I came to the conclusion that my life would be much more productive if I could gain the confidence to go out and about my life without having these worries weigh me down. How would I do this? I decided to take a no-makeup pledge.
I was tired of feeling that I wasn't thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough or good enough, was keeping me from going after the things I wanted in life. I knew that regardless of what I weighed or looked like -- it was about changing the conversation.
No matter who you are or what you look like -- and for most of us, it's nothing like a Victoria's Secret model -- you should take ownership of how you feel about your own body.
Culturally, we have this perverse notion that poor body image is a sign of modesty. It's not. And people, especially women, who accept and appreciate the way they look can be perceived as narcissistic. They're not.
You are beautiful, special, creative and wonderful and there is an infinite amount of love and opportunities waiting out there for you. The more you look, the more you will find.
Every step of my career path has been possible because I channeled the confidence that I needed -- from navigating corporate America to starting my own business. That's not to say that confidence was all I needed.
My first best friend was a boy. His name was Nicholas, and I met him in Kindergarten. He was very good at the monkey bars and so was I, and so we became friends.
By the time we're in our 50s and beyond, our kids are grown and out the door, our careers are established, we're reasonably financially stable, and life isn't such a struggle. Simply put, we're more relaxed about most things and sex is often more fun. On that note, I've compiled my personal list of the 12 reasons sex is better after 50.
My prediction is that many pubic places will begin to develop digital use policies--just as some restaurants are offering meal discounts if you agree to leave your phone in the car! In fact, that might not be a bad idea... to be in the social world without the intrusive digital distraction.
Common signs of "iffluenza" are A) Using the words "If only" to put road blocks in front of your way. B) Being iffy about making decisions and taking steps to pursue goals and C) Putting too many "Ifs" -- conditions and stipulations -- in the way of making progress.
To love through an imperfect sense of wholeness is not only beautiful; it is real. We live in a world where people have their guards up. But guards are not attractive. Truth is attractive; acceptance is attractive. There is more to the underlying truth of real love than meets the eye.
If I could tell every person one thing about presenting her work to peers, I would say this: prepare a lot, and when you feel like you're about to die, find a way to laugh and congratulate yourself because you're doing it right.
The difference between those that persevere and those that quit, is that successful people are mentally prepared for what it takes to cross the success line. In other words, they embrace the worst that will inevitably come their way and have the resiliency to continue.
I know that my growing up in a secure environment has helped me feel confident enough to take risks in my life. But I am well beyond the days where I look to my parents for that security.
Sure, it is often more comfortable to mingle with friends -- with the people we know. But that won't necessarily make you successful. Instead, when you walk into a room, be bold. Target the people who have influence.
Some of the most successful people in the world are some of the hardest working people. Once these people reach "success" they don't stop -- they keep on going -- their passions, desires and drive keep them motivated and inspired to do more, help more and give more. So tune into your desires, passions and drive. What fuels your work ethic?