I Am Enough

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I spent too many years of my life stressing about my looks and the impression I made on others.  I outwardly wore a fake ‘I don’t care what you think of me’ face while inwardly the opinion of others was my number one concern.   I was living a self-imposed double life and my peace of mind was suffering because of it. Then one day it happened!  I looked in a full length mirror, bare face, Spanx free, hair wrapped up, with glasses on and uttered the healthiest words ever.  I boldly and truthfully declared “I. AM. ENOUGH” and it was likely the most freeing moment of my life.   It’s more than ten years later and I still make this bold declaration as a part of my daily routine.  Doing this puts my focus on me and what God wants to do through me instead of focusing on the opinions of others.  Everyday I’m at peace with me and that’s an amazing way to live.

What does it mean to be enough?  I’m glad you asked. Being enough has very little to do with what you have and everything to do with who you are.  Even if you have room to grow (and we all have room to grow) your current state of being is enough to get you to the next marker in your life.  Right now, today, you are smart enough, pretty enough, bold enough, kind enough, brave enough, humble enough, and loving enough to face your day and win.   You are enough. 

Here are three thoughts to ponder concerning being enough:

Perfection is a myth and society is wrong: There are no perfect women. There are no perfect bodies, no perfect speakers, no perfect moms, no perfect wives, no perfectly keep homes, no perfect families, no perfect…well you get it.  Free yourself from the burden of needing to be perfect by simply giving yourself permission to be your personal best.  Everyday make the choice to use what you have to be the best version of you.

Peace of mind is golden: Consistently comparing yourself to others is a stressful lifestyle that stops you from enjoying who you are.  Accepting that you are enough allows you reduce that stress and creates an environment to maximize your peace of mind.     You’ll be at peace with your good attributes as well as your flaws (knowing that your flaws are merely personal markers of uniqueness).

Personal acceptance leads to personal growth:  Accepting who you are and honestly declaring that you are enough is a giant act of personal growth. Growth like that feels good.  Soon you’ll discover that your capacity and desire for more personal growth is expanding.

Women who know they are enough spend less time second guessing themselves and more time focusing on enjoying the life and opportunities God has given them.  They are at peace with themselves and what they have to offer the world.  Declare today that you are enough and live everyday in that freedom.