Women face so much pressure when it comes to appearance, and can fall into the trap of attaching self-worth to the way they look. But this week's guest, Ashton Fineout, believes that we are all valuable because we were created that way.
Ashton is not only a professional violinist and clean beauty lover, but she is one of the most consciously kind people Erin has ever met. In this episode, Ashton bravely opens up about struggling with an eating disorder in her early 20s. She was encouraged by comments people made about her weight loss, which reinforced the idea that the skinnier she was, the more worthy she became. Ashton shares what the turning point was, what she wishes she knew then, and her path to recovery. As shown by Ashton’s story, healing is not something that needs to happen alone, and if you are struggling, there is always someone you can reach out to for help. If you are needing support please contact the National Eating Disorders Association.
Our email this week (48:23) is about how often you should be exfoliating your face. The answer is different for everyone and Josey and Erin talk about it.
Call Outs from the Episode:
“In the business of performance and performing arts, women, particularly, when they are deemed attractive or appealing, they get more jobs, they get more favors. And people that are not as ‘conventionally attractive’ they may not have as many opportunities.” — Ashton Fineout [0:16:24]
“Just the knowledge that I blew a really great opportunity for myself because I wasn’t taking proper care of my body and that I was actually starving it, that’s when I knew things had to change.” — Ashton Fineout [0:22:45]
“Personally, I really believe that I was created in the image of God and that he designed me with intention and creativity, and I would tell myself back then to not question or criticize the features you were created with. Because the features that you were given were not an accident.” — Ashton Fineout [0:27:32]
“Expectations do not equate to value because you were born valuable because God says that you are.” — Ashton Fineout [0:28:58]
“If you are thinking of a compliment to say to a person that you find beautiful, then tell them something that’s beautiful about them that doesn’t have to do with their physical appearance.” — Ashton Fineout [0:39:51]