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Date archive for: November 2016

Playing Small Does not Serve the World

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One of my all-time favorite quotes is often attributed to Marianne Williamson but I’ve also seen another version attributed to Nelson Mandela.  Here’s the MW version:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

I went ahead and bold-typed every little phrase that I think I’m going to turn into a product.  I started today with this necklace that’s made in the USA and you can order it here: https://www.gearbubble.com/playingsmall

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We’re not raising robots

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screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-1-24-25-pm“We’re not raising robots who need programming, we’re raising adventurers who need a tool kit”  I love this quote! As an unschooling mom, I often find myself in worlds where people “don’t get” the freedom I allow my children. And I’m lucky, mine have never been terrible inappropriate socially, but I feel for my friends who have struggled with maintaining relationships or limiting social encounters because their kids weren’t ready for it.  I think it’s a great reminder that the goal of parenting isn’t to turn kids into perfectly compliant little robots, but eager explorers and agents of change in their world.

This design is available as tote bags, journals, posters, T shirts and even pillow cases. Wherever you need that reminder, you can get it.