But it’s not. At all. It’s about me and my vanity. Plus a little fun play on words from a song I first heard on How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days. Every week at lashes-to-lunges I do a different challenge to get out of my comfort zone. This blog; that started as a fun idea to find myself has now turned into something that stretches me, and helps me grow and change.
This week I took on the social media world. After about 4-5 years off of Facebook, I started a new account. I was afraid I may become hooked, I was afraid it would be a place of negativity or drama. But really it has been nice. I am not on it very often and I think I have looked at a total of 2 people’s actual pages. I have made about 3-5 posts, an inspiring quote or tagged a few photos. All in all its been a positive experience and I will probably stick around for a while on there.
There is however one tiny thing I felt. That I could become vain on the social media site. I didn’t see anyone’s posts that I thought were vain in my news feed. So if you are 1 of my 119 friends 🙂 that I now have don’t worry this is truly not about you at all.
I have lots of distant family on there now (shout out to the Conde’s! :)) but I had to really think about each post before I put it on there. Was it to just stay in touch with those family members? Or was it to get attention? To see how many likes I get? Was it to brag about how fabulous I think my life is? Was it uplifting or inspiring, was it truly just something I wanted to show my family and friends? What was the real purpose behind the post?
With the thought of vanity on my mind, I realized something the other night while I was redecorating our bedroom. I made a “dream wall” (because you have to keep your dreams in front of you!) and moved some things around. I moved a mirror to another wall. After the redecorating was done, I was walking out of our room and went to glance at myself in the mirror that was no longer there. Wow! I thought to myself. That is embarrassing. It had become such a habit that I did it without thinking.
Do I think I am beautiful? Yes, because I am His and He created me in His image. Because my husband makes me feel beautiful each day. Because I truly believe that your heart shines through in your outer beauty. I wish every woman KNEW how beautiful she truly was. But I think there is also a point where constant selfie’s, posts, looking at your reflection 24/7 can become a problem. And here I was, checking myself out in a mirror that was no longer there.
The Proverbs 31 woman is what I aspire to be. That woman kicks some major butt in her life, her marriage, her parenting, her work habits, everything. And in that passage it also says, ” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Man that is good stuff! The NIV puts it like this, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.” Beauty can be vain, and it won’t be here forever. Internal beauty however always will.
So I decided for my next challenge I am going to go 24 hours without looking in a mirror, at my face on my phone, in a reflection of a window, etc. Nothing. Not one look. I think this is going to be a real eye opener for me. This will take place next week, most likely on Monday. Please join me in this challenge and feel free to share with me what you experienced!