I hate saying, "It's the inside that counts." It's a cliche and it's over used. Sometimes, you just want to look pretty.
You want people to compliment you. You want to be skinny. You want to be loved.
But every time I've focused only on the outside, I've been miserable. It made me meet the wrong people. Date the wrong people.
I can only speak from my personal experiences. Every time I've been broke. Every time I've been so lonely that I looked at my contacts to see who to text and found nobody, I had to fix my inside first.
I had to exercise. Not to look good. But to feel good. I took walks every single day.
I had to be around people I loved and admired. They say you're the average of the 5 people you hang out with. This is true.
I had to come up with ideas. Mental health is important.
And I had to surrender to the universe. Whatever I can't control, it's okay. I'll leave it up to the universe. In the end, things work out and it's stupid of me to try to change the universe.
If you do those four things, it'll show on the outside. Outward beauty is a symptom of having inner wealth. Not a cause.
At the end of the day, who cares if the cake looks amazing. If it doesn't taste good, I'm not eating it.