Monday, November 16, 2015

Be Original. Be Natural. Be Good.

I was a blubbering hot mess today, but in the best way.

I always stress how beautiful it is when things come together so perfectly, when the synergy of life's events all add up to create one beautiful moment.

Today, I was inspired and moved to the point of tears. There were goosebumps, my insides were ignited, and I was inspired beyond belief, touched and moved to the core.

It all started when we were getting ready to present our "product" in my promotions class. My product is my dream of a magazine dedicated to teaching women the importance of self-love and healthy body image, for all shapes and sizes. Anyhow, before we got anywhere in the presentations, we were interrupted to attend a beauty presentation.

We were escorted into a room and encouraged to sit in the front, to help with traffic. The class I was with skipped to the second row, so I charged on ahead and took a seat in the front row, something I learned from my past acting experience! I was also empty on the two seats on both sides of me, even though the audience was entirely full. It's like middle school all over again when no one wants to sit by you!

Anyway, the presentation was led by CEO Simon Cowell, of Bare Escentuals, and it proved to be a life changer.

I was brimming with tears the entire time. I was touched, and my head shook in agreement at every statement. Never in my life have I been so inspired by a speaker on the subject of beauty and the importance of making a positive difference in a woman's life.

He talked a lot about storytelling, of purpose, of the belief that anything is possible. He stressed how the beauty industry is selling insecurity, how it's creating unattainable perfection that causes stress to women. He said that it's about the potential of a woman, not the perfection.

He then went on to say how pretty is what you are, but beauty is what you do with it. Pretty is, beauty does. Beauty should be defined by a woman, not the industry. Beauty is having strength, bravery, authenticity, and having the courage to do anything.

And I never knew this about the company! For example, one of their ad campaigns was done by a blind audition in which they picked their models just by listening to who they were, not based off looks.

It was an incredible afternoon. I stood up at the end and thanked them, and it was during this time that I kind of broke down in tears because I was so moved. I was vulnerable, and I wasn't afraid to show how much that presentation meant to me!

We are about to create our stories that we will someday share with our kids. And leading your life with a purpose that moves you to the extent of tears (yes, tears!), one that's born from your own core beliefs will only lead you to success and happiness.

In the end, it's about finding a career that's an extension of yourself.

1 comment:

  1. Cashmere, Your sentiment was shared by many in the room including my self. I am thankful for working in admissions at FIDM, a college that recognizes the Design Industry can make a positive impact on the world. I shared your post on LinkedIn. Warm regards, Laurel