Erin grew up as a beautiful little girl, but the rest of her peers didn’t see her like that. Instead, classmates would bully her, calling her Big Fat Mama Blue. That obviously didn’t help her self-esteem and confidence.
But, luckily, as she grew older, Erin realized how spectacular she was. With the help of her family always reassuring her that what counts is on the inside, Erin became the best version of herself and started to build her confidence. It all started with a beauty realization, and continued on to her weight loss journey, and so much more.
Keep reading to find out just how awesome this lovely lady is.
Maggie: Let’s start this interview off with one of my favorite questions. What was it like for you, growing up? Did beauty come into play at any point? For example, when I was a young girl, my mom used to buy me all the Barbie dolls in the world, or so it seemed. She always said this Barbie was beautiful and this Barbie was beautiful, just like me. Do you have any memories referencing your beauty, encouraging your own sense of beauty?
Erin: To be honest, I never saw myself as beautiful when I was young. Actually, back in the day, kids would mock my weight and call me Big Fat Mama Blue. It really broke my heart, and I still have flashbacks to this day.
As I grew older and became an adult, I worked hard at gaining more confidence in myself. I know now that I need to express my true personality and allow my inner beauty to shine, but back then, it wasn’t all that easy.
Today, I’m learning to understand that beauty is skin deep. Yes, I struggled with my weight all my life, but my family would always tell me that it’s what’s in your heart that counts the most. I’m trying to realize that every single day.
M: I’m very happy to see your transformation from early childhood to adulthood. Even though there were struggles, I’m glad to know that you’ve overcome the majority of them.
Beauty is skin deep, I can 100% agree with that. Would you say that your definition of beauty is just that, or do you have anything else specific you’d like to add?
E: I’d say that beauty is skin deep because it lies within the heart. As I am showing more of my personality, I begin to shine more. I think to showcase beauty, you have to show off your personality and allow it to shine.
M: Awesome mindset you have there, Erin. Do you think that some specific life experiences may have pushed you in a positive direction? Maybe certain things happened that inspired your confidence to show off your personality?
E: Truthfully, I have PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS is a condition where I have severe infertility issues. Because of this, I was never able to have children of my own. PCOS can do other things to a woman, too, including excess hair growth, weight gain, and so much more.
I’ve tried my hardest to live a healthier, better life. My motivation allowed me to drop 90 pounds. Now, my confidence is so much stronger. I think that’s one of the reasons I can finally see my beauty.
M: It seems to me like your confidence is growing daily and I’d like to jot down some words of wisdom and share them with other women, if that’s alright with you. Do you have anything that comes to mind, any words that could potentially help other women see their beauty?
E: Hmm, I’d say not to let others bring you down no matter what. If they don’t see your true inner beauty and what lies in your heart, just move on from that person. Don’t let the negativity stay in your life.
Always remember, we are all beautiful in our own special way.
M: There’s something so special about each and every woman; it’s true, we do have so many characteristics that make us beautiful, different from the last or the next.
Your words do speak volumes, whether you realize it or not. With that being said, do you think there is anything about yourself that makes you a strong and empowering woman?
E: I think we all have our trials and tribulations that make us the strong women that we are.
We’re able to take what we’ve learned and share that wisdom with others, and that’s part of our phenomenal strength. I mean, we all are strong in unique and interesting ways, even if we do carry a ton of burdens and responsibilities on our backs.
I say, just strive to be the best version of yourself. I know that’s what I do.
Be the best version of yourself – now that’s something I can try to do each and every day. It doesn’t take too much.
My advice? Be confident, kind, patient, and honest. That’s what I’ll do to be the best version of myself, along with a few other things, but I won’t bore you with the details.
Erin was right. If you look at what’s inside, what’s in the heart, you’ll find your true beauty. Then, you can use that inner beauty to inspire others to be great. All it takes is one woman to change the positive view of another, and today, you can be that woman. I know Erin was the gal that did it for me.
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