Ever since I was a little girl, I developed a desire for the finer things in life.
However, these “finer” things didn’t always cost much. They were simple, but they helped shape me into a lady.
My mama would take me out to “ladies lunch”, my Mimi would let me wear her beautiful night gowns, and I sure did enjoy putting on my Barbie high heels.
As we grow into true young women and young adults, we don’t always have people around us who fill our lives with wonder. We learn to create it for ourselves.
Tips for cultivating beauty:
Cultivating beauty for your mind:
-Learn to love reading. My Papa always told me you always have a friend if you have a book. Even when our lives feel bleak, books can fill our minds with so much beauty. Books make us think, wonder, ponder, and imagine. (Check out the book section of my blog for some of my favorites!)
-Don’t feel like reading? Fuel your mind with a good podcast! Timothy Keller’s podcasts are some of my favorite. Find some that you love and allow them to restore your mind!
Cultivating beauty for your body:
-We can’t all afford mani-pedis from the salon each week. However, I have found that I feel so much more glamorous when I paint my nails a fun new color! Get a new lipstick on sale! Try something new!
-Taking bubble baths is a free way to feel like you’re at a spa. My room mate just brought me home a bath bomb from Lush. When I’ve had a long day, nothing makes my body feel restored and renewed like a tub. Remember: beauty restores us.
-Christian yoga! Yoga helps me relax, meditate on God’s word, and brings a beautiful peace to my crazy life. (For more on Christian yoga, check out the Christian yoga section of my blog.)
-Hot tea has been proven to help the body and mind relax. Even better? Green tea is a natural anti-ager. How’s that for beauty? 😉
Cultivating beauty in your home:
-Your wallet doesn’t have to empty in order for your home to be a beautiful oasis. Even if you have a tiny apartment, you can make it lovely! The 99 cent store is filled with candles, flowers, picture frames, air fresheners, and more! These little, tiny things make such a difference. I love coming home to beauty, and remember that the “finer things in life” don’t have to clear your bank account.
As women, we should be learning even at this age, even in apartments, to bring beauty into our homes. It makes coming home so much better!
Cultivating beauty in your soul:
“Bless the Lord, oh my soul…”
-Scripture can bring beauty into the depths of our souls! When we feel bland, icky, ugly, flawed and imperfect, scripture tells us we are beautifully made!
Read your bible. Love your bible. It will feed your soul and cultivate beauty in so many ways.
As women, we are restored and renewed by beauty. However, beauty doesn’t always just appear in the concrete streets of crazy cities. We must create it for ourselves…create our own safe haven…make our apartments an oasis.
We have to cultivate beauty.