My Style: Don’t Hold Back


A dear work friend sent me the below affirmation this morning. The writing is so beautiful, and the message is so fitting, not only for myself and where I am right now in my life, but words for everyone to remember. We do tend to dwell on our own negatives, on life’s negatives. It’s always nice to be reminded of our strengths, our talents and our gifts and to use those gifts with joy.


Step out into the cool night air. Look at the stars. See how they shine. Know that it is okay for you to shine, too. Who told you you had to hold back? Who told you your gifts, talents, your beauty — your natural, beautiful, loving, delightful self — was wrong? Who told you not to be all you could be? Maybe, as some suggest, we’ve gotten too comfortable focusing on our flaws, our errors, our dark side. Perhaps it’s not our dark side we fear. Perhaps we’re really afraid of our gifts, our brilliance, our light.

Now is time of light. It’s time for us to shine. We’ve worked hard on ourselves, dealt with our issues, gone back to the past. We’ve learned our lessons well. The reasons to hold back and hideaway are no longer there. Enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Be all you can be, and enjoy being that. Don’t hold back. Use your gifts with joy. Use your talents. Let your light shine for all the world to see.

“Melody Beattie” – Journey to the Heart



Target High/Low Hem Dress (Available in Stores), Made With Love Bracelets, NYC Street Vendor Necklace,
Frizzy Blonde hair with bad roots courtesy of Virginia’s evil humidity and my newlywed budget

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