I can remember when I first met Sharon in Sydney, Bonny Hills, at a leadership training program called ‘Chosen’. It was during one of our activities when we split and Sharon took us girls and did a workshop with us. What I found most interesting about Sharon’s workshop was when she talked about body shapes, sizes, etc. Like most teens, I was a person who was very self-conscious about my body as I’m not exactly a small, nor a skinny person. Perhaps a pear shape you could say.
My self-esteem wasn’t exactly the best either. I never really enjoyed subjects to do with body shapes and sizes, until Sharon talked about the “Barbie doll” and how her body is actually out of proportion and that society makes it out that “girls” should look like this; “A Barbie Doll”. Sharon even showed us a diagram/picture of what a Barbie doll would look like if her body was the body shape of a “normal” person. That made my day, and has now changed my life!
I cannot thank Sharon enough for sharing that! Although, I have heard other people say to me not to worry about my body much, etc. (e.g. my mom, and others), I still had a problem with accepting myself properly. I tell you what, it’s a lot easier said rather than done. But when I heard Sharon speak, it changed my life completely! I now feel happy about myself, accept myself, and love me for who I am! It doesn’t matter what everyone else in the world thinks of you, but rather what God does!
Thank you very much Sharon for revealing this to me. You are a great inspiration and I am very happy to let others know about you. And just like you taught me, I also like to encourage other girls too in my life, that they are a beautiful and gorgeous woman, no matter who they are and what they look like; especially in the eyes of God!
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