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Beauty and Health: Setting Limits

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…for all the progress women have made over the years, there is still a deep divide.

This is a quote from my classmate’s thoughtful blog post, The Cult of Beauty. She was reacting to this Newsweek article which I found to be rather fascinating, and referred to some shocking statistics on how much money women spend on beauty throughout their lifetime.

In addition to the posted Newsweek article, I was quite intrigued by the comments left by readers. The seems to be an even deeper divide between inner and outer beauty, as well as peoples’ opinions on them. I have to agree that it’s sad that girls are beginning to obsess over makeup at younger and younger ages. I remember not even thinking twice about makeup until I reached the 6th grade when I saw a classmate applying mascara in the girl’s locker room. That was the point of no return; I was intrigued! But I remember how upset my parents would get if they ever saw me wearing lipstick; wow, they really flipped out when they saw my first attempt at trying to pluck my own eyebrows!

Let me first say, that I truly believe that there is a direct link between beauty, health, and confidence; the results of a healthy lifestyle is portrayed through an individual in the form of beauty and happiness. Beauty is not everything.

While the definition of feminine beauty varies from culture to culture and generation to generation, the core concept is the same: to feel good about yourself. However, if a woman is able to be confidence without any regard to her looks, more power to her! In a way, when a woman is feeling confident and beautiful on the inside, it can really show on the outside. This holds true for me some days, but other days – I feel more confident when my exterior is presentable (especially after getting a fresh haircut or buying a new cosmetic product) and I’m taking good care of myself (exercise & diet). Makeover shows such as 10 Years Younger, What Not to Wear, and even The Biggest Loser are perfect examples of how beauty and health affects your mood and character; I do admit though, some of the examples on those shows are over the top and it makes me wonder if any of the characters really keep up with the new lifestyle long after the show is over.

Some of this may sound superficial, but one thing holds true. We should not let beauty become an obsession for tweens and other youngsters; once it does, their morals become clouded and their innocence is lost way too early.

Who is Sheri?

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If you’ve read my first few blog posts, you’ve probably wondered who was behind the words and ideas. My name is Sheri and I am a first-year graduate student at Georgetown University. I am majoring in PR/Corporate Communications, which has so far proved to be very challenging and interesting! I am taking two courses, and this blog was originated as an ongoing assignment for my Social Media class. However, I fully intend on keeping this blog going long after the class is over. I will try to post on a (semi-)regular basis with an interesting tidbit or two 🙂 Here’s just a few of my main interests, and some background:

Writing

I always remember keeping a journal. I was never consistent, but technology has made it easier than ever. I started writing poetry 18 years ago, and published some of my works online as early as 2001. I am now using a more convenient method of expressing myself not only to better understand myself, but for the world to experience. I hope to publish my own book of poetry in the near future.

I’ve been a professional Technical Writer since I graduated from UMBC four years ago; it is tough adhering to so many rules when my inner creative juice wants to flow! But I’ve learned a LOT.

Yoga, Running, and Fitness

While I was an athletic child (swim team and soccer), I found myself being less and less active towards the end of high school. After college, I started picking goals for myself such as 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathon (13.1 miles) races – it was the only way I could keep myself in consistent shape. I finally gathered the courage to run the Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 miles) in October 2008. It was one of the most amazing (and painful) experiences of my life! I picked up Yoga to keep myself flexible and injury-free.

Fitness is a huge part of my life because it keeps me sane, focused, and boosts my confidence levels out the roof 😉

Beauty/Fashion

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This is definitely one of my “girlier” interests. While my knowledge on the subject of fashion is limited to reality shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, I have such a deep love and appreciation for hair, skin, makeup, and wardrobe.

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Raised on classical piano instruction, I’ve always had an emotional connection with music in more ways that my peers did. Today, my taste ranges from Drum and Bass to Classic Rock to Jazz to Metal to Hip Hop. I listen to what suits my mood. I support local artists by going to DC area shows on a regular basis.

Travel

Having grazed the East and West Coasts, parts of Europe and the Middle East, and Mexico – I continually hunger for more exploration. If I had to list all of the places I’d want to visit, we’d be here a while. Don’t get me wrong, my hometowns of Philly and DC are wonderful. I just really appreciate culture and adventurous life experiences.

Politics

I never though I’d admit this, but politics is my guilty pleasure. Again, my knowledge to this area is somewhat limited but I find it all so captivating, and makes my life not seem so dramatic 😉

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