If you hadn’t heard of her before, you probably became familiar with the name Elyse Knowles when she and her boyfriend Josh joined (and won) The Block in 2017. She’s an Australian model, Ambassador, Entrepreneur, TV ambassador and Influencer and she’s only 25! Talk about impressive!
She’s also recently released her first book, ‘Living with Positivity, Passion and Purpose’ in which she shares personal insights into her including insights into the world of modelling and its pressures, beauty and fashion tips and tips on being the best version of you there is! One of my favourite parts is where she discusses comparison, an issue that plagues most of us women. Kindly, Elyse has offer to share this excerpt from her book to help more women manage the issue of comparison. I know you will love these pearls of wisdom, so thank you Elyse for being so generous!
Quit the Comparisons
“Lets talk about the idea of comparisons. If you haven’t already come across it, #Quitthecomparisons is a recent push by women for women. Search the hashtag on Instagram and check it out. The whole thing is to remind girls and women to quit looking at her and focus on you. It’s a celebration of all shapes and sizes.
Now let me ask you something, if you love and believe in this idea and you’d like to see the movement succeed, what are you personally doing, or willing to do to support it? What part are you going to play to encourage this positive movement among women? It’s a tough question.
Here’s another test for you. How many of you scroll past an image on Instragram and think, ‘What an awesome cause,’ or ‘What an inspirational quote, I totally agree,’ and then scroll right past it to another photo and think, “Far out, how do I get my bum to be as toned as hers?’ or ‘Wow! Her body is out of control.’
I thought so. Don’t worry, we are all guilty of this, sometimes myself included.
So, here’s my idea. Let’s all get behind this movement and encourage ourselves and our friends and families to quite the comparisons. The next time you see and inspirational quote, a meme or a photo on Instagram that makes you feel good I challenge you to go through your Instagram feed and unfollow at least one account that you know deep down doesn’t add value to your self-esteem and your confidence. Go on, I dare ya! I’ll be doing it too!
If it’s not Instagram and you just see something or meet someone who makes you feel good about yourself, pass on the favour. Call or text a friend and make and effort to make them feel great about themselves. It’s easy to make someone’s day feel brighter.
Remember that social media is just a little tiny little snippet of a very big picture: the big picture being real life. Getting rid of one account here and there is not going to put a dent in your life.”
As someone who is surrounded in the world of social media I often need a reminder to quit comparing – thanks Elise!
Her book is great, and if you would like a copy I have 5 to give away! Just enter the comp below. Good luck!
Elise Knowles ‘From Me to You’.