With the #Beyond9to5 Twitter chat, I’ve teamed up with makeup and skincare advisor, Tamira Hamilton to discuss things like makeup, beauty, skincare and so much more for busy professionals. 

We asked chat squad to give us examples of how they want to own their beauty in 2016. Some said that they were going to do more tutorials, some said they were going to get more expressive.

When I think about it, I think that this is the year that I want more personal and professional growth. I expect more from myself. Part of getting to where I need to be is building confidence. I’ve had a little bit of a problem with pushing forward because I have a tendency to self-sabotage.

The past can be forgive but it never helps cure the mold that we have put ourselves into. I have always struggled with confidence. At some point, I felt like I had none and I was going to give up on all of it — at a very young age. I felt like I wasn’t worth anyone’s time, including my own. I had mean and vengeful thought about myself and thought many times to get the train to afterlife ahead of the time that was intended for me.

I had a great childhood, it was just filled with some moments that stuck with me that made me feel invaluable or worth. Things like hearing “are you stupid?” over and over or “why can’t you ever get things right?” still echo in my head. The idea of being perfect all the time and always on the right behavior are somewhere engraved in my brain.

With some inspiration from within and from others, I have surfaced to prove people wrong, even with that feeling of being less than still lingering. I want to own my beauty by becoming who I’ve dreamt of being and making something of myself. And importantly, to stop letting everyone else determine my worth.

I want to know from you… how are you going to own your beauty in 2016? Share your answer to this question and join us for the #Beyond9to5 Twitter Chat on Thursdays at 7 p.m. MST using Twubs.com or Twitter, following the hashtag. 

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