We should not let anyone place limits on our dreams and desires, including ourselves. Our dreams and desires are valid. Our dreams and our desires need voice and agency.
Gratitude is a shield against existential dread…
Of everything she’s done in life, this is the achievement she is most proud of.
I lied. Guilt. Overpowering guilt. Not just any lie. A lie to my parents.
Imagine your gravitas as an internal light bulb, the more confident, the more energy and the more authentic you become, the brighter that light shines. This light then emits from your body, through everything you say and do to create a powerful presence.
So let’s focus on becoming successful, in whatever we are doing, rather than being successful. Success is not a destination but the journey we are on. The growth is in the struggle, the learning is in the endeavour. Let’s also remember that we set our own goals and determine our own success criteria.
It’s taken me years to realise that fitting in is not the goal. Honesty is more important than fitting in.
I am afraid too, but I’d never admit it. So with heart beating in my chest, I traipse off into the darkness of the cabin to sort out the situation.
I discovered the Daily Writing Challenge – a community of people online who knew nothing of my circumstances but were continually kind and encouraging in their comments and responses. This community of kind people who I had never met gave me something positive to think about at a time when I needed it most.
I am proud to be a woman and I love the different facets of my identity. My relationships with other women make me the woman I am today. I consider myself very lucky to have so many strong, phenomenal women in my life looking out for me.