Thursday, September 19, 2013
Labels: addiction, antonio gonzales nyc, beauty is skin deep, homeless women, inner beauty, Orlo salon, volunteer work
That was my message at a recent workshop I held for mothers wanting to stay clean and break their addiction to drugs that range from alcohol, pot, pills and heroin to crystal meth. Some of these women live in shelters or struggle to put a roof over their heads. From my personal experiences I can relate.
"You are beautiful from the inside out..." was my first message to the room. "We are no different from each other and you deserve to be treated as an equal." This I firmly believe based on my own life experiences.
Some may assume that with the struggles these women face, "beauty from the inside out" may not be the most important thing, but they're dead wrong!
Some women may also have to deal with other challenges, like financial insecurity, physical abuse, mental health issues and crushing poverty. With this weight on their shoulders, there is often no room for feelings of self-worth. That's where inner beauty plays an important role.
By recognizing their "inner beauty," these women can be reminded that they deserve a good life, just like everyone else. They deserve love, deserve respect and deserve to be supported through difficult times, just like everyone else.
So if you're reading this, know that showing others' their inner beauty is extremely powerful. So many of us walk around depending on our outside appearances to represent who we are, but that only lasts so long. As I always say, a hairstyle lasts a day but self love is forever!
So spread the word, beauty is still just skin deep!
Feel free to write to me with any questions or comments. Remember that we can all bring joy to someone in need.
To love one's self is the beginning of a life long romance. - Oscar Wilde