The Declaration of You, by Jessica Swift and Michelle Ward, will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! Today, I'm excited to share this post as part of The Declaration of You’s Blog Lovin’ Tour, which I’m participating in alongside over 100 other creative bloggers. Learn more – and join us! – by clicking here.
Over the last year, I’ve been looking at a few of my old stories from when I was younger. Specifically, I've been thinking about and writing about the ones that include phrases like:
- You always take things personally.
- You’re so serious all the time.
- Don’t be so dramatic.
As I look at these moments in my past, I’ve begun to see that being able to talk about the serious things, to be in touch with how deeply personal life is, and to even use drama for good are important pieces that have brought me to this place where each day I try to share the true stories so that others will know they are not alone. I'm working on seeing what I thought were "criticisms" at the time as the magic that makes me who I am.
Some days I even see them as my superhero powers that help me create safe space for women to show up as themselves and tell their stories.
So to celebrate The Declaration of You and this week's theme of "uniquity," here are just a few of the pieces of me that I want to honor today because they make up this magic that is me.
Today, I say a big yes: