We are still in awe with this beautiful post by Emily, whose Ugly Duckling Story we shared a couple of months ago. Here’s part 1 of Beautifully Made. Make sure you leave comments for her below!
Ever since I shared my story with Ugly Ducklings Inc, my perception on events have changed and many of them I saw mirrored in my daily life.
The idea of Beautifully Made came up about a year ago, but I really had no basis for it when I was still battling within myself. However, I decided to re-launch this cause recently because the timing was finally right.
After I finally got my story out there it has been easier to smile and I want others to be able to feel that joy as well. Recently I revisited my old church where many teenage girls were talking about their life problems and that is when I realized that maybe the deep scars only brought by those closest to you are not that uncommon.
There were a massive amount that were abandoned by their fathers or were abused and each of them seemed to be taking it out on themselves. Whether with cutting, an eating disorder, or drugs, they were experiencing shame and pain beyond measure because of what someone else had done to them.
What Beautifully Made was created for is a safe haven for these young ladies to share their stories and gradually come to the point of acceptance. Teaching them that what may have happened was never their fault and to try and teach them to love every part of themselves.
When someone has hurt you to the point of destroying a large part of you, there is a space of darkness that eats you alive.
Only when you accept what happened, forgive whoever had done it, and release that pain can you really go forward.
That is the objective that I am trying to accomplish with this growing group. No story is too deep and damaged that you cannot recover from it.
The core of what we stand for is within Psalm 139, it is a very good projection of what we will all try to understand about ourselves and the world around us.
We are starting as a small group meeting at a friend’s house and a Facebook page, but I am hoping that we can make the idea spread.
This is not just a problem in the small state of North Carolina, it is worldwide. Even giving just the smallest bit of hope to those going down similar paths that we have previously walked through can mean all the difference.
Even if you are still recovering from old wounds you can help influence others for the better.
I guess I’m just trying to say that whatever you have been through or are going through, every piece of you is beautiful.
Emily is 20 years old, and lives in North Carolina. For years she struggled with depression, an eating disorder, and self-harm. About five years down the line she decided to share her story in the hopes of helping others with similar struggles. After the idea came about, the rest is history.