What Does Inner Beauty Look Like?

What Does Inner Beauty Look Like? By Iman Woods

Inner beauty is very different from outer beauty.

We strive to incorporate both in our photography and art. But in my personal life and in my clients’ lives, it’s vital to recognize and grow our inner beauty as much as we focus on the outer.

You may be asking what does inner beauty look like?

Inner beauty is incredible. As our bodies age, if we listen to our hearts and share the love we feel, inner beauty only grows. There is no limit. There is no race, or age, or size, or complexion that it’s limited to.

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Neither race, nor species nor pouting Labrador can limit inner beauty.

Inner beauty is a beacon directly from your heart. It’s something we all lose sight of at times. If we’re blessed we have spouses and children and friends that shine our light back towards us.

Inner beauty is holding your son’s perfect hands in your own aging hands. And finding both beautiful. Even with the heinous curling iron burn on your thumb.

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Inner beauty is helping a friend through a rough time. And reminding them of their own inner beauty when they falter. It’s asking a friend to talk when we can’t arrange our thoughts. Instead of shutting off our feelings.

Inner beauty is your son walking up to you and holding your blemished un-made face in his hands and saying, “Mommy, you’re boo-tee-ful.”

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Inner beauty is lifting your spouse up, just as they lift you. Back and forth like a see saw.

Inner beauty is knowing that as a mother, your children see you as a beaming goddess.

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Inner beauty is knowing when to walk away from toxic people. Even if they HAVE to be in your life. It’s fighting insults with love, or with silence when love won’t work. Even when you have counter-insults bursting from your mind.

Inner beauty is loving someone else’s children in a way you never thought possible. It’s the moments where they need comforting and grab your hand and giggle at an inside joke.

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Inner beauty is trusting faith. Whether you believe in God or not. It’s a faith that you’re on the right path even if it’s tumultuous at the moment.

Inner beauty is knowing that even if you’re not the only child, you’re still loved.

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But you REALLY wanted to photograph ME right, Mom?? Right?….

Inner beauty is laughing at your husband’s story (even if he’s told it before) because he lights up when he tells it and you can never get enough of seeing him light up.

Inner beauty is wearing what you want and not caring what anyone else thinks about it.

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He really does adore his sweater. As soon as it gets cold he asks for it.

Inner beauty looks like a lot of different things. It’s knowing you won’t always do the best thing. Sometimes you’ll get these right, sometimes you’ll get them wrong, but you’ll try again anyway. It isn’t measured. It doesn’t age. It’s intertwined with your heart and your dreams and your blessings.

Iman Woods
Beauty from the Inside Out!

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Iman is a photographer who, through her unique process of coaching and photography, can show a woman what other people see when they look at her. She is passionate about teaching other photographers how to live and be a professional and making change in the world. She dreams of changing the way women look at their bodies and how the world defines beauty. She also thinks being an instructor on CreativeLIVE would be incredible. Iman battles Lyme disease and shares her unique view of dreaming while fighting for her health. Her post day is Wednesday. info@imanwoods.com Iman Woods If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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