Hey Beauties! We are back with another Redefining Beauty segment during this month of love. This month, Sha Godson, is taking time to share her beauty story with us. Sha is a fellow content creator/blogger and has been doing so for about 3 years. Please enjoy her story and I hope it encourages you to think about and possibly share your own.
Hi Sha! Thank you so much for being the Redefining Beauty this month. To start us off, could you introduce yourself to the readers?
My name is Sha Gadson in Raleigh, NC. I am a lifestyle blogger who shares her experiences with mental health, self-love and her millennial life.
What were you first taught about beauty? Does it differ from what you believe now? If so, how?
I was first taught about beauty through TV and magazines and feeling like you have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful but I now understand that there is beauty in everyone and society/media does not get to decide what is beautiful.
As a blogger and content creator, how do you live out your definition of beauty in front of your audience?
I believe speaking about my experiences about mental health, self care and womanhood shows beauty through truth and honesty.
I love your weekly Wednesday chats on IGTV (y’all make sure yall follow her @simply_shasha_). Your most recent episode posed the question “Who taught you self-love?”. Do you believe that self-love and beauty correlate? If so how?
100%. I have found that when you practice self love you see beauty not only in yourself but in everyone else.
Check out Sha’s Weekly Wedensday Topic video on Self-Love below!
How do you practice self-care? How often?
I have a specific self-care routine once a week where I put on a face mask and give myself a manicure and pedicure. However, I try to practice self-care every day by doing yoga, saying affirmations, and making my favorite tea. After dealing with depression and anxiety, you realize that the smallest things are self-care. If depression is kicking my butt that day, going to make my favorite tea is taking care of myself.
What’s your everyday beauty routine?
Skincare routine (wash my face and moisturizing), then light makeup for my zoom meeting consisting of foundation, blush, eyeliner, and mascara. When I don’t have zoom meetings, I allow my face to breathe with no makeup.
You have also discussed your general anxiety diagnosis with your audience during your Weekly Wednesday chats. I’m sure many women appreciate you for sharing your journey and being so transparent about something that many of us experience.
What advice could you offer women coping with anxiety? Does your anxiety have any effect on how you see or define beauty in your life?
My advice would be to take it one day and one moment at a time. Give yourself permission to feel whatever feelings you have. Anxiety can be triggered by any number of things, so I have decided to try and see the beauty in everything. It calms me.
It’s the month of Love. In what ways are you especially practicing self-love this month?
Being that I am recently single, I plan to treat myself to some love. I am thinking maybe a massage, going to get a professional pedicure or something like that. I am a strong believer that just because you are single that doesn’t mean you need to be sad or depressed, LOVE ON YOURSELF!! Hang out with some friends or do something fun yourself.
Lastly, what words of encouragement would you like to leave our readers?
I would like to encourage your readers to live in the moment. Allow yourself to accept your feelings as they come. Find what brings you joy and peace.
Please use this space to shout out your platforms and endeavors that you would like to promote!
Follow me on IG @simply_shasha_ to see my Weekly Wednesday post every week.