Monday, May 3, 2010

Deepest Fear...



I LOVE this! I 100% agree with this. I love that it empowers us to do better, be better & to not only not be ashamed of it, but be PROUD of it. So many times I have answered the question, "And what do you do?" with a reply of "Oh, I am just a stay at home Mom".

I read this quote a few years back & started to change my answer & change my LIFE, so that the answer changed. I decided, who am I not to live out my dream of having my own Dance studio? I love to do make-up, who's to say that I couldn't go & be a make-up artist for my favorite brand MAC? And why in the heavens could I not do all of this & still be a "stay at home Mom"? I started putting my plans into action & going after what I REALLY wanted out of life, until I got it, even when people would still ask "the" question, I would tell them that I was a Mother & loved that I was able to stay at home with them. Nothing had changed, except my refusal to belittle myself & what I had made of myself. Well, here I am a few years later & I have accomplished the goals that I had originally set. Don't get me wrong, I still found myself saying things like "Yeah, I teach dance, but .... it's just in my basement & I just have a handful of small classes", or "Yeah, I do make-up, but..... I just freelance." And then I am reminded of this quote & that I need to not feel little in this big world. There are many new goals that I hope to achieve & I hope that I can continue to better myself & not limit myself.

Even in writing this post, I get a nag in my brain that says, "Well, if you just come on here & talk up yourself, then my osh kosh b-gosh Laura, you are FULL of yourself!!!!" Then, whence again, I have to remind myself that it's not that at all, it's allowing ourselves to shine & hoping that everyone around you will allow themselves to do the same. I have a vazillion things to work on & always will. It's a lot in the attitude of how you get somewhere & the confidence in yourself to know that you are meant for greatness. In all of the people that surround me from day to day, I see in them traits that I would absolutely LOVE to have & I hope that they see it in themselves.

So, as we ask ourselves "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?", I hope that we can say "Actually, Who am I not to be?"

6 comments:

Gar and Jess Long said...

OKAY...I totally agree with you and truth be told, it's a refreshing reminder that we all are capable of success, or more importantly, making a difference. Plus...you are not JUST a mom. When I baby sit my nieces I can't imagine doing it full time. I admire ALL moms. I am so glad Jess is more than okay with being the mom cause I could NEVER do it. Us men have it easy. Just don't tell her I said that:)

Jessica said...

I also love that quote. And like the comment above... you are NOT "Just" a Mom. A mom is the most important- and hardest- job you could have!! And you're a great mom- and dancer- and make-up artist!!! I love ya Laura and I'm so grateful you're my sis!!!

Amanda said...

that is a great quote! just visited your blog for the first time and it is lovely!

Simply Sorenson said...

I totally agree with you! Also I love that quote!!! It feels good to be reminded that I am not a loser just because I am a Massage Therapist that doesn't officially work somewhere but I can do it once in a while and be a good mom to my kids in the mean time.

Staceroo said...

Awesome Post Laura. You are brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. You always have been.

Marilyn said...

Laura, I loved the post. You truly do have SO MANY talents in so many areas! You are a wonderful mother to your boys, and a fantastic wife to Mike. You truly are one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know. I'm so glad that you are my daughter, and I have learned so much from you! I think it is so great that you ARE teaching dance, that you ARE doing make-up, and that you ARE a fantastic mom!!