Be fearless! As all kids do they jump right into fun no matter if there appears to be danger or they might get hurt. We were in the hotel room and there was a bed so kids do what kids do...they jump in the bed. I was perfectly fine when her and her brother were jumping in the bed but when they started jumping from bed to bed I immediately got nervous. All I could see was one of them jumping, missing the bed and breaking a leg. Not my niece she was having fun and nothing in her spirit said be afraid and not jump. We must stop being afraid of what might happen and just embrace what might be.
Look at me! As siblings tend to do they compete for attention. My niece was so excited to show me that she could do cartwheels. She is really good at it and it made her happy to be able to show me what she could do. The point is that kids have no problem saying hey people look at me, look at what I can do, look at my awesomeness. Somewhere in adulthood we lose that natural tendency to call attention to ourselves, to our talents. We play the small role. We must stop being, thinking and acting small. We need to understand that our purpose calls for us to be bigger, louder, bolder.
Define your own beauty. I was in the bathroom combing my hair and my niece comes in and she looks in the mirror and says I'm not pretty. Before I can even tell her how pretty she is, she leaves the bathroom. She comes back in and she has her hair brush and starts to brush and style her hair. She does this pretty little chignon knot and looks at herself and says now I'm pretty. First, at 6 years old I wasn't doing anything to my hair. I'm pretty sure my aunts were still braiding my hair. Second, she didn't need me to validate her. She saw something about her pretty that was not up to par and she fixed it. I stood in amazement at the confidence this girl child has. She is 6 people! Some of us are grown women well into our womanhood and we still seek validation from others. We still look for others to tell us we are smart, pretty, sexy, the bomb.com. Please know that we don't need validation from others to confirm what we already know. Self-validation is key. If we don't believe in our smarts, beauty and talent then why would others. Accept and own your fabulous!
I must admit I have a pretty awesome niece and heck yeah I am 1000% biased. Spending time with her reminded me of why I started this journey. She reminded me to be bigger and bolder in chasing my dreams. I am leaving a legacy for her so that she will always remember that she is worthy of every good thing in life. I want her to know that her auntie does and will always love this amazing and pretty little girl named Masshyia.
Be Blessed and Fabulous!