How to GLOW UP over the Summer
Before I get into how to glow up, I just want to start off with a disclaimer: This is not me saying “do these things to be hot.” This is me saying that you & I both can use these 3 months to improve ourselves – appearances, sure, but also our minds, spirits, relationships, careers, etc. While I think it’s important to take care of our bodies and to like the way we look, we are more than just our outer appearances. So, “glowing up” should include improving in many of the areas that make up our complex selves.
However, since I know many people use the phrase “glow up” to mean looks, I’ll start with that!
Glowing Up: LOOKS
Before you even change a single. thing. about yourself, I will share with you the secret to looking good. If I could take these words and tattoo them into my 14-year-old brain, I would. It would have saved my middle school self from a lot of stressful trips to Hollister looking for the perfect bikini so that “I could look like those other pretty girls.” Furthermore, it would have saved me from years of feeling insecure in summer clothing, from being shy at pool parties, and from doing what felt like everything “the other girls were doing”and still feeling not good enough. And it’s literally as simple as this:
“The secret to being a hot girl is believing that you are a hot girl.”
Read it again. One more time. Say it over in your head. Did it click? At first it seems like horrible advice, but being able to look at it from the angle of now believing that I’m hot, it really was as simple as having confidence in myself. And really believing it.
Now, if you are someone who is where I used to be where you feel insecure in your looks, I have 2 tips to help you allow this phrase to work its magic.
- Thinking you’re hot doesn’t make you cocky, or a b!tch. It’s believing that you’re hotter than everyone else that would make someone cocky. So, let yourself walk with your head high and believe in yourself – it’ll improve your life in literally every aspect.
- Fake it until you make it. I was so insecure but you would have never known it. I pretended that I was confident, that I felt like a total babe, and did my best to hide any insecurities. One day, without me even realizing it, I noticed I wasn’t faking it anymore. That was real confidence.
Being Confident still means having insecurities, and that’s okay
Everyone has insecurities. My thinking is that when it comes to something we don’t like about ourselves, we have a choice: accept it, or change it.
This is where any physical alterations to our bodies can come into play. Again, it’s okay to want to look good, it just isn’t the only thing that matters.
For me, I’m insecure about these things:
- being pale
- stomach fat
- nose bump
So how do I deal with these insecurities? Well, some I choose to accept.
I chose to learn to not sweat it when I break out, to accept that my stomach will always be where I hold any extra fat, and to love my little nose bump.
As for the other insecurities, I change them.
Not with plastic surgery, but with temporary cosmetic remedies. For example:
- Pale – My skin is naturally very pale, and I prefer tanned skin, so I [amazon_textlink asin=’B00Q23KER8′ text=’self tan’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d49c5d21-79a2-11e8-abed-d3075c0bc62a’] regularly.
- Fingernails – My hands and nails are stubby and short, so I [amazon_textlink asin=’B001T8S86A’ text=’glue on fake nails’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e21aa5f4-79a2-11e8-a1f6-356ba43b5d01′].
- Feet – From years of soccer & running, my feet and toenails aren’t exactly cute, so I get a [amazon_textlink asin=’B00LE99PA2′ text=’pedicure’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ed6a273f-79a2-11e8-986e-df9f03fac90d’] every few weeks.
See, it’s hard to dislike things I’m taking good care of.
I pamper myself by getting a pedicure, and I love the way my skin looks and feels after my tanning routine. Gluing on nails takes less than 10 minutes and costs me $8 to do. All of these things are inexpensive but have a huge impact on my confidence. My insecurities transform into things I want to show off, not hide!
What are your insecurities? Think about it, and break it down to yourself like I just did. What can you learn to love? What needs to be given some love, for you to be able to love? Make that choice, take action, and feel more confident in the way you look.
This is only the first part of how to glow up over the summer!
Like I said before, we’re more than just our looks. That’s why I want to continue on about how to glow up mentally, in school, you career, friendships, relationships, etc. but this post would have just been way too long. The follow ups to this post will be coming very soon. 🙂
Let me know in the comments how you plan to glow up this summer!
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