The Cone of Shame

My good girl went on a rampage last night.

She was feeling totally out of control and she threw a hissy fit more impressive than a 3 year old hyped up on sugar and soda pop.

This morning my wise woman gently whispered in my ear, “Cry if you must but look outside yourself to seek inspiration and support so you can move on.”  My badass buddy Leanne said, “Stop crying. You are a badass.  Badasses learn and move forward, not wallow in guilt or pity for not being perfect.”

These are the messages I had received by 8:00 AM today:

Stand for Love. –Danielle LaPorte

Nobody, Missy, is who they are based upon one decision, one day, one path, one chance, one relationship, or one anything else. Every day is brand new and opportunity never stops knocking. Missy, not even 10,000 lifetimes could contain who you are. –The Universe

The more I practice loving myself the more lovable I become. –Gabby Bernstein

I am worth investing in.
My time is valuable.
It’s okay for me to charge a premium for the value I add to the world.
Mastin Kipp

Truth telling. (The daringly happy and ebullient kind.)  The purely positive truth that makes you shy to share? They’re so bright and electrically charged that you fear they might blind their receiver, or you’ll just look all gushy and soft and love foolish.  Dare to tell the true story of your gratitude. Be a light worker. Break out your love shine. –Danielle LaPorte

Today, I choose to no longer spend my precious energy on negative thoughts because the naturalness of the happy feels so squee and my ability to receive it is so clearly right here.

I will sit in the present.

The universe is like a crock pot-SET IT AND FORGET IT!

I will stop apologizing for who I am at my core because I am teaching others how to be unapologetic for who they are at their core.

I HEREBY DECLARE that I am burning my cone of shame (I know burning plastic is toxic) and putting on my crown of awesomeness…BECAUSE I AM BADASS THAT’S WHY!!!

The Crown of Awesomeness

The Crown of Awesomeness


About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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