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Living Out Who You Are

Posted by Lisa on January 22, 2012

Over the past couple of years, a few well-known companies have taken a step forward to encourage women to embrace who they are.  I have recently seen a few pictures posted by people on web sites lately that are also encouraging us to be who we are. 


My journey and personal goals have been to be more accepting of exactly who I am and to live that out fully.  This is something that I pass along to my clients and it is my hope for each and every person of the world.

I look at someone like Ellen DeGeneres.  I love to watch her on TV and I cry almost every time I see her.  She is a perfect example of someone who is living out exactly who she is.  She's accepted herself, her place in this world and continues on her journey to more fully accept herself.  She shines this out and it naturally encourages others to be exactly who they are.

I have seen a few ads on Facebook lately that say something like, "When did (this).... Become Being Hotter Than (This)?" I've seen this picture a few times and it's struck something within me.  While I think I know the message they're hoping to convey, I've wondered what the real message is that is being sent and interpreted within people?

I am a naturally thin person.  It's in my genetics.  It's who I am.  Like Lady Gaga says, "I was born this way, baby." I don't fight to change this one way or the other.  I am a Type 1 Diabetic and I do watch what I eat and I do workout.  I have seen this picture a few times and wondered, "Are people now telling me that it's not cool to be ME (a person who is naturally thin)?"

I remember vividly the first time I was told that it wasn't OK to be who I am.  A boy on the elementary school playground told me that I was too thin.  I didn't know until that moment at six years old that I could ever be "too" anything.  THAT has stuck with me the rest of my life.  At six years old, someone told me that I wasn't good enough and I believed them for most of my life.

This isn't about one size or way being right or wrong.  This isn't pitting one against another.  This is simply each of us knowing and owning our individuality and loving it! This is about each of us loving the differences in ourselves AND in others.  This is about acceptance.

We all are our own unique being.  If we listen to our own body, our body will let us know where we feel our best.  It doesn't matter the size or the shape.  All that matters is where YOU feel your personal best.  If we listen to our own heart, our heart will let us know when we're not living who we authentically are.

Let go of the "shoulds", and the "rights" and "wrongs" according to the world.  Do not compare yourself to anyone else.  Only listen to your own body and heart to know who you are.  Encourage and allow others to be who they are.

Being "hot" or sexy is not in how much you weigh.  It is your attitude.  It is your belief within yourself that you shine to the world.  Like Ellen DeGeneres, if you LOVE who you are then that will naturally shine out to encourage the rest of the world to be who they are.  I love seeing a thin woman who loves and owns who she is.  I love seeing a curvy woman who loves and owns who she is.  I love seeing any woman or man or love and own WHO THEY ARE.  THAT'S hot and sexy!

My goal and my only hope for myself and this world is for each one to accept and embrace who we uniquely are and to accept and embrace that in others.  Love yourself at this moment as exactly who you are.  Your journey will continue to take you deeper and deeper into embracing exactly who you are.  Your body and heart will help you.  Pay attention to your own body and heart, they will let YOU know when you're living and not living as exactly the person who you uniquely are.  You have the power to create anything that you may want in order to more fully live out being you.


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