First, who says you can’t be burned and beautiful? Certainly not me. I want the world to know that you can have scars and be beautiful—and be confident. More importantly, I wish that I’d known this 8 years ago after I suffered 3rd degree full-thickness burns to more than 30% of my body. While recovering from my injuries I experienced depression and self-esteem issues. Needless to say, adjusting to my new life as a burn survivor at the tender age of 23 was a difficult process. Yet, here I am 8 years later loving the skin I’m in and loving every moment of this journey.
Here I will share my love, my passion, and my life as a burned beauty. I use this term (burned beauty) as a metaphor for my experiences. While I was recovering from my injuries, I had to accept that I would never be the person I was before, and at first that was devastating. But so many blessings have come from my physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation.
During my transition process, I had to burn all of my previous notions of what beauty meant to me (among other things like success, love, wealth, and failure). I liken that transition to the life cycle of a phoenix, the mythological bird that every so often throws itself into fire and arises from the ashes a newer, better version of itself. That’s me!
Because after it all I arose from the ashes a stronger, better version of myself. I did not know what was to come, but I am thankful for it all.
Thank you for joining me on this awesome journey.
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You are such an inspiration to us all!! God NEVER puts more on us than HE knows we can bare. I have learned firsthand that our struggles truly come to make us stronger. I pray that God continues to use you to encourage and uplift the young women you come in contact with… You are beautiful inside and out, just as God made you to be……… I am a mother to two beautiful young ladies and I always remind them to be your own kind of beautiful because that is exactly how you were created.