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I'm so glad I don't have any girls.  Because women need to be taught about self care in their childhood.   And you can't teach what you don't know.
My mom says we are so tough because we come from good, strong peasant stock!
In other words, you'll not find any sissy princesses in our family, we're warrior princesses!  

The thing is, we're not really that tough.  We just act like it.   There's a difference between being tough and being strong that dramatically sets the course of a woman's life.  Honestly, tough doesn't require as much personal development as strong requires but strong isn't as exhausting.  I have said many times that my pain tolerance was much higher than God intended.  

Some of us need to learn to be courageous as we walk into our midlife years.  I know women who have secret dreams where they silence a room of people while boldly expressing their opinion instead of playing the " I should have said this savvy, intelligent, derisive comeback" three days later game.  

Some of us need to know that our prior accomplishments don't define us.  Even if the accomplishment realized a dream- it wasn't the designation, certification, degree, membership, income level or publications that made us.  It was the integrity, perseverance, determination, grit, insight, or guts we found inside to  journey through the days  and the nights of our lives all the way to realizing a dream.

Some of us need to redefine success.  Some of us need to know that we have been successful.  And we need to sing and dance through the streets about it- even if nobody else does.  All these years we just didn't think our gifts and talents were quite as good as the gifts and talents of, you know, more. successful women.
Some of us need to experience the joy of increasing our gifts and talents and stop defining our value by the talents and gifts of the imaginary more. successful. woman.

That's what The Previously Unwritten List is about.  It's where I will acknowledge the areas where I need to grow when I become aware of  them and it's where I will write down the things I've  already been made aware of but I've been turning my warrior princess back on.



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