We all have our own battles. Be it a managing a household, running a corporation, dealing with an illness, overcoming an injury, running a classroom, initiating a start-up, working two jobs, learning a new job, chairing a boardroom, coming out, completing an education, looking for a partner, planning a wedding, raising awareness of a cause, getting divorced, being bullied, being a carer, being a mum, dealing with ignorance of your situation, quitting an addiction, trying to have a baby, being pregnant, giving birth, losing weight, getting fit, making ends meet financially, finding time for friends, finding time for ourselves...
But our social media profiles look like galleries of perfection. Whether intentional or not, most of us are creating the perception through social media that our lives are perfect. Our Instagram feeds are largely filled with yummy meals, the flowers our boyfriends just gave us and glorious sunsets.
But we all have our battles, and sometimes seeing everyone else's "perfect" lives can make those battles a little harder to deal with.
Maybe it makes us feel a little isolated.
And maybe, because we don't know the truth, it's even causing us to create a culture where we think it's ok to tear each other down, instead of working together to build each other up.
Fighting a battle and not knowing there are others fighting alongside us can be tough. Seeing others fight alongside us gives us strength.
We are asking women (everyone from mums to media personalities, business women to bloggers) to share a “truth” about themselves, something that you wouldn't normally share on social media... We want you to show that we are all warriors with our own battles, And that we are in this together.
You can share your story, share what gives you strength, share how you see the bright side, share a cause that is close to your heart or simply tag a friends that are #beautifulwarriors in your eyes.
Post a selfie with warrior paint (which can be ANYTHING... vegimite... lipstick... suncream... glitter) along with your story and tag #beautifulwarriors
Share your story it not to gain sympathy, but perhaps for empathy or to raise awareness of an issue or just to make us smile. But overall, to show that that there are others fighting alongside us.
Individually we are warriors. Together we are an army
Follow along or share your story on Facebook or Instagram. #beautifulwarriors
Six months ago we came up with a concept of "warriors" as a theme for a photoshoot for Sunbella because, let's be honest; you need to have courage to carry a parasol (regardless of how stylish it is) and it is essentially a shield that can prevent some skin cancer battles.