By Savvy Cooper

Agonizing periods. Mile long lines for the bathroom. Paying the “pink tax” for tampons and pads that aren’t accessories when advertisers sell them as if they were. Using different colors and designs with bikini-wearing, beach volleyball players on the boxes. Nine months of sharing a body followed by hours of grueling labor to bring another “bundle of joy” into the world.

On top of all that, there’s an evident pressure to meet standards set by photoshop. Life as a female is anything but easy.

Coming back to school this fall, people say that I’ve gained a new glow in everything that I do. That glow came from me not only accepting, but fully embracing who I am and being more than okay with it.

Savvy Cooper

It’s a concept that’s far easier said than done, I know, but girls need to look in the mirror and embrace all they have. More importantly, we need to stop harshly judging everything that makes us unique.

The process of accepting who you are is ongoing, but you can incorporate some things like a daily quote or idea to remind yourself of your worth. My favorite one and feel free to use it is “Know your worth and then add tax.”

If quotes aren’t your thing, then go to music. Sometimes simply listening to music while walking around to class or getting ready in the morning gets you in a mood or gives you a much needed boost. Even Beyoncé said she’s a train wreck in the morning. Her song “Flaws and All” highlights embracing every little thing about yourself and loving others in the same way.

On top of quotes and music, there’s also makeup. Makeup is a tricky mechanism because there’s a fine line between letting it determine your value and using it to accentuate your natural beauty. The ultimate powerhouse, Rihanna, recently released a makeup line that has shaken the beauty industry. The products took over two years to make, and makeup consumers across the world have taken notice. 40 shades of foundation were released for all shades of beauty, which the makeup industry often neglects.

Most importantly, turn to God’s Word and find that He already painted His masterpiece, and there isn’t any need to manipulate that.

Song of Solomon 1:5-6 says, “Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon. Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.”

To me, this verse reminds us that we shouldn’t judge one another, but rather embrace what God has blessed us with.

Girls, we run the world and look amazing while doing it; so don’t let the pressures to be something you’re not stop you from shining your individuality.