Have you ever been told that you sound "just like your mother"?
So much of our personality is determined in the traits we were born with, but those characteristics are further shaped by the people that cared for and raised us.
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We do our best to take our children to church, volunteer in soup kitchens, donate toys and clothes to homeless, read to elderly at nursing homes and attend charity walks. (Ok, realistically, NO this is not 100% of the time but we set examples when life makes it possible). But is this enough?
Doing my nightly scroll through Facebook, constantly working to build the Artizenbox brand, I came across one of the most inspiring articles by Lisa Barr, editor of GIRLilla Warfare where she says, "Celebrate the flaws. Be mindful. Your kids are feeding off your example to determine their OWN self-worth."
I have worked so very hard to teach my children the values that I want them to possess but I forgot one very important learning model, "actions speak louder than words". When I say "you don't love me" a million and a half times a day to my husband, I shouldn't really be surprised to have my son say that to me. As I look in the mirror at my flaws and imperfections am I really taken back by my gorgeous daughter telling me she's not pretty and hates compliments?
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So now what? Where do I go from here?
Well, starting today, I've made the decision to begin to love myself more. I know this transformation will not be easy or fast but I don't want to wait another single day to start. I began Artizenbox because I loved helping others and creating beautiful things with my hands from my heart. I've pushed through the tough days because I want my daughter to see that you can do anything you put your mind to... But the lesson I really want her to value most is this,
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” — Coco Chanel
I would like to inspire you to read more about this topic from this amazing writer's blog. Lynne Gabriel, has been a huge supporter for so many small shops and fellow bloggers. In her recent blog titled, "Love Yourself" she motivates me even further to look beyond what I am trying to build and start with myself. Thank you Lynne for all you do and more!