I’ve known Morgan since high school. We walked the same hallways and would greet each other in passing. We left those hallways and found ourselves in the same city, and I fell in love with her personality—her consistent search for joy and peace. Morgan has this exquisite smile that makes others feel at ease. However, what I find most alluring about Morgan is her voice. It’s scratchy and kind of tickles, but it commands attention. It’s bold. It’s sexy. A little raspy. It knows what it is and what it wants. Morgan thank you for sharing.
I’ve started this series because through my own self acceptance search/journey I’ve realized that we, as humans, all have problems with our skin suit no matter what it looks like. The point of this series is to confront our flaws AND to highlight our excellence. I hope one day we’ll all be able to wake up and that voice in our mind which lists all our faults on repeat will be much quieter if not silent. The mirror will be less scary. We’ll smile as we pass our gorgeous selves. We’ll have a bounce in our steps. One day we’ll love our bodies exactly as they are right now. We might have bad days . We might have bad weeks. Yet once we unlock that key, that key of self love we’ll know we can get back to a sanctuary within our bodies. Our bodies and our selves are waiting for that love, waiting for that permission to just be. As I said to Morgan (and as I say to all my future spotlights), be gentle with yourself, you are meeting parts of yourself that you have been at war with.
1. What makes you feel beautiful?
My personality makes me feel beautiful. My smile(I think) is one of my best features and whenever I’m in a good mood, I smile, and I love that about myself.
2. What makes you feel powerful?
Achieving my goals makes me feel powerful. Knowing that I worked so hard to complete something, and complete it well, makes me feel on top.
3. What would you tell your past self about beauty and bodies?
Never be ashamed of the skin you’re in. God made you uniquely beautiful for a reason. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
4. How does your skin color make you feel?
Empowering, but also frightened. Empowered when it comes to my education. Frightened when walking down the street.
5. How have you struggled with your body?
I’ve struggled with my stomach. I’ve always always always wanted to have a nice tone stomach w: some abs! The time and deviation with working out and eating right is a heavy toll when trying to manage other things on top of it.
6. Complete this sentence… “In my body is a safe place to be because….”
In my body is a safe because to be because I know myself best and I know the kind of person I am meant to be. I am the skin I’m in and no one but me and define me.
From Morgan, with love.