Thursday, December 5, 2019

Seeing the Beauty Within Each of Us

by Heather Portillo

Most of us would welcome a “beauty hack” that could help us love what we see every time we look in the mirror. Countless individuals, women in particular, are constantly searching for products or procedures to dramatically improve their appearance. Many of us are not aware of the counterproductive behavior we engage in every day, which limits or halts our ability to reach optimal health.

Before beginning a new regimen or searching for a new product, we need to start with the mind. When looking in the mirror, do we see a positive self-image and begin each day by cheering ourselves to success? The human body responds to the input it is given. When we are optimistic about change and celebrate achievements toward our goals, the body tends to respond to these positive queues. Do we give ourselves grace or do we give ourselves grief?

Without positive self-images and giving ourselves grace, it is nearly impossible to like what is seen in the mirror. Repeat positive reinforcement phrases, such as, “You’re doing a great job,” “I’m blessed with motivation and perseverance,” or “I made an unhealthy choice today, but that doesn’t mean I’ve failed.”

1 Peter 3:3-4 states: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Above all else, the most valuable “beauty hack” is going to be the trust in ourselves that we are deeply beautiful in our natural design.

The reality is that we could have every cream, capsule and corrective procedure, but we will only see our beautiful selves in the mirror when we are able to recognize the beauty in the person that is looking back at each of us.

Starting today, we need to celebrate the good things about what we truly are. For all the things that need to change, make a list of first steps. Set goals and work toward accomplishing them. Celebrate every achievement and advancement toward becoming the person that each of us was created to be.

Heather Portillo is co-owner of Edmond Wellness, specializing in weight loss, nutritional counseling, ionic foot detoxification, and more. Location: 101 E. Hurd St., Ste. G, Edmond. For more information, call 405-757-4370 or visit