We play so many roles. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, caretakers, babysitters, and so many more. I can’t even name them all here, the list will go on and on. At this moment I want us to focus on being truthful with ourselves. It is especially difficult to do this around the holidays. We start to focus on everybody else as we make plans, give gifts and try to impress our families with all the amazing things that “are or are not” going on in our lives. This Holiday Season let’s give ourselves time to reflect who we are and what internal gifts we poses.
I would like to ask you to do something, not for me, but for yourselves. Look in a mirror and tell yourself who you are as if you were to tell a stranger. Really define yourself. Peel yourself like an onion, layer by layer until you reach your core. This may take some time, you might not even be able to do it the first or second time.
Take a few quick minutes every morning and night, first to admire yourself as the beautiful woman you are and then check yourself out girl! Not literally…in the morning check yourself by visualizing how you want your day to go and how you want others to perceive you. Then, right before you go to bed, think about your day. Playback your actions and words. Where you able to conquer your day the way you wanted? This daily reflection is so important because you will start becoming closer to the woman you want to be.
Many people go day by day just surviving and not experiencing life. Each one of you have so much to offer. Allow yourselves to look at the world through different perspectives. Let yourselves make the positive choices that will shape you as the kind of person you want to be. So many of us already spend so much of our lives hiding from other people, don’t allow yourselves to be a stranger to yourself. You are another exquisite soul in this world and you should have the privilege to understand and know who you are. Give yourself the time, effort and attention you deserve. Don’t let anyone define who you are and keep striving towards the person you want to be. You are in control and I have so much faith in all of you.
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Stay warm and Happy Holidays
Photographer Eric Ramos