We have been a fan of Yelena, of Makeup You Beautiful, for a while now. Her presence on social media has a calm and elegant feeling that draws a person to her. It was because of her realness that we knew we wanted to get to know her better and feature her for our True Beauty Tuesday. Here are her words.
“What if it was okay to be less than perfect, to have flaws, to not have things yet accomplished as you were hoping to? Why can’t embracing my imperfections and getting older actually be a beautiful thing?
“At moments of life when it gets overwhelming with the never ending to-do lists or when things don’t go the ‘right’ way, I remind myself that all these things, the good and the bad in life, HAD to happen to reach this point of my life as I’m approaching my 30’s. And not to mention, all those fine lines and wrinkles are a daily reminder that soon, my 20’s are over. But then, I quickly remind myself, that turning 30 means that in my 20’s, I met my husband who is an absolute gem, traveled more than I’ve ever did, made a few ‘true’ friends (which is rare these days), discovered my passion for makeup and making others feel beautiful, and one of my biggest accomplishments was becoming a mother. And if turning 30 means reaching all those milestones of life, then 30 is pretty beautiful.
“To me, beauty is a feeling and not a reflection. When I see my children smiling, giggling and my wonderful husband by my side no matter what the circumstances of life are at that point in time, that makes not only myself feel beautiful, but seeing the beauty in every moment.
“As a mother, I want my daughters to know that beauty is so much deeper than what we can see. Being told that you are beautiful on the inside is the most wonderful compliment you can ever be given.
“Kindness, especially the random acts of kindness, is a great characteristic of true beauty. It could be as simple as a few words of inspiration, or paying for coffee for the person standing behind you. I’ve had that done to me before and I always try to pay it forward.
“I’m not perfect by any means, but I try my best to show kindness to people around me every day. For me, it could be as simple as letting the person behind me at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of me, or make my husband his favorite dinner when he is not expecting. These things are not difficult, but they make a difference.”
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