Hey brilliant girl. You are meant to light up the world!

“Take off all the makeup, girl. Shine your light. Show the world. Don’t be shy. Don’t be scared. You don’t have to hide under there. Let’s throw away all the magazines. Turn off the static on the tv. I wish you could see yourself the way I do.” -Nobody Ever Told You (Carrie Underwood)  I know a lot of really incredibly brilliant women. They are friends, family, and clients. Some of them don’t even know how amazing they are – either because no one ever told them or somewhere along the way they forgot. How does this happen?! Well, we have grown up in a society that constantly worries what other people think, we live in either the past or the future, and we tend to make our decisions based on fear instead of love. The result ends up being conversations which don’t actually communicate what we’re meaning to say. Let me give you an example (between a parent and child): A parent says to their daughter: “Why don’t you try being more like your sister? She’s popular and happy.” The parent thinks they are encouraging their child to follow a behaviour that will bring them more friends (and therefore happiness). What does the child hear? “I’m not good enough or loveable the way I am. It’s not ok to be me.” The child feels misunderstood and like an outcast in their own family which makes it very difficult to believe that anyone else in the world would find them worthy of love. What the parent actually wanted to do was protect their child from disappointment and hurt, but because...

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