feel beautiful.

pretty. what is pretty? If you ask me, it’s the describing adjective you use when you don’t want to fully commit to saying the passionate and meaningful word, beautiful. it only makes sense in my opinion for every individual to not just think of themselves so shallowly as pretty, but instead, as beautiful. that doesn’t mean you have to be the most attractive person alive, but you respect yourself enough to see your beautiful qualities instead of a body made of flaws.
trust me, I know it’s a struggle to not want to pick out everything you don’t like about your face, weight, hair or body. but it’s important to remember that you were made to be an imperfect being. within being flawed, you are still as beautiful as you believe you are. if you spend too much time and effort worrying about your imperfections you’re only tearing yourself down and being unhappy. and I believe beauty comes from happiness. be you, come to love yourself and stop using the word ‘pretty’ as if it means something. be bold and use vocabulary like beautiful to show yourself and others around you that what’s important isn’t only how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. love your strong qualities and come to love your weak ones. be different and unchanged by the twisted society we call our generation.
I was feeling beautiful just the other day, why should I feel ashamed? be confident and show your beauty off. don’t hold back. have a light inside you that people are drawn to, not one that turns them away.

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli

“Confidence is the only key. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”
– Emma Stone

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/af9/76864877/files/2014/12/img_6893.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/af9/76864877/files/2014/12/img_6879.jpg

and no I did not shave half of my head. those are corn rows.
and yes I only paid $10 for that amazing necklace that makes me feel beautiful and sassy. treat yourself, girl. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

a daze in the maize.

today I went to my small town’s annual pumpkin patch. while enjoying the sun beams on my back and the company of good friends, i couldn’t be more grateful for the beauty surrounding me. walking through the corn maze brought back countless memories of past autumn seasons. running until i couldn’t catch my breath, trying to find the way out before anyone else. it brought me back to a time when i marveled at even the smallest adventure. i could find fun in any small task. the way the corn stalks made my skin itch and the “squash” of the mud under my feet. there are so many things to take wonder in, in this world, yet so many fail to do so when the opportunities arise. sometimes we all wish we were small again, with our lives ahead of us, but what is so different now, then things used to be? deep down we are still those little souls trying to find our way in the maze (life, maybe). don’t underestimate the fact that enjoyment comes in all shapes and sizes, to anyone who is willing to receive it with open arms, no matter your age, size, talents or past. take joy in the little things, whether it be taking a walk in your neighborhood, going through a corn maze in fall or spending time with people who make you smile. be grateful for everything. don’t keep your head down, or you’ll miss the natural beauty hiding in the corn & sky.

IMG_5526.JPG