What I learned from Tina Turner…

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Working Mamas,

I stumbled upon this video from Tina Turner’s 76th birthday celebration, and oh my. It lit me up inside. She taught me something powerful. While I’m pretty sure I knew it on the mental level, I felt it throughout my whole body. Something just clicked — especially at 27 seconds when she does a little skip!

Even if you watch just the first two minutes, my hope is that you’ll experience something similar. From the moment you can see her feet, there’s…

A calmness.

An aliveness.

A panache.

She exudes such humble confidence and owns her magnificence. It’s absolutely brilliant. Imagine a world if more of us women showed up this way?

What if you walked into your next networking event, board room meeting, or even just a restaurant, that way? Okay maybe you wouldn’t strut, or maybe you would! Imagine being so accepting and enthusiastic about who you are, leaving no room to hold back?

I can remember a time when I was in grad school — six months pregnant, getting my Masters, working a full-time, corporate job all while also coaching on the side. I would get comments like, “You’re so amazing. How do you do it?” I’m telling you this not to gloat, but because I didn’t own it; I downplayed it.

Can you relate? How many times have you sat in a meeting and not really gone for it? Not shared that million dollar idea that you know could have solved everything? Or maybe you’ve taken the backseat in a conversation with your husband because you just felt that was the ‘right’ thing to do.

No more. Imagine waking up, embracing your greatness, your uniqueness and celebrating it?

Instead of collapsing, channel Tina and try this:

  1. Celebrate yourself — in your mind, energetically, and in the way in which you talk with others.
  2. Trust that there’s room for everyone to experience success  — you having a win doesn’t take away from someone else’s.

Brene Brown said it best, “Courage starts showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” CWM, it’s time to own your magnificence and be seen. If you need to strut. Own it.  Do and be whatever it is you need to in order to ignite that spark inside and own who you are… it’s time. It’s from that place we can really make an impact.

And…I promise you’ll have a lot more fun along the way.

With love and gumption,

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