Born Beautiful story @themotherhoodkind

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Tell us about yourself in 50 words or less. We want to know one or two things that you'd want someone to know about you?

Hi! My name is Malia and I teach Fashion at a local Community College in Southern California. I love to sew, write for my blog and do many creative DIY projects! I have three kids that I bring along for my adventures.

What are you most grateful for in life?

I am most grateful for my family and friends. Those connections mean the world to me.

Who do you find beautiful – and what makes them beautiful to you?

My sister! She has a voice to stand up for what she believes in. Through her non-profit organization Dressember, she has raised over a million dollars to help women and children escape a life of sex trafficking. Not only is she outwardly beautiful, she uses her voice to empower others.

Was there ever a time that you felt ugly? What happened and how did you react?

There have been times when I have not felt beautiful. It has happened at times where I had chosen the selfish route, to stay comfortable and self protect. Gossiping is something that tears down others and I definitely feel ugly when I have done it! Jealousy is also deteriorates oneself. When I risk vulnerability with others and share my true self, that is when I feel most brave, beautiful and happy. I have learned to admire other people’s beauty without questioning my own.

Based on the time above, when did you realize that you were beautiful?

The moment I realized I was I was beautiful was the moment I chose to believe it. It was only a few years ago, but I learned that I was beautiful and not to make apologies for my life.... to own it and help other women do the same.

What makes you beautiful?

Confidence and a good smile is what makes me beautiful.

How has your idea of beauty changed over the years?

My idea of beauty has changed over the years. I used to think it was all outward, but now I realize that character is what completes true beauty. Who you are on the inside will radiate to the outside.

If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

I would tell myself that I was enough: “You alone are enough. The mere belief in yourself is what you need to forge ahead and break though. Believe you are worthy of the good things ahead. You deserve them, girl!”

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