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Owning Your Story

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Of all the things that you can do to make the world a better place, few things are more valuable than telling your story. 

Where have you been and what have you learned? What do you cherish? What have you endured and what have you loved? How have your experiences enlightened you and inspired you to produce positive change for others?

Even more so than the telling of your story, is the owning of it. 

By owning your story, you have to really stand in it. Like it, every inch of it. The good and the bad, the twists and the turns. The bumps and detours all along the way. It's harder than it looks but easier than it sounds.  For every story we are afraid to tell because it might embarrass us, is a story we are ashamed to tell because it makes us shine. 

Owning your story is more than just admitting your faults, failures and other not so good aspects of your life. It is also about realizing our own value.

When we don't own our story, we lack the belief in who we are and how well we are doing. We often tend to trivialize our achievements and ignore the parts of us that others see as assets. 

My story has emerged over time. When I started to own where I was in my story, it all started to flow.  

So how do you own your story?
 

Learn to see it: All the steps you took to get you to where you are now have a  purpose and value. 
Then write it:  Writing down all those things you’re good at, your experiences, your family, best friends, the places you’ve lived, the adventures you’ve taken, books you've read or simply,  what makes you happy.

One of my goals of this blog is to share my story. All of it. Through words, images and maybe a little video. My story is something I want to leave my children. I want them to remember me as more than just mom. My hope is to inspire you to share yours and leave your own legacy. 

The more you allow yourself to realize that your story matters, the more you own it. When we own our stories everything changes.

How are you owning your  story?

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