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      This is how I want to look back and remember myself in this moment. Honest and unlayered.

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      When Ghislaine saw my call for women, she felt a little urge to volunteer.  What pushed her to finally take the leap was a recent breast cancer scare.  This experience scared her more than she had ever been scared in her life.  It was this moment that she promised herself to no longer sit on the sidelines, watching life pass by.  She committed to be an active participant in her life, to be bold, brave, take leaps, and do the things she always wanted to do. Too much of her life as a silently observing wallflower.  Why? Because she was afraid of taking chances, being rejected, of saying or doing something silly, of not being good enough.  I’m sure we can all recognize this thread of self doubt. 

      At 28, she realized how tired she was of missed opportunities, missed experiences, and regret.

      Come as you are.  Find beauty in who you are.  Embrace who you are and own it. 

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      Ghislaine prefers to wear her hair in it’s naturally curly state.  She also preferred to wear minimal make up – and her confidence in herself radiates.  She feels her curls make her look younger,  that people see her as “cute” and take her less seriously.  This, she admitted, has been a source of insecurity. Something that made her feel more like a girl and less like a woman.  As someone with her own head of natural curls that took a long time to love, I understand this well.  

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      In order to feel good about myself on the outside, I have to love myself on the inside. And it’s not a quick fix. 

      Many thanks to Ghislaine for candidly sharing her experiences on her journey of self acceptance! 

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