For years, my mum has told me, “You are scandalous” in reference to my sometimes “shocking” directness and expression of self.
At first, I was a little hurt and took it negatively. And I would immediately go into defense mode. But with time, understanding and self-acceptance, I have come to love this word and I believe it speaks to the truest part of who I am.
I’ve embraced it so much so that my word for this year is (drum roll, please): SCANDALOUS.
But I’ve redefined it. (Yes, you can redefine a word.)
Scandalous – adjective
- doing something that will have real meaning in your life;
- living in congruence with your truest self;
- putting yourself out there with great daring.
Synonyms: bodacious, dauntless, audacious; intrepid; fearless; bold; gutsy
I am scandalous! And that’s a good thing in my book.
So this year no more hiding my “light under a bushel.” I am coming out scandalously!
Call to Action: Can you feel me on this? Are you struggling with letting your scandalous self shine? Or are you already scandalous? Please share your stories below. I’d love hear them.