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Stitch Your Own Laces
April 15, 2013|Uncategorized

Stitch Your Own Laces

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Have you ever been asked the question “If you could be anyone else who would it be?” What was your answer and why?

It’s a question I’ve never enjoyed answering because the truth is, God made me who I AM and being who I am is as good as it’s going to get. What I choose to do with my tools and resources are up to me but wishing to step into someone else’s shoes has never been a desire.

There have certainly been points in time where I have thought, today it would be wonderful to be like Oprah and have hair and makeup done every morning, and have such good influential power or have a voice like Celine Dion. These are fantasies but honestly no matter how hard I try, I can’t be them.

We all live with familiar fears about our bodies, our looks, certain features on us we don’t tell too many people. Even celebrities critique themselves; they just try to hide them from the media and us. I’m sure there is no one who says “I’m absolutely perfect” and if they do, wow! I’d love to bottle their confidence and inject women around the world with it.Brands spend millions of dollars a year trying to sell us this promise that acquiring more of their superficial products will make us feel better. In reality it’s a quick fix and if you’re switched on you know it’s just a bandaid.

It may or may not surprise you that the world’s most beautiful women on the covers of top selling magazines have been air brushed, photo shopped, imaged-distorted and sent for endless edits and approvals. You then see them in real life without make-up and they look like a total different person. I stopped reading these types of magazines long ago because I often found that I would feel somewhat deflated after reading them. The truth is, it isn’t the truth.
The next time you go to put on your sneakers, appreciate your own laces. Stand proud and walk tall in your own shoes kept together by the fabric of who you are. You have been born for a purpose which neither Oprah, Celine or any other celebrity can achieve. Only YOU, with your own gift, created for greatness can achieve your purpose.

Be a first rate you and not a second rate somebody else

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Elka Whalan
With her vibrant personality and positive attitude ELKA WHALAN (nee Graham) has successfully made the transition from Dual Olympic Swimmer to media personality.