Side-note before we get started, thank you so much Amber from All The Cute and Anna from Working Chix for the striped dressed that I received above as a part of your Oh My Stripes Giveaway back in May! I've obviously been having waaaay too much fun in it this summer.
This morning, I was listening to one of my favorite blogger podcasts, Make It Happen by Jen Carrington of JennyPurr and she was featuring one of my favorite quirky business women (and hopefully future life coach), Maya Elious.
One of the main topics on the podcast was about discovering your passions, building your brand and accepting your life story as a part of who you are. This message really stuck out to me. How many of us are ashamed of what we have been through, conditions that we were borned with or the childhood that we had and use these as excuses instead of embracing them as a part of who we are?
Maya talks about how she is a first generation American with African parents who value education and what a shock it was to her family when she decided to drop out of college and pursue her online graphic designing business full time. "College dropout" is now a part of her story and I think she does a great job of embracing this and spinning it into following her passion. She also talks about the struggle of growing up in America with African parents. I know so many people who see their childhood as a disadvantage rather than embracing the lessons that they were taught, either directly through their parent's struggle or indirectly by observing what not to do.
There comes a point in everyone's life where you can no longer blame your life's story for your short-comings. In the podcast, Jen talks about having a debilitating mental illness that she didn't want to accept as a part of her story, but later learned to embrace it and has opened up about it on her blog. One of the worst things that a person can do for self-growth is to be in denial of their real self. It's easy to hide who you really are and go through your day covering your truths with makeup and cute clothes; however, it is not fufilling. Be open and embrace the quirks, both good and bad that make you who you are. I've noticed how freeing and relieving it feels when we finally decide to say, "you know what world, this is what I was given, this is the heartache I've been through, and this is who I am. You can either accept it or step outta my way."
The moment that you embrace your life's stuggle, whether it be growing up with horrible parents, battling illness, being abused, or simply being different, it can no longer hold you back.
Do yourself a favor and free yourself.