Deciding to Be Me

This year I’m participating in Think Kit, a daily blogging exercise with SmallBox. My sweet friend Lindsay did this last year and is doing it again this year, and I thought I would jump in on the blogging fun. I’m a little late to the party, though 🙂

Today’s Challenge: What was the wisest decision you made this year? Did it change your “everyday”, move something from Point A to Point B, or involve others?

ImageThis was an easy question to answer (and maybe partly why I waited until today to start this blogging journey). This year, for the first time, I made a conscious decision to embrace myself fully. I am not perfect. In the picture above, the first thing I see is my fat, not my silly face. I am not who I want to be, fully. But, at the same time, I have been more myself this year than I have ever been in the past. I am happier with who I am, imperfections and all, than I have ever been. I am learning, every single day, to see the good in myself. I am loving to laugh more and take life a little less seriously. I am sharing more of who I am and more of my story. I am learning to be comfortable being imperfect and learning to let go of all the stuff that I think other people use to define me – those things other people don’t even see or think about me first.

I am learning to be Emily in her fullness – awkward, introverted, passionate, creative, hopeful, loving, giving, compassionate, type-A, passionate Emily.

Turns out, I like her a lot. And I think other people do, too.

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