Positive Thinking & Seeing Your Full Potential

Michele Zipp
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Photo by Arisa

New Year. New you. How many times have you heard that? Truth is, you don't need a new you -- there are so many great things about all of us already. We just need to see our full potential.

I look at CafeMom Arisa and I am inspired. Yes, it must have been great to be crowned All American Talent Woman, but even greater is that Arisa is using her title to further her efforts to increase awareness of domestic violence.

Arisa is beautiful on the inside and outside and I applaud her!

I learned more about her from a CafeMom...

CafeMom joleen told me that Arisa is a single mom raising a 14-year-old daughter by herself. She has been homeless twice and she is one of the main advocates in the group helping countless women get into shelters or escaping their abusers.

Arisa won the title after she performed a monologue she wrote about her past experiences in domestic violence. "Extreme Measures" was written to educate the public about the realities of domestic violence from the viewpoint of the victim. Arisa is a speaker, author and broadcaster, as well as a pioneer in the field of domestic violence cyber-advocacy. She is currently preparing to head up a new nonprofit organization, The Domestic Violence Healing Coalition.

Thank you, Arisa...for all that you do for others.

Arisa deserved that crown and we all deserve a crown and for a variety of different reasons....

It's the good we do from the kindness of our heart that makes us beautiful -- inside and out. I love makeup, yes, but no amount of cover-up can mask if someone is ugly on the inside.

I know how easy it is to get caught up with self-esteem issues -- thinking there is always someone prettier, thinner, has better clothes -- but I just try not to get caught up in all of that. It's not always easy, but all we can do is try. We're all different, have different styles and sizes, and each of us offers something unique -- ourselves! And like Arisa, we can make differences both big and small.

So to start out the New Year on the right note, let's boldly proclaim some things that are positive about ourselves...no matter how silly or small it may seem. I'll start:

I'll cancel plans to babysit for friends and family anytime, I donate clothing to the homeless, and I have the ability to make kids smile when I show them my tattoos.

Your turn!

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