Listen, I have spent the majority of my life hating myself. I have called myself names.  I thought small of myself. I’ve disliked anything and everything from the colour of my skin, the shape of my nose, the texture of my hair, the shape of my body, and the very sound of my voice! But NOW I am finally in a place of ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The opinion of others will no longer get in the way of me filling my cup with self-love! I realize, now, that the only person that could make me feel small or send me to my grave earlier than need-be is ME by allowing the negativity that comes in between my ears to take over.

I am not conceited. I JUST LOVE MYSELF!!!

Yes, I do. After all, who else is going to tell me that? You? You; this world, who is so indecisive? Absolutely not. I can’t go to others to give me the affection and care I need. I am no longer a child. It all begins with me.  I have to love myself first, and when you see me doing that you may think I am conceited. But Nah…the truth is: I JUST LOVE MYSELF!

I am at this place in my life where I can accept myself wholeheartedly.

I love the skin I am in. I love the shape of my body. I love my nose and my hair. And now, I really love the sound of my own voice! I love the way I think about life and how I can position myself to learn and understand others without thinking anything less of myself. Knowing that is entirely ok to swim upstream while everyone swims downstream. I can dance to the beat of my own drum, in the full enjoyment of an audience of one. Why??? Because I love myself.

AHH YES! The freedom that erupts from so much love one can have for themselves is unreal at times, but it is such a great place to be. 

I am not talking about big egos and boasting attitudes.

You know the ones I mean. The attitudes where others feel the need to compete and one-up you. If anything those are cries for attention due to a lack of warmth in their world. Watch out for them because they can sneak up on you.

No, I am talking about the affection where you feel joy; unspeakable JOY! The fondness that you will have in spite of what others think and feel. Yes, the words they speak may sting a bit, but something tells you to wish them well and “keep on keeping on”.  

Others may think you are acting as if you are, “You’re all that and then some.”

Your response, “WELL HECK, YES I AM!”  Your happiness will never come from someone else; neither will your love. So, as you step into your power and begin to love yourself and some start to say you are conceited, know that you’re not. You just love yourself and, Girl, it’s a great place to be!

MariaMichelle’lee is a sought after Inspirational Speaker who fully embraces the power of story to motivate, inspire and transform the lives of others.

Combining her personal life experience, with over ten years of empowering others, Maria is best known for her ability to boost women out of their self-doubting beliefs, and challenge them to regain their power within, and push to greatness. As a Mirror Work Coach, MariaMichell’lee is a powerhouse encouraging women to speak their truth from the inside out.  

When Maria is not travelling for work, you will find her enjoying family time with her husband and High School Sweetheart of over 20 years, and their three amazing children, Rashaun, Soraya, and Kaemon.