What's Beautiful?Heather Neal
While I have a son and not a daughter, it still makes me ponder the question: what is beautiful?
It’s not about being the skinniest, the prettiest, or the most gorgeous. It’s not about perfect skin, pretty hair, or the best beach body. It’s not about what you can’t do or haven’t done. It’s about what you are going to do and what you’re capable of if you push yourself beyond your own limits. And most of all, it’s about joining each other to make it happen.
The What’s Beautiful challenge by Under Armour is providing a platform to do exactly that. They’re challenging us as women to look beyond the surface and redefine the female athlete by showing the world what we’re made of. It’s a competition to encourage us to set big goals and tackle them head on. Beyond that, it’s about fighting the stigma of beauty only being skin deep by allowing us to join forces as teams. Embracing the spirit of a team holds you accountable for your goals, provides support, and encourages you to keep going when you think you can’t. Whether your goal is to beat your half marathon PR, add 20 pounds to your front squat, or show your kids that exercise is fun, it’s time to bust these goals out of the water. It’s time to show our kids the beauty in strength, persistence, and drive.
It doesn’t matter that my son’s not a girl. How am I going to teach him to judge beauty as inner strength, perseverance, and determination, and not by physical appearance? By being a role model, that’s how. And these 23 women are prime examples of the type of influence I want my son to have. They’re just a few of the hundreds of women that have already signed up for the What’s Beautiful challenge. I encourage you to sign up along side them or join their team. Create your own team, join a team, or join lots of teams. Then interact with the community of unrivaled support and encouragement. Engage in the challenges presented each week and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Set a goal -a BIG goal- and go after it. Say it now: #IWILL achieve my goal. Because accomplishment is #whatsbeautiful.[collection type=’slideshow’ style=’classic’]
What’s YOUR goal? Leave it in the comments below!
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