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The moxie of a title

on January 14, 2011

Moxie.  Now that’s a word I’ve loved for a long time.  I guess because I love people who have “moxie”. Myself I have endeavored to have moxie.  Unapologetically so in fact.  It’s taken me a while to get to a place of peace with who I am. Hence the title of this blog.  I have decided to fully embrace who I am (moxie and all) and go with it.  It’s gotten me this far.  There have been ups and downs.  “Wins, Losses and Lessons” according to Lou Holtz in his book of the same title and I agree.  Isn’t that what we’re all doing?  Winning, losing and learning along the way?  

 I recall when I was younger being pretty comfortable in my own skin.  My parents were supportive.  I had a lot of friends and I was a pretty good student and athlete.  Involved in a lot of activities.  I generally tended toward leadership and even when I wasn’t actively seeking it I usually ended up in a leadership role.  I took some ribbing from time to time because I tended toward talkativeness and drama (imagine that from a girl).  I was pretty outspoken in those days too.  My philosophy was “if you don’t want to know what I think (or can’t handle it when I tell you) then don’t ask”.  Now I admit that’s pretty brash and I was young and inexperienced.  I didn’t feel like I had any shortage of friends so I didn’t much consider whether or not people could “handle” what I had to say. 

I’ve had some lessons and losses since then and 18 years in corporate America to soften the rough edges of a strong-willed, competitive girl with a side of moxie.  Thankfully I still have a lot of those friends that I treasure from long ago.  I also had a marriage experience that made me question everything I thought I was.  My confidence took a serious hit and I worked really hard to remold myself into something that I thought would be more acceptable.  Then I realized that the message I was getting from my former husband and his family was different than what I was getting from the other people in my life that seemed to love me just the way I was.  I decided to do some more learning about who I am and I liked what I discovered. 

I gave myself permission to be the person God created me to be, unapologetically. 

Are you unapologetically you?


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