Scandalous Redefined

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

  1. doing something that will have real meaning in your life;
  2. living in congruence with your truest self; 
  3. 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.

4 thoughts on “Scandalous Redefined”

  1. I relate Janine! I have a reputation to be unorthodox. And I don’t care. It’s my strength. I love being a mystery and have a few surprising tricks to pull out of the hat (or at least give the impression that I do hahaha) 🙂

    • Hi, Rudiano. I am happy to meet an “unorthodox” from the other side of the pond. I live in the U.S. of A., as you put it. And yes, being unorthodox or “scandalous” is good. Think about it: Aren’t the best, most memorable shows and books about offbeat characters? So let’s continue to embrace our strength and our blessing.


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