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Why do we love resolutions so much? 

  • They allow us to consciously decide on the kind of people we want to be.
  • They give us a chance to begin anew, to wipe the slate clean.
  • They provide us with the hope of becoming a better person.
  • They help us believe we can atone for the mistakes we’ve made in the past.
  • They make us feel optimistic, hopeful and motivated.

But here’s the rub.

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In Brazil, the weather is near perfect for outdoor activity year round. So as a youngster growing up there, I spent a lot of time on the playground. But sadly, the playground was also my nemesis.

Remember that kid on the playground who was always physically capable of doing monkey bars, handstands and cart wheels? I was NOT that kid!

In fact I didn’t even try. Instead, I just ran around the park playing with the other kids who were like me—the ones who didn’t do all of the cool stuff.  

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I'm a woman who has grown up in a time where society has been infatuated with how women look. A time when women obsess over how we think others think we look.

I have been concerned with how I look since I was 13 years old. The past 20 years have been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows regarding how I look and how I feel. Like many women, I have to try every day to remain positive and think about all the wonderful things that make me who I am as a person. I don't have an answer to the question: "How does one not care what others think?" I still care, but I'm learning to keep it in perspective.

So far, this journey has had some heart-dropping-into-your-stomach moments, and it’s also had some I'm-so-happy-I-could-fly moments. And I’ve learned some good lessons along the way. 

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