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Waking Up Full Of Awesome

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waking awesome

There was a time when you were five years old,
and you woke up full of awesome.

You knew you were awesome.

You loved yourself.

You thought you were beautiful,
even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers.

You loved your body, and the things it could do.

You thought you were strong.

You knew you were smart.

Do you still have it?
The awesome.

Did someone take it from you?
Did you let them?
Did you hand it over, because someone told you weren’t beautiful enough, thin enough, smart enough, good enough?
Why the hell would you listen to them?
Did you consider they might be full of shit?

Wouldn’t that be nuts, to tell my little girl below that in another five or ten years she might hate herself because she doesn’t look like a starving and Photoshopped fashion model?
Or even more bizarre, that she should be sexy over smart, beautiful over bold?
Are you freaking kidding me?

Look at her. She is full of awesome.

You were, once. Maybe you still are. Maybe you are in the process of getting it back.

All I know is that if you aren’t waking up feeling like this about yourself, you are really missing out.


**Reposted with permission from Pigtail Pals**

Melissa Wardy is the creator/owner of Pigtail Pals www.pigtailpals.com. A business owner, writer, and children’s advocate, her work has appeared on CNN, FOX News, and in the Ms. Magazine blog. She is the mom to a 5yo girl and 3yo boy and wants to see some big changes in the children’s marketplace.  What originally began in 2009 as an empowering online t-shirt shop for little girls has now grown into a large online boutique that carries  goods with the message to Redefine Girly and recognize our girls as “Smart ~ Daring ~ Adventurous”. We also have a line of tees for little boys calledCurious Crickets.

In 2010 Melissa began the Redefine Girly blog to educate parents on issues of gender stereotypes and sexualization that our children face. The blog and parent community quickly became known as the go-to place for parents to discuss these issues. In 2011 Melissa started presenting Media Literacy workshops for parents and educators helping them to understand how girlhood was changing, and in 2012 you’ll be able to read her book that brings everything full circle. Let’s change the way we think about our girls.


Lissa Rankin's picture

Megan, you're adorable

May you definitely wake up tomorrow feeling full of awesome.
Because you are. I can tell.
With love

Megan:D's picture


I'm a preteen so I know how this feels waking up every day thinking i'm fat or maybe my clothes look silly well every day I try hard not to wake up like that but on some days I just worry my head off any way I just wanted to say tomorrow you should walk you feeling awesome.!

Lissa Rankin's picture

I actually feel this way today, Melissa

I woke up today feeling full of awesome. So did my 5 year old daughter. We did a dance party together. We struck poses not unlike your little girl.

I know there are way too many women out there who don't feel like this. But let me at least say that it's possible.

I didn't feel this way 5 years ago. In fact, 5 years ago, it had been over a decade since i felt this way even once. Now it's a pretty much daily occurrence. Getting from then to now required some tough changes, some scary risks, some loss, some discomfort. But when the end result is feeling full of awesome, isn't it worth it?

It is for me, at least. Thanks for the reminder, love.

MyPeaceOfFood's picture

Haven't we all lost our awesome?

Really, I ask myself, Who ACTUALLY feels like this every day? I wish I did. I try to. I find things to look forward to, I enjoy the moment, but it's not a natural state of my being. I have to work at it...and sometimes it feels exhausting. Why? Because apparently I still don't buy into it 100%...if I have to trick myself into feeling good, I'm not feeling good.

At least I've recognized that...but I feel like that's what I keep saying. "At least." When is it more than "At least"?

Anonymous's picture

Ditto. Waking up now is the

Ditto. Waking up now is the same feeling when u found out Santa doesnt exist. Change my life? Where am I going w/o support, money and u health.

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