L'AMOR WOMEN OF THE MONTH
The main goal of Lamor is to make every woman love herself as she is, Every woman is worthy, full of power, strength and beauty. She just needs to look in and help it happen. That's why every month a woman with an inspiring life story will join the page. Do you also have an empowering story that you would like to share with us?
For years I did not value myself and had a very low self-esteem. With a lot of self-work I realized that everything is in my head and that only I can change it. At every station and stage in my life I looked for the way to do things that would make me accept and love myself. I signed up for a bachelor's degree which I successfully completed and it proved to me that I can and am capable. During my first degree I met my partner, we got married, and a year later my first daughter was born. I was very happy with the achievements I reached and slowly built the self-confidence inside me without anyone knowing.4 years later my second daughter was born who was born with a rare syndrome called "Williams Syndrome". The sky fell at the moment of the good news and we went through very difficult years in which we learned to be a "special family" and I became a "special mother". Despite all the difficulties and complexities, I successfully completed my master's degree, I studied make-up, I train and dance flamenco. Today, at the age of 47, I can congratulate myself and say that I have learned to be kind to myself and understand that I am doing the best I can, take care of myself and do things that make me feel good so that I can give my loved ones the best version of me.
Today I look at myself in the mirror and smile; I love what I see. But as a teenager in high school struggling with acne, that was not as easy to say. Back then the red blobs were all I could see on my face. I envied others with clear skin and was sure that's what defined true beauty. With time and age, the amount of acne steadily decreased and I decided to give the rest of my face a fair look, even though the acne had not completely vanished. What I found was incredible beauty, in my eyes, nose, lips, freckles, smile, hair and more. Now in my mid-twenties, I choose to see revel in my own skin including the occasional pimple that's part of it. I'm making up for the lost years where I was oblivious to what I had. It's freeing and exhilarating to love what I see in the mirror every day!
I'm Meggy Ofek, 43 years old, married to Assaf and mother of 2 amazing daughters - Lia and Emma. From a young age I knew that if I didn't take care of myself, no one would take care of me. I always knew I had to work hard to succeed. I always knew that I was the one who would have to take care of not only myself but everyone around me. But no one prepared me that the road would be so difficult! At the age of thirty, mother of a little girl, I opened my first kindergarten. Everyone told me I wouldn't succeed, I wanted to prove them otherwise.I started with a small kindergarten with 4 children, in a building suitable for 100 children. Very quickly more children entered, and within a few months the kindergarten was full. I nurtured the garden for 10 years, it was a great success until one day it stopped. It took me a while to internalize this, and suddenly we found ourselves without a garden and a severe economic fall and all this during the Corona period. It took me two months to come back to myself and realize again that I am the wheel that needs to turn in order for the system to work, and I reinvented myself.
After a few years I did and I still do self-employment. Little by little I learned to love my curves, the parts of my body that are abundant and the narrow waist and even to be proud of them. It's a daily and not easy struggle, but every day I remind myself that I would choose myself every time. A few years ago I met with one of the girls who was in my class and she told me that she was always jealous of me and my curves and I thought about how I was always jealous of her and her skininess. And then I realized that no matter what we will always not be satisfied. At that moment I decided to make a change and try and see the amazing sides of me. I learned to live with myself and not try to be someone else. I learned to pity, embrace and love myself instead of beating myself up all day. As women we are faced with so many things and illogical demands such as being a good mother, a good wife, looking good and having a tidy house.. We have to pity ourselves and remind ourselves how good and amazing we are. Because if I don't have me, who can I have?