Some women have a sweet, innocent nature that brings with it a quality of freshness that does not threaten others, but uplifts them and inspires them. These women have a gentle strength that is like a breath of fresh air in our otherwise stressed and striving world.
The Ingénue, like the Baby’s Breath, is the kind of beauty that completes those around her. The flower is often used to cover the stems and spaces in a bouquet. The Ingénue has a creative and complimentary nature that makes her friends all look and feel more beautiful when she is with them. She may appear to be dainty and delicate, but this woman is strong and sturdy, like the flower that is able to survive environments most flowers cannot endure. In fact, as long as this flower has a mostly-sunny environment and well-drained soil that is not acidic, the Baby’s Breath can thrive and grow into great foliage that covers any area it is given. This young lady is like that: She will do whatever you need her to, and she will do it with joy. Unless she has poor soil. This beauty needs to be able to let the rain run off her back, so to speak, if her soil is too heavy and acidic, she cannot thrive, and in her desperation to survive she may not be able to bloom at all.
This delicate beauty is a great example of how our environment affects our beauty. If there is any bitterness in our hearts, it changes a lot about who we are. Some women, when wounded, will try to control their feelings the best they know how, others will let their feelings control them and fight back the best they know how. All of us deal with life according to our experiences, personalities and the coping mechanisms that we have learned. Here are some of the ways women respond to confidence conflicts that come their way: fight back; work hard; become aggressive, hardened or controlling; shut down; become defeated, discouraged or desperate. Can you think of any others? How do you respond to life’s challenges?
Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com
If you are interested in having Catrina come speak to your friends, colleagues or ministry you can contact her on facebook or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.