Girl in the World

How do you define the term lucky?
Who gets to be lucky?

Today’s inspirational feature is about Turia Pitt, an Australian ultramarathon runner and “model-turned-engineer” who is a survivor of a terrible bush fire incident.¬†As i read about¬†Turia being featured on the cover of The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine, i was inspired and uplifted by Turia’s confidence and courage. I was also reminded of the fact that, all over the world, there are many people who have suffered unfortunate events that have left them with physical scars that often contribute to feelings of insecurity and decreased¬†self-esteem.¬†Turia is a beautiful example of what it means to be a Strong Enough¬†woman.¬†In acknowledging her feature in the magazine, Turia says¬†“For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty‚Ķ There are a lot of women out there who are so beautiful but don‚Äôt have the confidence, and that’s what gets you over the line.”

Turia’s strength is truly remarkable, and she is a role model for all of us. When life gives you a fighting chance, take it. You have more to live for.

Strong Enough Girls aims to inspire courage and confidence in young girls and women all over the world. I hope that Turia’s story inspires you to embrace the fact that you very well might be “the luckiest girl in the world” – scars, imperfections, and all. Everyday is an opportunity to be a better you; don’t let your circumstances deter you from being BEAUTIFUL.

Confidence is beauty

            Confidence is beauty

Turia Pitt before her accident

            Turia Pitt before her accident

With a virtual hug,

Mizz “O”