“OUR STORY” ~ From The Founder
The mission of Kind Is Beautiful® is to inspire girls – and women – to be beautiful by being kind – to themselves, others, and the planet. This mission is an expression of my own journey. Several years ago, I faced a health issue that changed my life and aspects of my physical appearance. Rather than show myself kindness during this time, I developed a ritual of standing in front of a mirror condemning myself for the “beauty” I thought I had lost (or never believed I had at all). I felt unlovable. Unworthy. And lost in the perceived inadequacy of myself.
But . . . in time I found I was also firm in my knowing that I had faced my own condemnation many times before, and that my pain was shared. It was here, in the depth of my own unkindness and the height of my insecurities about my “beauty,” where I learned something that would change the course of my life . . . how to be kind to myself. And as I learned to do this, the most beautiful parts of me began to be revealed – courage, gratitude, forgiveness, resilience, and, of course, kindness. I discovered that every kind act chiseled away years of self-hate and self-doubt. Every kind act taught me how to be more gentle with and forgiving of my imperfections and more honest with my strengths and gifts. It gave me permission to celebrate the beauty in others — without comparison — and to help make this world a more beautiful place. At each turn, it was reaffirmed again and again that kindness IS an act of beauty©. Now, when I look in a mirror, I smile . . . not because of what I see, but because of who is standing there.
I’ve been on this journey for four years. I have a lot more to learn. I also believe I have something to share. I want nothing more than for every girl – and woman – to experience what I am learning from kindness – the truth of her own beauty. But, as my mom said, even if the only person Kind Is Beautiful changes is me, then that will have been enough.
♥♥♥ With love & gratitude ♥♥♥