Beautiful, Courageous You

A Note to self:


be yourself

Often people will ask me what is the significance of my cover design (book yet to be finished). For me, the cover had to be intriguing and have meaning, it was important that the imagery would somehow speak to women young and old in an encouraging tone that says ‘ lift up your weary head, let hope arise and be strengthened by the true knowledge that you are beautiful and courageous’.

The crumpled note being pinned to the wall represents a return to believing the truth about yourself, and consequently a return to happiness. Crumpling of the note is symbolic of what we do with our self belief as life wears us down. As a toddler the words of beauty and courage are written on our hearts we believe we truly are the centre of the universe, our beauty is affirmed by doting adults and we are fearless (except the odd monster under the bed tends to be a bit scary). My little 3 year old little girl believes without doubt she is pretty and perfect in every way, no fear of being too fat or too thin, no fear of what other people think etc… she is free to be a beautiful, courageous little girl.

Sadly, over the years what we believe about ourselves, becomes distorted and fashioned by the influences around us, and this is when we ‘crumple the note’, so to speak, and throw it in the waste paper basket. We gradually lose our 3yo perspective of how amazing, “fearfully and wonderfully made” we truly are. From an early age seeds of doubt and fear take root in our minds as we become aware of judgement from others, cave into peer pressure, and aspire to be just like the false images of airbrushed models. Doubt and fear grow like relentless weeds suffocating all that is true about the beautiful, courageous you. May your journey through this blog (and the book) encourage you to go back to the crumpled note, a note that speaks of your true identity and worth, write out the TRUTH, stick it up on the wall and believe it.

May 2014 be the year that you pursue the real you, the amazing you, the ‘cannot be replaced’ you with reckless abandon. X

Author: beautifulcourageousyou

About me hmmm... Happily married with two children, also the mum of three little ones in Heaven; twin girls and a baby boy. What matters most to me in life; Faith, Family & Fun! By God's Grace I have overcome extreme depression. As I share my journey with you I pray you will be inspired to live a life with vision and purpose, my passion is to offer hope to women young and old. I want to shout across the globe to every woman on the planet "you are Beautiful, you are Courageous" and you are outrageously loved!!

10 thoughts on “A Note to self:

  1. Good post. So often we let the fear of man dictate who we are rather than our Creator God. He knew us before the creation of the world and loved us without strings or condemnation. Listening to the wrong voices ends up stunting us and our worth is trampled. Thank God for his resurrection power that brings life back to our true identity and worth! 🙂

  2. Amen. Be Beautiful because God wouldn’t have it any other way. Be an original because God created no duplicates. I love this message and the photo to go with it is powerful!

    Have a Merry, Merry Christmas each day!


  3. Awesome!! Can’t wait for the book!! Looking forward to reading what God is speaking through it and buying many copies for young mums, friends and family who I’m sure will be encouraged, inspired and uplifted because if it!!
    When is it due to be released and where can we buy it?
    Natalie 🙂

    • Omgoodness! You are so encouraging… my heart is to inspire women, young & old to never give up no matter what life brings across your path. God is greater and able to take all that which the enemy has planned for harm and He turns it into something beautiful. I am working on the final chapter, there have been many hiccups along the way and much adversity… guess that means I am on the right track 😉 Much love to you, Lauralee

      • Oh thank you … what a sweetie you are!
        I am glad to hear that it hasn’t been smooth sailing … that is a definite sign that this is something that scares the pants off satan!! Oh the lives that this will impact once complete. Praise the Lord 🙂
        Please Lord give Lauralee the strength, endurance, passion and love to see this through to completion. May You see this work finished in Your perfect timing … AMEN!

  4. Please let me say how blessed I am to have you following my blog. I trust that we can benefit from the experiences that each one of us has found in our lives. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you. EB@ETS John 17:3

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