I see you.
Today, I see you. I see the little girl or little boy who loved to climb across the rocks in the creek. I see the mint chocolate chip ice cream dripping down your hand. I see your favorite terry cloth shorts and top, yellow like the sun. I see how you played Double Dutch and kickball in the middle of the street. I see your shoulders slump when the ball lands in Mrs. Murdoch’s yard. I see your dreams of dancing with Alvin Ailey. I see you spinning in your mom’s living room until you fall in a diagonal and just avoid hitting your head on the coffee table.
I see all that you were as a child. I see all that you are now.
I see your heart open and expand.
Lotus flower blooms.
Inhale, then exhale while saying Lotus flower blooms.
You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.
The shape of your lips, the curve of your hips, the crooked middle toe.
You are you.
You are a gift.
Breathe some more.
You are worthy.
Inhale once more, then, spin around the living room. Order that ice cream cone. Let your foot slip on the rock. Your Converse is soaked. Feel the sun and the laughter.
You have that little girl or boy inside of you.
You have that joy.
Let her out.
Let him out.
Ask every morning, “What cha wanna to do today?”
Then listen. And see.
Remember, I see you. You can too.
Hurry! The Bravemakers are coming! The Bravemakers are coming! Today in honor of International Women’s Day, I want to share one of my favorite time-sensitve FREE resources for you. The theme for International Women’s Day is “Make it Happen.” On Monday, March 9, Jennifer Lee’s 5th Annual Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit begins. If you participate, it will give you that spark to make it happen! The summit runs through March 20th. (Guess what, it just might be the last one.) What’s a video summit? It’s an experience that’s open to anyone in the entire world who has access to the Internet. Just click here and enter your first name and email address to gain access to daily interviews with the most courageous and thoughtful creative entrepreneurs. Every weekday at 1pm ET, you’ll meet an “established” creative entrepreneur as well as a shining star. I’m excited that Katherine Carey, New York’s boldest milliner artist will be featured as a shining star. I’m tickled that I own one of her hats and even featured her on this very blog! Even if you can’t view the videos live, signing up will give you access for at least 24 hours after the video is aired. Here’s a peek at the line up: For more info, visit: http://rightbrainersinbusiness.com As Jennifer’s introductory video states, taking this time to participate, “gives you permission to listen to your deepest longings.” She speaks the truth. Two years ago, I listened, took a courageous plunge and made a declaration when I applied for a scholarship to Jenn’s premium group (you’ll learn more about that when you sign up). Here’s what I said:
In the video, you can see how nervous I am to declare my dream in a public venue. I want to thank you, dear readers, for cheering me on because I won the scholarship. I’m forever grateful to Jenn Lee for giving me a forum (and the gentle push) I needed to keep plugging away at my dream. In the last line of my scholarship application video, I promised to give back one hundred fold. I’ve committed 5% of all net proceeds from the book to go to non-profit organizations benefitting youth. And then guess what happened? I got connected to a very supportive group of creatives from New York to Australia including Beth Barany and Stacey Aronson whom I hired to help birth my book, The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, A Globetrotting Magical Mystery of Courage, Food and Friendship. I’ve worked on this book for more than a decade, but did not take the true leap to publish it until I took a risk and made that declaration. You will have the chance to read my book this coming August! I’m taking another leap at the same time and moving my family to our dream town on the West Coast. Without being surrounded by inspiring stories like these, I don’t think I’d be here sharing my PUBLICATION DATE–it’s August 2015! August 2015! Think about joining me and creatives from around the world at the summit from March 9-20. Make it happen. Join us any day you can. Take a chance and dream! For more information about Jennifer Lee’s Books, visit her author page and her website. The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, A Globetrotting Magical Mystery of Courage, Food and Friendship cover was designed by Alvaro Villanueva of Bookish Design.