sakura bloom sling diaires : beauty

posted on: Wednesday, March 13, 2013


When we became pregnant with baby number three, the mister gestured to my fashion magazines and said, "Well, if we have a girl, these will have to go."


I love that he's suspicious about mainstream representations of beauty and femininity.

But I think that whether or not our daughter feels good about herself  has less to do with media and more to do with her ability to think critically.


There is good and bad in most things; most things are not inherently one or the other.


The catch: we are vulnerable beings. Fear can nestle into our hearts and our minds and whisper to us, 'I'm not worthy', or, 'I'm not pretty', or, 'to be worthy I have to be pretty'.

And sometimes it's hard to know that we're afraid. Sometimes we think that the voice of fear has something credible to say.



"Sweetheart, nothing can have power over you if you understand how it works and how it came to be.

Because once you understand something, you can see through it. It's mysterious veil of authority disappears and you are free.

You are limited not by the shadows cast by popular opinion or media mirages but by your own thinking.

And if something scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable, never hesitate to ask yourself why.

It is hard to be a girl. Even a privileged girl. No doubt.

But no matter what the world throws at you, know that you are beautiful in every way possible.

And that your outer beauty, which to me, your mother, will always be the picture of perfection, is actually the least interesting thing about you."


This is my final post for The Sling Diaries, Vol. II for Sakura Bloom. It has been my pleasure and privilege to document the last six months of babywearing with Rose.

If you've enjoyed this series you might like to look out for Sakura Bloom's Sling Diaries Vol III on their Facebook or Pinterest page. Thank you for following our journey!

{Photographs by the lovely Cara at Cara Loren Photography.}

8 comments:

  1. She has the most beautiful smile...I think this is the first time I have seen all those gorgeous teeth!

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    1. she has quite the chompers now. little toothy girl :)

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  2. Beautiful post! I have a seven month old daughter and your words sounded so much like something she would hear from her Daddy. Especially the "nothing can have power over you if you understand how it works and how it came to be." He's an engineer and his science-mindedness thinks this way. He has told me this on occasion as well. What a lovely journey you have had wearing your daughter. She is so very lucky to have such caring, conscious parents.

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    1. thank you so much summer. yep, it's a bit of a cliché isn't it? but the mister is more science/logic oriented and I am more art/emotion oriented and together I think we make a pretty balanced parenting team. we've also become more like each other in our outlook and understanding of the world as the years have gone by, making both of us more well-rounded people I think... well, I hope so anyway!

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    1. thanks cara! and thank you so much for your photos of us. we will treasure them forever x

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  4. These are beautiful photos, Bron. How lovely to be included in the sling diaries!
    Ronnie xo

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  5. I just found your blog today and the words you have written to your daughter in this post are very beautiful and significant. Thank you.

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