My heart is so full of pride for my Kula and their contributions to my book being released on Friday November 4th. In So Many Words is my honest and personal view of a small group of women who helped me change my life through yoga and spiritual guidance.
In this video from my YouTube Channel, Shanti Mom For One, Donna reads an excerpt from the chapter we wrote together. Donna opens up about her own journey toward independence and self-reliance.
My book will be available on Amazon and on my brand new website, also being launched on November 4th. I hope you will join in on the conversation.
She was singing here…don’t remember the song. I don’t think it was the 4th of July, but it turned out to be a perfectly patriotic photo! We wish all of our faithful followers a Happy Independence Day! Thank you for your support over the last three years. Let freedom ring!
My efforts to avoid blogging on the weekends has definitely provided plenty of material for Mingle Monday. It is also a casual, pressure-free way to enjoy blogging for the day. I just get to look around, discover cool things, follow new people, and enjoy the diversity in our world.
This morning, on my way to a doctor’s appointment, while doing some mingling on the radio, I found myself yelling at NPR. The interview dealt with the way we perceive people because of their appearance. The interviewee claimed that people changed the way they perceived him when he changed his look six years ago. He is a successful, college educated man with a family, whose appearance makes people think otherwise. OK. Maybe. But how does he know what other people are thinking?
The part that got me was when he encouraged his son, who wanted to make the same change, NOT to do it until he was ready to deal with the consequence of changing the way people perceive him. I literally yelled at the radio, “So the heck what?”
So much of this kind of talk is a matter of perception itself. If you think that people are perceiving you in a negative way, it is not their perception causing your assumption. It is yours! True confidence reveals itself no matter what you wear or how your hair is styled. Wear confidence. Style your hair with pride.
And even if you think looks do “matter”, who’s opinion will you go with? Perceptions vary so widely. You’d have to take a poll to have a chance of getting a majority vote. Who has time for that?
Trust in your own instincts. Believe in you. Look the way that feels good to you. Nobody can take this from you.
Please teach this to our children. Please don’t start their journey of independence with fear. Start it with a smile on your face and your chest held high. Be a strong example.