This is a warning that I am really about to put myself out there.
A sweet dear sister friend and myself started a journey through Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. There are no words to explain the thought process that Brene Brown makes you go through. I have had times while reading her book where I would end up in tears because she would dig to a core that had never been rattled before. It’s an uneasy journey to a positive outlook on life.
As we embark on our second week, I wanted to share my foundation from the first week. We were tasked with quite a bit of work to accomplish, but two aspects really stood out to me: my permission slips and self-portrait.
Often, due to my big personality I tend to subdue myself in fear that I will come off too intimidating and outlandish. Why the hell does that even matter?!? Marilyn Monroe said it best, “if you can’thandle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” My permission slips were a good point of throwing the what do other people think out of the window – not just leaving it in the back of my head to simmer on. You see, deep down we all care about what people think about us. We wonder how our actions are perceived and whether we need to modify behaviors to please others. No more! I’m going to allow myself to surface and shine brighter than ever. I will continue being a woman of substance and poise. Uniqueness will be defined in each action that I show to the world. I give myself permission to be Sevi.
The challenge was to use crayons and create a self-portrait. I am leaping out of a comfort zone right now by sharing this nugget of what I like to call Sevi.
HOW CUTE IS SHE (ME)?!? Look at her bold red lips and those kinky natural curls. No lady is complete her pearls, which if you know me – I live for pearls. Lady Sarah Churchill makes a bold statement with this quote: “I feel undressed if I don’t have my pearls on. My pearls are my security blanket.” A truer statement has never been spoken! This portrait explores the simplicity that I see myself in, but at the same time holds on to the funky side that I like to show off.
In addition to the self-portrait, I had to pick three aspects that I believe in. Those came much easier than my self-portrait. Honestly, I wrote them down before I even tackled drawing my picture. Peace is the serenity in all the things that you do and whatever life hands to you. Knowing your worth is remembering the value that you instill in others each and every day that you wake up. You matter and its important that you always put yourself first and foremost. Being open is allowing the light to shine on each and everything you do – open yourself to new challenges, experiences, and much more! Bob Marley said it best, “open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”
Make time to be creative. Make time to live!
Speaking of making time to live, I joined a local ladies book club. I feel so culturally savvy! More to come about that in a later post –