Character: The Romantic woman is sensual in her appearance and in nature. She naturally gives great attention to the elements of taste, smell, touch and especially visual appeal.
Like the orchid, this woman’s beauty is luscious and captivating, but sometimes hard to bring to bloom. Orchids will not share their astonishing flowers with the world if they are not cared for properly. They need sun and water like any other flower, but caring for them is very intricate. They are a tropical flower that needs warmth but must have a change in climate or they will not bloom. They need to be in the sun but cannot take direct sunlight; they need to be watered slowly and precisely because too much or too little water will shut down their blooming. Some of them like to be root-bound in order to bloom; others like the freedom and drainage of a larger pot. You need to study this flower if you are going to succeed in drawing out its amazing qualities. The Romantic’s beauty is delicate like that. Both the plant and the woman will endure poor conditions, but neither will share the beauty they have to offer. An Orchid will fill its pot with its large leaves and empty stems; the Romantic woman will fill her life with serving others but never really be able to offer her whole self because neglect causes her to shut down and stuffs away her own needs and desires.
It is not unusual for Romantics to get pushed and pulled by others, especially men. Maybe it’s because during their formative years they are Ingénues (the Delicate Beauty), maybe it’s because they are so compassionate about others and so giving in nature that they believe others are gentle and generous too, or perhaps it is because they seldom put their own wants or needs ahead of others’. I don’t know, but I have ministered to many Romantics who have been deeply wounded by others.
Romantics are full-figured women, or at least they have a curvy structure, very often a figure 8. I would say that about 75% of the Romantics I know developed their beautiful curves at a very young age. Some hit puberty when they are still children, although they are not the only Img.IDs that may develop young; for these girls, because they are sensitive emotionally, it becomes an issue. A Natural or Gamine who has boys gawking at her and girls cruel with jealousy toward her may say, “stupid kids!” but a Romantic feels things deeply and when the battle she is facing is a more mature issue than her years have granted her wisdom for, she makes vows to herself that are often very strong by the time she recognizes them.
Vulnerability is beautiful. If you are a Romantic, you are elegant and feminine with large, flirty eyes and full lips (unless you are a combination Img.ID) and everything about you is soft and gentle. Don’t allow the hard knocks of life to make you hard or harsh. BE who you were designed to be. Enjoy serving others, but do not neglect yourself. Making other people comfortable is your passion and gift; remember that people are most comfortable around those who are confident. When you love yourself well, you love others far better than you could by being self-sacrificial.
As an “Image consultant without the shopping obsession,” Catrina’s passion is in helping women and girls overcome confidence conflicts by unveiling the power and purpose of their personal Image Identity (Img.ID) and teaching them to accentuate their authentic beauty so they can forget about their appearance and think about others. Consider having her as a speaker for your next event. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Goodreads or click here to contact her directly.