CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A local author is making it her mission to promote positive self-image.
The author and mother of two is overcoming her own battle with depression one beautiful illustration at a time and is using her two little girls as inspiration.
"You're smart, you're beautiful and you're just perfect.”
That’s what the Kimberly Mohns Roberts whispers to her little girls every night before bed. Roberts says, “[That way] they’ll grow up and that will be the first thing in their mind. They will have the confidence that I didn't have."
Roberts says when she was growing up, she battled depression, anxiety, and even tried to take her own life. Now, her motto is "stick around."
"There's always tomorrow that you want to be a part of," said Roberts, who is focusing on tomorrow with help from 3-year-old Brooklyn and 1-year-old Amelia.
What used to be a bedtime ritual has turned into a published children's book. Roberts recently released the 36-page illustration book titled "Just Perfect." The sole purpose of the book is to help little girls, like her own, develop a positive self-image.
Roberts says she wants to raise two confident daughters, and she was simply trying to come up with a way to talk about insecurities women face daily without pinpointing different parts of the body. Instead, she channels her artistic past, hand-drawing different animals to create the perfectly imperfect final character. An animal with flamingo legs, gorilla arms, a hippo belly, rabbit ears, and an elephant nose.
“You, my dear, are perfect just the way you are,” Roberts reads.
It’s a simple message with a much deeper meaning.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a portion of the book sale profits from “Just Perfect” will benefit local charities including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
If you would like to purchase one you can head to Roberts’ website by clicking here.