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this is such an important post, michelle. have you read mary oliver's the journey? that's what i thought of when i read this...i'm happy that you are recognizing your own strength. :)


We do terrible things to ourselves - this holding back when we should fly and keeping silent when we should sing. It's good to see your wings are strong and your voice...yes, your voice is strong too.


Michelle, this is fabulous. I get you, I understand where you're writing from here. You are doing the work, you are doing fantastically, and your journey resonates with mine. Thank you for sharing your important words, your heart and those vulnerable places. I so appreciate you :)


When it comes right down to it, I bet most of us are our own worst enemy sometimes, but I love that you're discovering the hero inside!


Michelle, that is very, very moving and food for much thought. Thank you.


my angel, the time is coming when you will be everything you are already, when your sexy Salma Hayek self stands up and takes a bow. this post is what i would have written myself, about being my own nemesis, and occasionally my own hero. i just didn't have the energy to put it into words, so thank you for knowing it and getting it

i'm going to sort out the skype thing so we can chat - we need to contine the conversation we started standing outside that pub :-) love you xo


I love this post. And now I have to hear that song...

Thank you for sharing.


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Hello and this is from me to u :

My Declaration of Self-Esteem

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me
Because I alone chose it - I own everything about me
My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
Whether they be to others or to myself - I own my fanatasies,
My dreams, my hopes, my fears - I own all my triumphs and
Successes, all my failures and mistakes
Because I own all of Me, I can become intimately acquainted with me -
By so doing I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts - I know
There are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other
Aspects that I do not know - but as long as I am
Friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously
And hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles
And for ways to find out more about me - However I
Look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever
I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically
Me - If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought
And felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is
Unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that
Which I discarded - I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be
Productive to make sense and order out of the world of
People and things outside of me - I own me, and
Therefore I can engineer me - I am me and

--Virginia Satir, (C) 1975


oh, sweet you.

i'm glad that you are recognizing, more and more, that if you do stand in your way then you can step out of it. you are such a beacon to everyone in how to be fearless.

JanePoe (aka Deborah)

Wonderful post, Michelle. Our internal monologue can be two sides of the same coin - champion or naysayer, advocate or discourager, hero or nemesis.

Wonderful photo to go with heartfelt thoughts.

Much peace, JP


it is amazing
how far you have come
in this direction
since i first
started reading you...


"I am my own hero!" I love that you said that. I know that somedays it is more of a challenge than others but YOU ROCK!


I love Paula Cole and I have that album :) I actually met her once... That is another story.
The lyrics to that song have always meant something to me as well, It is all so true.

I love that you are your own hero, i am working on that one still... getting there, but its hard work! :)


tongue in cheek

you are...and that is so very good!!


I remember listening to that CD with my best friend Carrie - part of our college experience - and I loved that song. So powerful. Now I want to hear it again!


this made me cry.

i love witnessing the growth, inspiration, awareness that is transpiring within you. it does breathe life into me.

i miss you...


Oh sweetie-the photo is gorgeous-and your words are too. You are a hero-for yourself and for me too:)

I understand being your own nemesis too.
Love you bunches

Bek~Aussie Chick~

Beautiful post Michelle.
I love it.
You are so right!
Being my own best friend is something I have been learning a LOT this year. Its the first year I think that I have been able to say I am my own best friend.

So much nice than being your own worst enemy !
Easier too.


I haven't heard about Paula Cole in a long while...I remember seeing her on some TV show (the Tonight Show, maybe)...and she was sitting at a piano and singing the hell out of a song...and as it drew to a close, she raised one arm high, exposing her underarm hair. She was just so gloriously IN HER SELF in that moment and all I could think was, bet they don't see THAT on the Tonight Show every night. (I love rule-breakers.) :) Great lyrics, beautiful post.


Wonderful, beautiful, powerful post. Powerful and wonderful also your realizations about yourself. You seem well on your way to realizing yourself as your own hero. Cherish, nurture, SUCCEED!!!

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