So yesterday’s bombshell was quite liberating.
And thank you to everyone who encouraged me, appreciated me, patted me on the back and especially opened up to me about their own stories.
Today, on day 4 of our #31daysofwoohoo challenge, I want to address something just as important as failing – and that is celebrating.
You see, I haven’t always been that girl who celebrated herself. I would celebrate others and shy away from the limelight simply because I didn’t think I deserved it. Then I moved to the place where I celebrated but hesitantly. You see, I was looking for appreciation, gratification, validation and permission in other people.
That all changed when I truly embraced my identity in Christ.
Now I know a lot of people will think = well there’s a “spiritual” answer if there ever was one – but it’s the truth.
When I was out in the club, drinking, smoking, and looking for love in all the wrong places, I would secretly yearn to be accepted 100% but someone. I didn’t believe I was beautiful. I didn’t believe I was destined for greatness, I didn’t believe I was capable of anything above where I was, and I was mISERABLE.
I’m sure there’s folk out there who will have something to say about that.
And I’m sure there are others who won’t believe that I was ever insecure. But it’s the truth.
But slowly, my relationship with my God brought me into a place of self acceptance. I realized that I am beautiful, Inside and Out. I realized that I am brilliant. I realized that I am fearless. I realized that I have a whole lot to offer the world. And slowly, I began to celebrate me.
I celebrate my bumpy plus size curves.
I celebrate my bubbly buoyant personality.
I celebrate my brilliant, quirky and creative mind.
I celebrate my ability to walk after having 5 surgical procedures on my knees and legs.
I celebrate my scars from 8 surgeries over a lifetime. They tell my story so well and add to my beauty.
I celebrate the small wins.
The ability to laugh – and or debate with family.
The fact that I am so blessed and have so much to offer others out there.
The truth that I have a gift with words and my words touch people and change lives.
I celebrate EVERYTHING.
So when you ask me why I celebrate me or my birth month for the entire month? For me it’s simple.
The joy of the Lord truly became my strength in good times or bad times and so I celebrate to pay homage to my joy center but I also celebrate to give home and life to others – but most of all I celebrate because I am Beautiful – Empowered and Visionary
I am Beverly Chahonyo and today I celebrate you.
Take a piece of paper and once again make a list,
Write down 5 things that you want to celebrate about yourself. And every day for the next month, look in the mirror and repeat them.
You’ll be surprised how it changes your perspective on life.