Happy Easter Fashionistas!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! What a joyous time for us to celebrate! This is only my second year celebrating Easter as a Catholic and every year it gets better and better. The Easter Vigil was beautiful as always with the church beautifully decorated and everyone dressed to the nines tens in celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and love for us – dying on the cross for our sins and rising back from the dead defeating death and forgiving us of all of our sins.
As you are probably aware from my previous post, getting to Easter can be pretty laborious but very fruitful. So let’s talk about what I learned from those 40 days of Lent – namely my 40- day Closet Challenge.
Going into this challenge was pretty intimidating and honestly, I didn’t think I was gonna last. I absolutely love my clothes…and I mean love them! My clothes are my way of expressing myself and feeling beautiful inside and out. However, I also knew that I used my clothes as a safety blanket, to cover up many of the flaws and insecurities that I had. When I felt unloved and ugly, I would use my clothes to make myself feel pretty and loved but in reality, what I needed was to accept and love myself – flaws and all. So with this challenge, I had that exactly in mind – Learn about self love and true beauty ❤
I started out pretty well (as most would expect) but started really to feel the struggles two weeks in especially when National Eating Disorder Awareness Week came around. That week was a really powerful week for me since I have been recovering from an eating disorder for about a year and a half now. That week I did an extra challenge to learn to love myself by focusing on helping and loving others in any little way possible. However, as great as that week was, I still wasn’t feeling any changes on loving myself. It felt like I was missing something and a lot of times I thought to myself, what’s the point of this? I wasn’t feeling any different than when I started other than I was getting sick of the same old clothes. Nonetheless, I didn’t give up and I just continued the challenge hoping that maybe I’ll learn something soon. And I did….eventually… on March 4, during daily mass at the church near my work place.
The gospel reading for that day was about Love:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself”
-Mark 12: 28-34
What a beautiful reading and it was exactly what I needed to hear. All this time I was trying to love myself by focusing only on myself, but in reality, the person who I had to focus on and love was God. To love myself I first had to love God with all my heart – and to love God, I had to love my neighbors – to love my neighbors, I had to love myself. The three go together and to miss one would be missing all three. Yes – by limiting my clothes and living a more simpler life I was able to love myself but ultimately, the true love and beauty is God. GOD IS LOVE! He made me in his image and likeness because he loves me – flaws and all.
So there you have it! God is true beauty and love. So now what? Lent is over and the challenge is over. It’s time to finally celebrate! You’re probably thinking would I do this challenge again?? DEFINITELY NOT! As much as I loved learning more about how to love myself, taking away my clothes was definitely a bigger struggle than I imagined. I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it but it is something I will definitely not do again.
HAPPY EASTER ❤
If you participated in Lent, what was something you learned?
What did you wear on Easter?
What’s one way you love yourself and others around you?