A Thought on Self-Confidence

 

I posted this photo on my instagram yesterday and mentioned how I used to be so self-conscious of the rather large birthmark running across my ribs (it is hard to see in the photo above with the filter). However, as I grew older and wiser, I came to realize that instead of being embarrassed by it, I should embrace it because this mark is what makes me an individual. This is a gentle reminder to love yourself because despite what social media advertises, perfection isn’t realistic. Instead, I really wish society celebrated the imperfections more often.

Do you know what Enclothed Cognition actually means? I chose this title for my blog because I wanted there to be a focus on building self-confidence within yourself. Working in fashion can get a bad rep because many view it as materialistic and superficial. Yet, if we look at fashion at a different angle, enclothed cognition comes to light and highlights the idea that we can gain confidence by merely feeling good in the clothes we decide to wear.

Listen: My talk on fashion & self-love via the podcast, “The Tao of Self-Confidence”

I wanted to bring up this subject of self-confidence yet again because I think we all should be continually reminded to love ourselves. I started a new installment on this blog a month ago where I interview people and their take on the correlation between how we dress and how we feel. I will be continuing this segment very soon, so please stay tuned! Also, if you have anyone in particular you wish for me to interview, drop a comment down below.

Read: Enclothed Cognition – Claudia Jordan

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79 Replies to “A Thought on Self-Confidence”

  1. I love this post. I've always found birthmarks quite beautiful and I'm glad to hear it's something that you now embrace, as it's these details which make us each unique. I certainly agree that the way we dress can do a great deal for our confidence and it's amazing what a transformation it can make to someones self esteem. Very wise words indeed, I'm definitely going to go and check out your interview posts. 🙂

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  2. I love this post! I started my own blog, Daily Kongfidence to show just that – feeling confident in ourselves no matter what we wear or how we look or how old we are. We should own it and rock it. This top is beautiful and I love that it shows off your birthmark. I can't wait to see more on this self confidence! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  3. I've always been like this with my boobs, I've always been known as the girl with big boobs, and would love a reduction, but I'd never put my body in a position where I could possibly harm it over something like this. It's quite refreshing to read a blog about someones life, rather than the typical posts about the latest fashion trends, so thank you for this!

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  4. This was such an empowerful post! When I tell everybody that I love the scars that people have they don't believe me but I really mean it. Like, there is an story behind that mark, and it's part of who you are and we should all be proud of them. For example, I have a scar on my forehead, and a lot of people tease me that I'm "Harry Potter" but I laugh when they say that because I fuckin' love Harry and it's an amazing character hahah. So I think we should always look at the bright side of our insecurities.
    I didn't know what enclothed cognition means but I think it's amazing and it shows that you're a beautiful human being that deserves nothing but happiness 🙂

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  5. This post rang a bell with me because I also have a birthmark on my stomach, just above my belly button. I absolutely hated it when I was younger. I hated wearing bikinis because I thought it was so ugly and that everyone was looking at it judging it. Like you, I was so embarrassed about it. It's funny looking back at that now because I am not sure what happened or how my view changed but now I don't even remember it's there half the time.

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