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Real Beauty from the Inside Out

 

Without question our external appearance is important. Studies show that it takes less than 30 seconds for people to form an impression on you based on the way you look.

It is no wonder that the image and fashion industry is as successful as it is today. Celebrity culture, the rise in plastic surgery, the red carpet glitz and glamour, ubiquitous designer fashion, makeup madness– all these cultural forces focus on the external appearance. But without innate self-confidence and self-acceptance, and strong, unchanging core values, your external image is merely a facade.  It’s just window dressing.

It’s like getting a gift, beautifully wrapped with ribbons and trimmings and pretty paper, and opening the gift and finding your recipient gave you a water globe. Unless you’re a fan of water globes, you’d be very disappointed and even feel misled. So too, we can dress ourselves in the latest duds, put our best face forward, literally, and still feel ourselves wanting.

When I was an image consultant, coaching women on how to express their best external self to others, my professional philosophy was grounded on what issues or challenges my clients may be facing on the ‘inside’. Without tackling these issues from an image coaching perspective, it would have been difficult for me to properly advise and help my clients achieve their external image goals.

This viewpoint has even deeper meaning for me as a Christian woman. In 1 Peter 3: 3-4, women are instructed not to be concerned “about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.” Instead Peter says we should “clothe (y)ourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” Again in Colossians, Paul advises us to “clothe (y)ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”. Colossians 3:12

This notion of clothing myself in attributes that are pleasing to God really appeals to me. I see that the more I desire to be a woman after God’s own heart, how I am literally being transformed from the inside out, with each passing day. That inner sweetness is more precious to me than any item hanging in my closet. And it is not something I have to strive for on my own. It happens because I desire it, pray for it, and let God’s spirit live and move in me.

As an image coach I could show women how to dress to impress, but only with the help of God (and for some the help of a good therapist), could their hurts and hang-ups be healed so they really could reflect the beauty that truly comes from within.


Natalie Jobity is an inspirational author, branding coach, marketing consultant and freelance writer. She is the author of the Amazon Best-selling style guide Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Read more of her inspirational posts on her website. Email her at Elanimage07@gmail.com.

 

 

Frumpy To Fabulous: Flaunting It. *Free* Download Oct 23rd – 25th!

 

Frumpy To Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style, the self-help book I wrote to empower women to show up as their highest and finest version of themselves turns 7 years old this month! To celebrate, I will be offering a Kindle promotion on October 23rd through October 25th 2017. During the promotion the book can be downloaded for free!  Yes, free!

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve done any marketing for this book, and even though in the fashion industry 7 years is a long time, the truisms about style, image and presence are timeless. Since the book was published, I’ve heard from many women across the world about how the book was an agent for change in their lives.

“I’m still a work in progress, but this book has taken the dread out of shopping for me, and it’s not very often that I read a book that has such a quick and positive impact on my life and my perspective, so THANK YOU!!” Reader

When I wrote the book, my intention was to give women the advice and the encouragement to know they could look amazing no matter what body or image issues they were challenged with. I wanted to convey to my readers that they could be that shining star, that their brilliance was in their uniqueness and they just needed to show up and manifest it. That yes, they could “Flaunt It”. The term “Flaunt It” is not about arrogant self-aggrandizement, but rather about being confident in one’s own skin. The image of the “Diva” on the cover is all about self-confidence.

The important truth underlying the book, however, is that while there are myriad tips and tricks to look great, it truly starts from within. It starts with intention and it starts with a positive self-image.  I feel that those messages are even more relevant today.

Below is a short video (5 minutes, promise!) of an interview I conducted at a book signing event at Howard University in 2011. In the interview I explain why I revised the book shortly after its initial publication and the heart of the message I wanted readers to take away from the book. (Apologies in advance for the video quality as it was taken with a Flip Video camera!) 

To take advantage of the promotion, all you have to do is visit the book’s Amazon Kindle site from October 23rd to October 25th where the Kindle price will be listed as $0. Click HERE.

During that time the book can be down loaded for free. After October 25th 2017, the Kindle version of Frumpy To Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style will revert back to its current price of $5.99. The promotion is only for the Kindle version. The price of the paperback version of the book will remain unchanged at $11.95.

Please do share the promotion with your friends and family! You can read reviews from readers HERE  and on the Amazon page.
I appreciate your support!!

Natalie


Natalie Jobity is an inspirational author, branding coach, marketing consultant and freelance writer. She is the author of the Amazon Best-selling style guide :Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Read more of her inspirational posts on her website. Email her at Elanimage07@gmail.com.