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Did a Childhood Embarrassment Shut Down the Song You’re Meant to Sing? [Guest Post]

A guest post by Jenny Collins, Blog Manger for The Carol Blog and Content Director at Live Your Truth. 

You have a song you are meant to sing.

Each of us does.

Whether it’s literal or figurative, your song is your voice—that thing you’re uniquely designed to express and release in this world.

But shame, embarrassment and other circumstances in our early years seem to find a way of shutting our song down before we ever get a chance to hit the high notes.

Last summer, Carol Tuttle and I were in a meeting online talking about songs that would be on the soundtrack to your life, and at some point, I asked her if she liked the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.

She didn’t recall it off hand so despite my almost life-long apprehension about singing in front of people, I nervously crackled out the lines to the chorus:

Say what you wanna say/And let the words fall out/Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.

“You have a good voice!” Carol responded. “Do you sing?”

“No!” I said emphatically. “Only karaoke with family or with a group. And never by myself in front of people.”

“Why?” she asked.

Immediately it hit me.

I knew why. Or rather, I remembered why.

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How to Dream Big Even When Life Tells You to Be Realistic

We all know what it’s like to dream big and want something so badly you can almost taste it.

The anticipation of manifesting what you want can be exhilarating.

But what happens when what you’re hoping for—and have been hoping for—hasn’t materialized yet?

Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that you need to be more “realistic” about your expectations.

Or you might even be tempted to believe that what you want isn’t meant for you.

Here’s why that’s exactly the incorrect approach.

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3 Body Shaming Beliefs to Banish This Holiday Season

“Does my butt look too big?”

My mother used to walk in front of me to ask that body shaming question—a version of which I’m sure many of us may have asked ourselves at some point in our lives.

When I was in grade school my mom would see another woman and ask me, “Am I as big as her?”

Growing up, many of our mothers modeled to us the unhealthy and wounding practice of comparing themselves to other women.

She wanted to determine if her body and appearance were acceptable.

As women we are notorious for shaming ourselves and our bodies with negative opinions about our size and weight, and measuring the value of our worth against other women.

It’s time we choose to stop.

And you don’t want these 3 negative beliefs to ruin your holidays! So now is a great time to let go of them once and for all.

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1 Simple Tip to Avoid Holiday Overeating & Weight Gain

‘Tis the season when we all have many opportunities to indulge in a lot of yummy dishes, comfort foods and delicious new recipes!

It’s easy to say “no” to holiday overeating when you’re not at a party.

But when you’re face to face with a plate of homemade holiday treats, what do you do then?

I enjoy food, too, and I do like tasty treats at times. (But you won’t see me eat a Twinkie though!)

I’ve also learned a way to enjoy food AND allow my body to maintain a healthy weight—even during the holidays!

In this short 4-minute video, you’ll get one uncommon tip to prevent holiday overeating and weight gain.

Plus, check out the bonus holiday giveaway below! 5 of you lucky readers will win…

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Are You Unfulfilled In Your Career? You Might Be Making This One Mistake

It feels good to wake up each day and do something you love.

It could be your career, your role as a parent or caregiver or even your contributions as a volunteer.

Doing something meaningful feels great.

But what happens when those good feelings start to fade and doing what you once loved becomes a chore?

Maybe something you once enjoyed now makes you feel unhappy, drained, stuck or unsure.

Not knowing why your feelings towards something that once brought you joy has changed can be frustrating and confusing.

But those feelings have a message for you!

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