When I tell you that I have motivational phrases and quotes all over my house, it is not a joke. I even have one up in the kitchen that says “Not responsible for what I say when I’m hungry”, and it’s mostly true… but I digress. I wanted to share a little story about some confidence building that I needed to do in my own life, and the opportunity I had to really think about the words I was surrounding myself with.
My love for encouraging surroundings is pretty obvious to anyone who has entered my home, so last Christmas, my husband got me the best gift. He really dove into my whole “talk to me everywhere” idea, and got me a set of gold foil prints with various pictures and sayings. I had been dying to get them up, so when the time to decorate my office came around, I needed something to anchor them all.
My idea was to find various sizes and complimentary pieces to create a sort of girl-power-you-got-this-only-good-vibes kind of wall. But, when I found the big gold sequin “She believed she could, so she did” at the store with my best friend, I was afraid of it. I told her I didn’t really think that saying applied to me, that I didn’t “identify with it”. My confidence was lacking, and I felt like that phrase would remind me of all the things I wanted to do but didn’t.
When I tell you she literally laughed in my face, I am not kidding. We’re friends like that. First, she asked me “wtf does that even mean?” and then proceeded to tell me in between eye rolls and giggles that I always do everything I want. That I always make it happen. She said of all the people she knows, I’m the one who MOST resembles that statement.
At first I felt a little taken aback. How could she be laughing at me? I was being vulnerable with her. But she was being real with me – like she always is – and made me really think about my ideas and desires in life, and I had to give it to her. She was right.
I’m definitely a get-out-of-my-way kind of person. I really do go for the things that I want to do, and I guess SheMugs is my way of spreading that love and power to other women. It’s been a way for me to give those little nods in one of my favorite places: coffee mugs. I love being able to open my kitchen cabinet and be filled with reminders and joy first thing in the morning. I understand not everything I’ve got is rah rah, that some of it is just senseless and silly, but there is space for that, too. Sometimes it’s a simple smile that can make a day great, and I think that’s a special kind of rah rah.
So, not only did that piece find it’s way home with me, and serve as the perfect anchor for my YES! wall, but I also left that store with a little more confidence.
I’m so lucky to have such great friends and family, and with SheMugs, “I believe I can, so I will.”