Love Being You

It’s none of your business what others think about you.  As long as you know, You are Enough and there is Power in Being You!

I always felt different growing up.  I am the oldest of three kids – my younger brother and sister look like my mom with dark straight hair.  I have light brown curly hair and look like my dad.  My father was a handsome man but being a young girl and hearing you look like your father translated to having the face of an “old man”.

When I looked in the mirror, I saw:  big bulging fish eyes, big horse type teeth and gums, giant hump on my nose, fuzzy out of control hair on a short no hips, no boobs, boy-like body.  I was shy and had very low self-esteem.

I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere.  Although I made some friends, it would never last because I changed schools so much.  I went to seven different schools before I made it to middle school.

I also hated my name.  My brother, Andy and sister, Debbie had regular common names.  The name Irene was meant for 80 year old grandsiblingsmothers.  I grew up hating everything about myself.

In middle school, I had a math teacher tell me I was smart “for a girl”.  The gym teacher yelled at every boy in class because they “let a girl beat them” on the track.  This stupid girl with a man face did not belong and didn’t fit in anywhere.

My self-esteem was little to none going into high school.  I made some friends but I kept my distance from people.   How could anyone care about me?  I’m weird.  I’m awkward.  I look like a man.  And I didn’t deserve love.

I joined the dance club where we turned my solo dance into a whole production, I had A’s, went to summer school just to stay busy, I was well liked and had a boyfriend that was adorable & kind.  But I still couldn’t look myself in the mirror and say I love that girl. I was looking for something outside of me.

I ached for someone or something to lift me up because I couldn’t do it for myself.

Several years out of school, I realized how different we ALL ARE. We are all unique.  We are all weird.  We are all awkward.  And we all deserve love!

Something changed when I gained confidence on the inside – it showed on the outside.  In my thirties, I still despised that I had a man face and that I was named after an old woman – but somehow I owned it! This is who I am!

Wonderful things began to show up.  I am beautiful, courageous and confident.  It didn’t happen overnight but – when I made the choice to be the best Me that I can be – everything changed.

Oh and now in my late forties I love the name Irene!  I love the girl in the mirror.  I love that I kicked ass in high school (and still kick ass in everything I do!).  Girls Rule!  I Rule! I’m going to keep being the best Irene I can be!

It’s starts with gratitude every morning when I get up. I give thanks for all the little moments in every day.  I appreciate my life and the journey I am on.  Although my life in not perfect, I can find the perfections in the imperfections.  And I love the girl in the mirror!

Confidence can make the biggest difference in your life, relationships and career.  You can experience true peace, happiness, wellness and success.

Make a decision to Love Yourself in all your imperfections.  You are Enough and there is Power in Being You!

What is your favorite part about being YOU?  Comment below – Come on Own it!  I wanna know.


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