How many times in your life have you stopped yourself from doing something that you love? I’m guessing you would say most of the time. I have too! I have curbed my wishes, passion, dreams and desires due to reasons that go beyond explanation. Did that make me happy? No! I did not realise the fact that stopping myself from doing things I longed for did not serve any purpose. I honestly never thought about the fact that I could be harming myself. I did not have a very great childhood. I was a curvy girl who was supposed to have a fair skin tone(cos north Indian!) but ended up with dusky complexion. Can you imagine how difficult your childhood years can be when you are overweight? You are not only stereotyped about things you should or should not do, but in actuality there were things that you couldn’t do. I stopped myself from enjoying on the swing set thinking it might break because of my weight. It started there. At that tender age. My insecurities took birth then and grew everyday with me. My teenage years were not only filled with comments on my weight and colour, I had acne too to accompany me. Now I was not only given weight loss tips, but skin care tips followed them too. This continued and still continues.
A person like me, who in the eyes of society is the opposite of pretty decided to be a part of an industry that patronizes people like me! The fashion industry. I cannot tell you the amount of courage I had to gather to start my blog. I had to be bold and courageous and take that leap of faith. I had this urge to follow my passion and be a part of something I really wanted to. Was it easy? Not at all! Is it easy now? No way! Do people really appreciate a curvy fashion blogger? Who are we kidding, absolutely not! But I am bold enough to accept the fact that I am different from others. I am not in denial about myself. I made myself aware about me being different from others and accepted myself. It was a bold step for me to dress up, put my make up on and stand in the middle of the street and get my pictures clicked! Yes, I did it! It might be very easy for others, but for me, doing that small thing in itself was an achievement. I won the day I decided to change my attitude towards myself.
I do certain small things that I generally stop myself from doing. I always wanted to do something different with my hair. I wanted front bangs for myself. This seems stupid and small, but to convince myself to do that was very difficult. What will my parents say, will it make me look fat, will I look like a child. The thoughts were endless! One day, I just took off for the salon in the middle of the day and got myself the hair I wanted! And boy did I feel good and liberated! I just did what I wanted to do. The compliments were endless. This is just a small example. I do such small things everyday to feel motivated.
People come up to me and say, for your body you are very confident. Yes, that is a compliment. But it is no less than telling a differently-abled person that you are doing good for the situation you are in. But I let go of such thoughts and keep myself positive and look at the brighter side of things.
People will come and tell you things, advice you. But they don’t know your journey. They don’t know anything about your life, your insecurities. You are the best judge of your life. Decide what you want in life and work your a** off to achieve it. There is no substitute for hard work. You cannot blame the hurdles of society or your insecurities. Nobody cares about your struggles. Be bold enough to face anything that comes your way. Surround yourself with people who appreciate you and accept you the way you are. You are one decision away from being happy. I took one bold decision at a time. Are you bold enough to take that decision?
Share your story with me. I would love to read them. Happy Women’s Day!
Take care of nature and nature will take care of you. This philosophy incorporated by Banjara’s couldn’t be truer! This phrase made me ponder upon the endless ways we need the beauty of nature and how we are being ignorant about the fact that we are destroying it every moment by some way or the other. Everything surrounding us has harsh chemicals which are no good for us. Our food is adulterated, water is dirty, air is impure and the products which we use are unnatural.
Amidst all these artificial things, a brand like Banjara’s comes in like a breath of fresh air. I have been using their products for quite some time now and even though I am collaborating with the brand, I wouldn’t be lying when I say that I completely loved whatever I used. I started using the multani mitti pack some time ago and the results were exactly what I expected. A natural solution to skin problems! I have a very sensitive skin and harsh chemicals causes breakouts, pigmentation and scars on my face. But Banjara’s being natural, works well on my skin. I have to say that the product might work slow, but that is a price I am willing to pay. Also, it is essential to take proper care after using any pack or product on your face. If certain small things are taken care of, it is best to stick to herbal and ayurvedic products like Banjara’s. They have a range of face packs, hair oil, hair packs and face wash which cater to all your skin woes.
The cherry on the cake is the fact that Banjara’s is a cruelty-free brand. They do not test their products on animals. So I don’t know if it’s safe for your dogs or not, it sure as hell is safe for you guys (That is if you are not an animal :P)!
If you still don’t believe me, you can try them yourself! For free! You can register HERE for free samples of their products.