Slices - Elise Daly Parker

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I am thankful for the time that it took me to get the place where I accepted and really loved myself. I don’t think I realized how hard I have been on myself over the years. I wasted a lot of time wanting to be like someone else - thinner, cooler, bolder, more confident, neater, more creative, and less hysterical. I was constantly looking at others and to see how I measured up.

I heard about the Sorta Awesome podcasts and was surprised by the name. Could that be correct? I was so shocked that the host, Megan, accepted herself and celebrated the awesomeness of imperfection. At the time I was taking a life coach course to get certified and slowly I began to embrace those areas in which I previously felt I didn’t measure up. I didn’t have to be perfect. I didn’t need to be “there,” I could be “here,” right where I was and be okay. I gained a new self-acceptance. I didn’t need to be ashamed of my imperfection. I thought I could even use it help others. The new self-acceptance and love was awesome and freeing. I’m not perfect, but I’m good enough. There’s always room for improvement, for “imperfect progress” as Lysa TerKeurst puts it. Self acceptance has led to newfound freedom that helps me to love others better. As a life coach, I hope I can inspire others to accept themselves, acknowledge where they are, and recognize where they can grow and change one small step at a time.

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