I yelled at him and told him he did not love me. Love would not notice the 300 pounds my 5'3" frame carried. Confused, he just stared at me; he knew more than anyone how desperately I wanted and needed to lose weight. He alone knew all my secrets. He heard my disappointments. He hoped for my future.
We all want kids to feel good about themselves, and far too many kids get no praise at all from adults. But are the superlatives necessary? More to the point, does lavish praise really boost kids' self-esteem and help them do well in school -- and in life?
The best thing about all of this is the fact that I feel like I have been reunited with myself. The confidence in me is building again at a rapid pace and I am feeling more like myself every time I make a decision to be true to myself.
I don't want this for my daughter. I don't want her to go through life trying so hard, to trudge the same exhausting path I have for so many years. Most of all I don't want her to live untethered from what is real.
These devices are used by kids for socializing, videos, games, music, reading, studying and much more. Although each of these things is positive, there is one potential danger area for kids -- unlimited Internet access through Wi-Fi or a carrier network.
My mom used to tell me, "Whitney, you can only count on two people in this world -- your mom and yourself." It's a beautiful statement, if not a little sad.
Desire ebbs and flows, both throughout an individual's life and throughout the context of an individual relationship. So, I think it is useful to come up with strategies to minimize the impact this may have.
Life is beautiful, breathtaking and lovely, but also complicated, messy and ugly at times. That's what is so amazing about our spirits' human experience! Without our struggle and pain, how would we fully experience and appreciate the beauty and joy?
Sometimes people don't allow themselves to achieve because they fear what they have to give up. Don't think for a second about that. Think of what you gain.
"If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?" One of my mentors asked me this recently, and as she waited patiently for an answer, all I could think about was a letter I'd written in sixth grade to my future self.
Developing a healthy sense of self takes quite some time, if not a lifetime to accomplish. Rather than waiting for it to strike, though, isn't it better to cultivate genuine self-regard and compassion toward oneself instead of waiting for it to materialize from the outer world?
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My fear was massive. I was terrified, yet I knew that I needed to go-for-it. I had no idea what my professional future would look life but I knew I needed to take the leap and create my own path.
Overcoming our critical inner voice can be a vital step in becoming more emotionally resilient. We can learn skills to become hardier, and we can face challenges with fewer internal setbacks.
I thought I would fail all these classes because my previous teachers that had failed me and made me ashamed to try because I knew I was just going to get another 80 on an essay.
Since I was a little girl I don't recall ever being the "fashionable" one that all the other little girls would go home trying to emulate. I was the one with the short hair & sneakers running around playing.