what my twenties are teaching me: Amanda from Marshalls Abroad

Before you read Amanda’s amazing post, I wanted to let everyone know that this series will indeed end!  ha.  This friday to be precise.  I’ve had so many women tell me that they’d love to share in this series, so on Friday when I share my own lessons I’ll be putting up one of those linky tools.  I’d love for anyone to link up with what their own twenties have taught // teaching them.  Ok!  now go and read something incredibly inspiring below…!

Hi lovely Fairy Tales Are True readers! 
I’m Amanda from Marshalls Abroad and love this series that Sadie is doing. 
I think a really powerful lesson I’ve learned in my {up + down} twenties is this…
You are beautiful.  You are enough.  
The world we live in is twisted and broken and for your entire life you will be subjected to all kinds of lies that tell you that you are not enough.  You are not thin enough.  You are not tan enough.  You are not smooth, soft, shiny, firm, tight, fit, silky, blonde, hairless enough.  Your teeth are not white enough.  Your legs are not long enough.  Your clothes are not stylish enough.  You are not educated enough.  You don’t have enough experience.  You are not creative enough.
There is a beauty industry, a fashion industry, a television industry, (and most unfortunately) a pornography industry: and all of these have unique ways of communicating to bright young women: you are not beautiful, sexy, smart or valuable enough.
You must have the clarity and common sense to know that none of that is true. None of it.
You were created for a purpose, exactly so.  You have innate value.  You are loved more than you could ever comprehend; it is mind-boggling how much you are adored.  There has never been, and there will never be another you.  Therefore, you have unique thoughts to offer the world.  They are only yours, and we all lose out if you are too fearful to share them.
You are beautiful.  You are valuable.  You are enough.
I think this lesson is especially important if it can be learned before finding or lookin for a man.
 {dorks back in our baby 20’s days}
 When you know this down deep, your standards will stay high. 
Confront all the lies that try to rob us as women on a daily basis and know with all your heart that you are precious and loved and so valuable. You’ll be a much stronger woman, friend and wife {potential or present} if you do. 

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  • Reply Annie

    "I am enough" is good to be reminded of every now and then, it's easy to lose sight of that.

    That's a really cute picture of you both.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Candice

    Yes, yes, yes! Thank you so much for that reminder. It is so easy to lose sight of our value and worth in the confusion of society's messages.

    Love the photo of you and Cam. Adorbs.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Liz

    loved this more than I could ever express. I needed to hear this – we all need this reminder.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply christine donee

    if only we were reminded of this every single day

    May 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Allie

    Love Amanda and her blog! So inspiring!

    May 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Holly

    I love Amanda, she's always so positive & inspiring – I'm just in love with her take on the world.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Ana F.

    That's a great post, Amanda. I think its so easy to get swamped with pictures of what we think we should look like. Appreciating ourselves is definitely something to learn for life!

    May 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Jane {In the Pink and Green}

    Such a great lesson! Love Amanda's blog! πŸ™‚

    May 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Sheila @ The FailteHouse

    I love this and the beautiful words of wisdom…how true, we are enough πŸ™‚

    May 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Katherine Krieg

    this is lovely! couldnt agree more!!

    May 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Ashley Blossom

    This could have never been said any better.

    Thanks for that reminder today! It's such a valuable, valuable lesson that we seem to spend our lives learning!

    May 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Raven

    words spoken SO true. And I believe that common sense is just not common enough. loved this.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    wonderful post amanda! really enjoyed it! and sarah, such a great series, looking forward to hear what the 20s taught you on Friday! xx

    May 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle (michabella)

    Love this! You are such an inspiration Amanda!!! And Sarah- I love this series you've been doing. I made sure to read your blog while I was on vacay! I am excited to link up on Friday. I've learned so much in my 20s! What provoked you to do this series?

    May 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Andrea Voci

    Best post yet my dear and I will agree that this is the best lesson I learned in my 20's also. Probably the most important one of all. I am worthy.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Mariel Torres

    So beautifully put! Sarah, I've enjoyed this series so much. I'll miss them lots.

    May 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm
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