Permission Granted: Celebrate Your Weirdness

Each of us is unique and has gifts, talents and abilities to share with the people around us. If you sometimes feel a little weird or doubt yourself in any way, you have full and complete permission to be your authentic and perhaps weird self.

A couple of years ago I could have used this exact permission slip to simply be myself. I didn’t realize at the time that the fact that I’m breathing is the permission within me to simply, fully and completely be myself….even if that is weird.

I spent my entire marriage dimming and diminishing, even denying my own truest self, my gifts and talents as well as their expression that I have within me. If I’ve learned anything these past years of separation, divorce and beyond it’s that I will never, EVER sacrifice myself and my gifts and talents for the comfort or approval of anyone else.

My ex husband at one point told me “Diane, I’m going to need you to stop doing weird sh*t.” In reference to natural or dry shampoo or something like that. I now have moments of joy in realizing I am completely free to do weird sh*t and it is amazing.

I think each of us could be considered a little “weird” in one or many ways, but that weirdness is what makes us interesting, even fascinating and complex people. So if you’re looking for permission to own and celebrate your weirdness, permission has already been granted because you are here and you are YOU.

I’m a real estate broker who sometimes shows houses in yoga pants or workout clothes. I’ll do an early morning walk through unshowered and without makeup on, most of the time meeting a client in the same state. If you’re looking for all polished and perfect all the time, please move right along because we are not a fit.

The more I’ve owned and celebrated my unique and individual gifts, talents and abilities, even weirdness, the more absolutely incredible people have arrived in my life. I am surrounded by inspiring, loving, heartfelt friends, clients and connections…..and we’re ALL at least a little weird.

It took me a long time to understand that I’M the one I was looking for and that I belong to myself. Brene Brown’s latest book Braving the Wilderness beautifully speaks to true belonging. Highly recommend reading that book.

Wishing you a fantastic week!


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For the Love of Moxie Podcast

Jen Hatmaker and Glennon Doyle are two of my very favorite authors and they did a podcast together on Jen’s For the Love of Moxie podcast series that is hilarious, brilliant and oh so very relevant and full of truth.

Truth that inspired me to take notes while listening because I wanted to capture and remember it. Gems of truth regarding letting go of the quest for perfection and fitting in and the freedom that release has to offer.

Trusting ourselves and listening to our own inner knowing…..which as women we are trained and told by society NOT to do under any circumstances, ever. And which is complete BS.

The lie that we’re doing life wrong when it feels hard and challenging. The reality that as Glennon stated “the brutal doesn’t break us because the beautiful sustains us”.

These two ladies are each fabulous and it’s well worth listening to their conversation at For the Love Of Moxie.

In my own experience, trusting myself and using my voice to speak my truth absolutely alienates and invites rejection from people. I also know it to be the most powerful way of opening the door to genuine connection with the most heartfelt, loving and genuine people I have ever known.

Those heartfelt people who don’t deny the messiness that is the human experience are the ones I intentionally choose to have in my life these days. They are amazing and I am grateful to know them.

Jen Hatmaker’s latest book Of Mess and Moxie is fabulous and Glennon’s most recent book Love Warrior is about her journey of learning to trust herself. Both are highly recommended reading.

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