I wanted to remember this moment always, so I captured it.
It was the evening of my launch/book-signing event. I came home so tired, yet on a high from my emotions and surreal moment in time. It was a night I dreamt about for so long! I looked at myself in the mirror, and I remembered thinking how pretty my make-up looked, and I didn’t want to take it off. I wanted to stay like “that” forever.
But, it wasn’t the make-up that made me feel that way. It helped, of course. I’ve had make-up on plenty of nights before, but I never felt like that. No, it was my self-confidence. My huge accomplishment! My dream coming to fruition. It was my night. I owned every part of it. I was an on-top-of-the-world author for a night; I felt like Carrie Bradshaw’s character from SEX IN THE CITY. LOL! The beauty I felt, that I saw, was coming from the inside. That’s true beauty. That’s true happiness (just highlighted with some smokey eyes and red lips). It’s a feeling like no other. Self-worth; self-love. Knowing I’ve set my mind to something grand, and I achieved it ~ knowing that I was the one responsible for making one of my greatest wishes come true. I did it! I took action and went after it. I believed. There’s no one or nothing that can take that away. It’s true authentic power ~ the power from within. I felt it, and I never want to forget it.
“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within — strength, courage, dignity.” Ruby Dee