Pretty N Radical: Removing the Mask

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REMOVING THE MASK AND LIES

Pretty N Radical is more than just this cool phrase that I use. It is truly a way of life. Pretty N Radical means “To love who God made you, and how God made you. It means to be pretty from within”. As women, most of us find beauty in the lip gloss and blush that we mask on our faces daily. While I must admit I am a girl who loves a little make up from time to time, but I also have to realize that often times we use our outer exterior to hide what’s really going on internally. Everyone has heard the saying, “the biggest smiles hide the most hurt”. Many of us have become pros at hiding how we truly feel and how we truly see ourselves in order to present perfection to the world for a little validation and acceptance. That is such a MISERABLE life. The true key to freedom is removing your mask and acknowledging and accepting the person in the mirror. Truth is, I didn’t always see myself as pretty. Sometimes I still struggle with moments where I feel insecure about how I look or feel. I grew up being self-conscious about the size of my lips, and the fact that I have a chipped tooth. For so long I tried to cover it up but someone would still always have a comment or a joke about my insecurities. It wasn’t until I actively decided to stop trying to cover up what I perceived as a flaw and embraced my beautiful imperfections. That’s when I truly began to love who I saw in the mirror. I had to be honest with myself and admit that I am not perfect and that is PERFECTLY FINE because to God, I am just right. He thinks that I am to die for! I also had to dig deeper than the exterior, I had to look within and acknowledge that I struggled with my sexuality due to being taken advantage of. I have to admit that I struggled with suicide and depression because I never felt as though I was good enough. At that moment of honesty, I then began to assess what was true and what was a lie. In order to tell the difference, I had to look at what God thought about me. The lie was that I was ugly and shameful because of my struggles with my sexuality and my thoughts of contemplating suicide. The truth was that God said everything is perfect about me and that my life has value in it. The truth was that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that I am made in the image of God. The lie was that I would never be good enough and no matter what I do, I will always be rejected. The truth is, I am accepted by God and he lavishes his love on me daily. The truth is, I am enough. The truth is, you are enough. The truth is, behind the mask that you wear, many of you are just like me, an ordinary girl trying to find beauty in her brokenness. The truth is, regardless of your flaws and mistakes, you are beautiful beyond measure and the moment you are honest with yourself and begin to see yourself the way God sees you, that’s the moment you will see just how pretty you really are!

 

Until Next Time,

 

Your Sis,

Erica Mason

Ms. Pretty N Radical

 

AIN'T WORRIED: How I Overcame Stress!

If I could sum up my journey to releasing the song “Ain’t Worried” I would use one word: DIFFICULT! As an independent artist, I’ve seen so many set backs and I have had even more failures. But I have learned that the importance in failure is what you get out of it that helps you to succeed. Ain’t worried was a song that was originally written in September of 2015 and here it is a year later, and I am finally able to release the song. I faced challenges like losing the instrumental, losing two engineers, and having to re-shoot the music video twice. BOY IT WAS A PROCESS! But It's funny how God works, because in the midst of the process, God used those adversities to develop my character. I have always been a person that said “I never want to make music that I can’t live” Well the truth is, before I released Ain’t worried, I wasn’t living a worry free life. In fact, I was so stressed that it was affecting my health. I remember many mornings where I woke up with anxiety because I didn’t want to face the obstacles that awaited me throughout my day. But one morning, God woke me up and reminded me that he has given me the power to dictate my day! So if I feel stressed throughout the day, it is only because I have allowed stress to run rampant instead of taking authority and focusing on the positive aspects of life. To be honest, life can be a trip; but you have the ability to decide rather you want to fall into the trap of stress that life can bring or not. Tie up your shoes and keep moving forward! Every single day, I choose not to fall into the trap of worry. Some days are easier than others. But ultimately worry is a choice, and it's something that I simply choose not to entertain. So if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I challenge you to find the good in every situation! Focus on the things that are good, lovely, things that bring you peace in your heart, and things that put a smile on your face! Regardless to how ugly the situation may look, there is always something good that you can find in that situation. I challenge you to focus on the good!!

Remember:  

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”-William James

 

Until Next time,

 

Your Sis,

Ms. Pretty N Radical

Erica Mason