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I turned 34 this year! I have lines on my forehead and stripes on my belly… and I finally felt beautiful. When I was younger, I felt insecure about the way I looked. As a child, I was bullied because of my physical appearance. When I made some changes to the way I look, more people started to like and accept me. Yet, I realized that I wanted to look good for others. I did not have that inner confidence because I listened to criticism and judgment.
I used to have a problem with saying no. Because I wanted to accommodate everybody, I became unhappy. On my wedding day, I was trying to help everybody out with their hair, makeup, and gowns that I did not have much time to enjoy my moment as a bride. Actually, I could count the number of people who truly made sure that I was doing okay. Looking back, I wish I had focused on myself instead of other people.
When I became a parent, there were people who tried to undermine my parental confidence. This time, I transformed into a Mama Bear- I learned to defend myself and my kids. So, I put boundaries to protect my mental health. Then, I learned how to curate my life so that I only have room for what’s truly meaningful. This means that I had to let go of the clutter. Finally, I have learned to make my happiness my priority.
“Bad-assery gets better with age.”- Shelbee On The Edge
The Life-Changing Power of Letting Go
Have you heard someone tell you, “don’t let yourself go”? So many women are afraid of looking old. Let go of that fear and celebrate your life. You are beautiful right now. Sister, let me dare you to let go.
Let Go Of…
- toxic relationships
- the hurtful past
- anxious thoughts
Take Hold Of…
- God’s promises
- your future
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Lose yourself and free yourself from worry. Congratulations, you are now a mature, responsible and respectable adult. Mentor someone who will benefit from your knowledge and experience. You are a leader. You are an authority figure on something that you have worked hard for. If you are undergoing a mid-life career change (such as myself), then good for you! You are ready to upgrade your skill set and pursue other interests. Stay young at heart, and don’t lose that joy.
- unrealistic standards
- judgment of others
- different perspectives
- more skills
- new experiences
- fresh wisdom
- renewed confidence
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