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Who Am I to...

What do you do when you want to express yourself, but that little voice pops into your head saying, “Who are YOU to tell everyone what you think…” (or make a newsletter / post a contest on your Instagram feed / have a fabulous profile picture…) And to that I say: who are you NOT to?!

I recently started doing video stories, where I look at the camera and speak. Millions of people do this on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. No big deal...
Except that it TERRIFIES me. Why?? I don’t know – because awkwardness! And also, what if people think, that I like, LIKE myself? Or that I think I have something to say? 

But the thing is, I DO like myself, and I do have something to say.
Everyone does.
Here I am, world!
What we're dealing with here is Imposter Syndrome. I know you can relate, because it often comes up for people getting their picture taken.
Imagine: you want a gorgeous picture of yourself, so you worry about looking good, but then you also worry that people will think  you think  you’re gorgeous, so you post the one where you’re scream-laughing like a dork instead.

Three things: 
  • Dorkiness is fabulous, just saying.
  • It’s okay to think you’re gorgeous (SO much to say on this topic, I could write a whole blog).
  • Most importantly, You Are Worthy.

You may think “you are worthy” is cheesy. But there it is:  there’s nothing wrong with caring deeply, having something to say, and asking for others to look, listen or help. There's nothing wrong with thinking you are just fine, and even great. Because you are!

We are all worthy of the ask. 

Today I posted a contest on my Instagram feed, asking folks to check out my friend’s inspiring project, as she embarks on a difficult round of cancer radiation treatments. There was a moment where I thought “What if no one participates?” And THEN I thought “Fuck it,” (sorry for swearing, mum) “I care about this, and want to share.”

In the end, caring about someone else gave me permission to be myself. My future goal is that caring for myself will be enough. 
Tell Me What You Think
PS  Do you know someone to share 16 days of Joy with? Nikki's project makes a perfect gift.
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