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Tis the Season of Giving: Can You Recognize Your Gifts?

Cinderella was my favorite fairytale princess. I was so excited the first time I saw her at Disneyland. Like many four-year old girls, I really wanted a picture with her, but didn’t have the guts to do it. My parents pushed me to get a photo with her, but I resisted because I was too afraid. As other little kids pushed me aside to get a shot with her, I just stood there, alone and helpless while my parents gestured and nodded their head to “get in there” and get that photo. To them she was just an employee paid to wear a ball gown and wig, but to me, she was my hero. I was always a shy and sometimes timid girl. At the age of four, I had an inkling of feeling not worthy enough to be in the same presence of this fairytale princess. So, instead I got this photo with Geppetto. Not quite the same…

Fast forward 30 years later. I met Mastin Kipp from The Daily Love in Miami a few weeks ago. He is a famous, inspiring and amazing thought leader and was featured on Oprah. Many people wouldn’t call me shy today, but that little girl showed up, because all I could mutter when I met him was “I think you’re great. Can we get a picture?” After I left, I was so mad that I didn’t muster up the courage to ask for advice, get his opinion, tell him about my book, or my desire to help and serve people. None of that – Just a photo! This experience took me right back to when I was a timid four-year old paralyzed with fear.

Last week, I met a new friend who is awesome -I totally have a girl crush on her! She is an inspiration for me and hopefully for you too. Her name is Ange Peters, owner of Hol-Fit, where she is an online holistic Trainer & Nutritionist, mom of two, celebrity podcaster and a pure bad ass. We went to lunch so that I could pick her brain, and ended up discussing my upcoming women’s empowerment workshops and my book. Surprisingly, Ange thought I was also inspiring, and asked me to write for her newsletter and be a guest on her show. I couldn’t believe it! I was excited and shocked, but at the same time I had a surge of unsettled feelings of unworthiness and uncertainty. I felt like Wayne and Garth, “I’m not worthy!” The timid little girl in me started to ask: Who am I to be on a show? Who am I to be writing a book? Who am I to deserve such an amazing gift?

It’s so easy to not recognize or downplay our talents and gifts. I think most people suffer in some way, small or large, with insecurity and self-worth. I am a pretty secure person, but sometimes that insecure, shy little girl shows up, is fearful, and doesn’t believe she is deserving. Ange was an angel that I needed. Her gift to me was to recognize and celebrate the gifts in myself.

So often we admire the talents and qualities of others, but it is our own talents in ourselves that they are reflecting back to us. In the past 30 years, I’ve learned to be brave, be bold and believe in myself. Cinderella believed in dreams, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him. Cinderella had some lady-balls.

It’s not enough to sit on the sidelines and simply dream. You will be able to shine when you can face your insecurity with courage in order to truly recognize, own, and celebrate your gifts and talents. Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting life head-on will reveal.

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Can you open yourself to receiving the gifts from others?

Can you recognize the gifts and talents within yourself and celebrate them?

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