Food Life Project Day 5: I Knew You Could

“I knew you could. And you knew it, too – “

Those are the words that start one of my favorite children’s books, but they are also the words we all need to hear sometimes. Finding someone who continuously believes in you – even when you doubt yourself – is one of the greatest gifts.

There have been so many times in my life that I’ve needed a shot of encouragement and reminder to have faith in myself.

  • When I performed in front of an audience and for the first the time, my part didn’t allow me to simply blend into the group.
  • When trying out for anything. We all want to belong and being told you aren’t good enough hurts.
  • When applying to colleges as the first in the family to go past high school.
  • When graduating college after five LONG years and a few degree changes.
  • When deciding to overcome my mental crunch – anorexia – and making a promise to myself to live a fulfilling life.
  • When leaving the safety of a traditional job for the challenge and excitement of running my own business.
  • When giving birth a month early to my daughter in a whirlwind experience of infant special care and being a new mom.
  • When deciding to go for my MBA and I’m sure when I finally graduate in February.

Through it all, I’ve learned that the greatest gift is using these words to encourage others, especially my loved ones. To let them know that someone is there and believes in them when they are too fearful to believe in themselves. To give them courage to get them through and remind them that deep down they always knew they could do it.

Books I highly recommend if you need a little reminder about how great you are or need a little courage of your own:

I Knew You Could! A Book for All the Stops in Your Life by Craig Dorfman

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown



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