I can hardly believe, looking at these two pictures, that they are the same person.

In the picture on the left, I was 16 years old. In fact, it was my 16th birthday. I remember that sweater like I wore it yesterday. It was a gift from my grandmother, and I loved it. Though it didn’t fit the greatest, I squeezed into it, and I remember feeling pretty in it. The softness of the yarn, the ribbons, the poofy shoulders. It made me feel like a princess.

But what struck me when I pulled this picture out of a box this past weekend as we were cleaning out my mom’s house, was the hair. The bangs that completely covered my eyes. And the way I held my head….eyes down. Like I was blocking out the world, and blocking myself from seeing it, feeling it.

Because I was painfully self conscious of my size, painfully aware that all my attempts to change things had failed.

So the blanket of hair over my eyes allowed me to hide those feelings, at least in my own mind.

I had talents, and I was encouraged to use them. My family and friends didn’t care about my size. They encouraged me to SING – and SING I did. Whenever and wherever I could. But when I was turned down for a singing group that I desperately wanted to travel with because I “didn’t fit the image”….I retreated behind those bangs again.

Fast forward a LOT of years. That self-conscious young girl has changed her mindset, learned about healthy eating, nutrition, stress control, exercise….

And as long as I have a voice, I will speak. I will reach out. Help. Encourage. Motivate. Inspire.

No hiding. Not on my watch.

If you want to change your mindset, learn healthy habits, and stop hiding and start living – NOW is the time. Not someday. Not tomorrow. TODAY. Hit me up for the details and let’s journey. Together.

Oh and that girl on the left? She still sings. Whenever and wherever she can ??

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