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I love this quote by Marianne Williamson. You may have heard it before, but I think it’s especially important to reflect on it every so often and December, right in the midst of the holiday craze, seems like a good time.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Patriarchy, misogyny, depression, insecurity, fear… There are many things that hold us back. But remember, “We are all meant to shine, as children do.”

Shine today. Now. Always.