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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