Hey, girls! This is just for you! Let’s talk about beauty that’s more than skin deep, identity (who you are as an individual), and modesty. You’re a treasure, and you’re worth more than you realize. Let’s look beyond the world for our validation and step into something deeper.
Girls, “Rose Petals” is about how we can begin to give away ourselves before we give away our virginity. Imagine that a rose represents you . . . it’s beautiful – has a couple thorns and rough spots, but it’s gorgeous and special, just like you are. In the story, as the girl slowly surrenders more of her heart and herself to her boyfriend, her rose petals slowly are plucked off too, until there is nothing left but the stem.
Autumn air. She studied at her local high school. She laid low. Undercover. She fit in where she could; hid her real feelings inside. He would walk by, and her heart would melt. She crushed. She dreamed. Thoughts of him never ceased. She checked her phone endlessly for a missed call, or a text message. She wrote his name with hers. She loved . . . or she thought she did. In fact, she surrendered her emotions. Rose Petal Click here for more
“More Beautiful You” by Johnny Diaz
By: Stephanie Duncan
Living in the city of Chicago, I am subjected to an ambush of the beauty industry’s marketing every day. In just a five minute walk from my apartment, I am exposed to billboards, taxi ads, bus stop signs, and full-size murals all campaigning for my attention with a different media message: this mascara will guarantee you a great date, these boots are winter must-haves, this dress will make a new you! But to a twenty-year-old college girl who knows she does not roll out of the sheets in the morning looking like a perfume model, these messages get translated a little differently. I see the media goddess, whose body is all tan and confidence and curve, or, everything that I am not, and all I hear is a roaring accusation: These are not your legs, this is not your skin, you will never have this hair, this body, this allure. . . . Click here for more.
When flat ironing your hair: Use a heat setting that is suitable for your hair type (usually found on the directions that come with your iron). Don’t hold the flat iron for extra time on the ends of your hair strand. Your hair is actually more porous and more easily damaged toward the ends so just keep the iron moving and slide it all the way down. Using a heat protectant spray or cream before ironing will protect your hair as well.
When using a blowdryer, dry your hair almost all of the way just with your fingers, then go over the top with a round brush to smooth out frizziness and curl the ends.
Make it a point every night to wash your make up off. Its not good for the dirt and oil that builds up during the day to stay on your face . . . and it feels better!
If you don’t have time to go all out with your makeup in the morning, just grab some blush, mascara, and lip gloss!
Keep the four B’s in mind. If your clothing is showing any Back, Belly, Butt, or Boobs, you’re best off without it! If you have to pull it up, push it down, fix it, adjust it, or check it, it’s probably no good. Stick with modest clothing. Your mystery is beautiful.
Dress up your look with a pair of high heels, a piece of jewelry, or a belt. It will completely change your outfit, and add style!
Appointment With Love
John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn’t, the girl with the rose.
His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. . . . Click here for more.
“To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” ~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen