Last year, I went to an event at a church in Long Beach, California; the theme of the event was “Hiding Behind the Lipstick.” The purpose of the event was to illustrate how we as women hide or mask our deepest internal issues, hurts, and insecurities behind our lipstick. Essentially, we mask our issues behind our pretty makeup, cute stilettos, name brand clothes, a man, our children, our degrees, our job, food, sex, drugs, or the church. The real problem with masking our issues is that deep down inside, we know the truth about ourselves, as does the universe, and were definitely not fooling God. We can’t heal when we mask our “daddy issues,” mask the molestation, deep emotional scars, insecurities, childhood abuse, the hurt, the pain, and the fears. If we have trust issues with men, no amount of shoes will heal that distrust. If we have been molested, a PhD will not heal the betrayal. If we carry deep insecurities around, no award or accomplishment will heal that insecurity. If we don’t feel like we’re enough or if we don’t feel beautiful, our new clothes won’t “fix” us. We must heal from the inside out.
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