For most of my life, I have had low self-esteem, or, in other words, no confidence in myself. Part of this was being told everything I did was wrong. As I’ve gotten older, I just figured I still had the same problem. However, my biggest problem is dealing with people. I’m not unhappy though I have a lot that I need to change. I was discussing this with a friend of mine, she too thought this was due to no confidence. Then she sent me a link to a page about low self-esteem. It showed the 11 signs of low self-esteem. She said, “I don’t think your confidence is as low as you think.” I clicked on the link and I was mind blown. I was opposed to most of them. I believe I can do anything. I rarely give up. I HAVE CONFIDENCE! YAY!

I was pretty excited. Well, I have confidence, this is great but what is my problem? I avoid people as much as I can. If I can find an excuse to not deal with anyone, I take that excuse and run with it. This same friend then sends me a link to a site about self-image. I suppose it’s something I don’t think much about. Self-image is how you see yourself. I’ve never understood the point of fashion or makeup if I don’t have to wear shoes I won’t. Then I finally understood the whole point of fashion and makeup. It’s not so much to impress other people but to feel good about yourself. To give you a positive self-image. This was my problem now. I don’t dress well, rarely wear makeup, just brush my hair (don’t fix it up). So to fix this I have to do things to make myself look good, not to impress anyone but myself. So that I can look in the mirror and say “I’m beautiful.” If you look good on the outside, you feel good on the inside.

Dawn MatthewsAbout Dawn: My name is Dawn Matthews. I am a 38-year-old mother of a beautiful autistic child. I grew up in the US Navy and now live near where my parents are from in Western Pennsylvania (USA). I graduated from Oviedo High School in central Florida and got my B.S. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida. I am now working on getting an M.S. in Leadership and Professional Development from Duquesne University.

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