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Let your sun shine out!

I grew up in Northern California.

It’s a pretty amazing place to grow-up.

We lived on a golf course on three beautiful acres.

Our neighbors across the street had a vineyard. (A small one, but still. I cannot TELL you how fun it was to play amongst the wine barrels growing up!)

I know a lot of people say they had a great growing up, but, I am pretty confident my childhood could be this generation’s Little House on the Prairie books. (Or I guess not this generation, but whatever the kiddos and younger generations will be called.)

But the post on how awesome my childhood was is a tale for another day.

This post is about y-o-u. Not me.

But it’s thanks to my childhood.

I’ve talked about how awesome my Mama is this week. But I should also talk about some of the other awesome Mamas in my life who have made a difference.

My best friend’s Mom ran the Auburn Montessori School, a school I attended starting in pre-preschool. (The called it “prep” in those days.) I will forever be grateful to that Montessori School.

Here are my brother and I before one of our first days of school:

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Aren’t we adorable?

But again, that’s not the point. (Although my choice in a Care Bears lunch box was pretty stellar!)

Thanks to my Montessori education and Joanne, I learned to let ME shine out.

I didn’t just learn to read, to write, to do math. I learned to play, to sing, to speak French, to make friends.

And, most importantly, I learned to be ME.

And confidently bring that me out into the world.

I’m in good company, too. Other notable Montessori alums? The founder of Amazon.com. The co-founders of Google. Julia Child. The founder of Wikipedia. Peter Drucker. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Anne Frank. Joshua Bell. The Cusaks. Alan Rickman. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Helen Keller. Yo Yo Ma. Beyonce. Taylor Swift.

I could keep going.

But it doesn’t matter how many people have attended Montessori School or find it to be successful.

I know why.

Because we learned to pursue our passions with knowledge, confidence, heart, and soul. And we learned that we are all unique, beautiful, and have special strengths and skills that we can share with the world.

It’s no coincidence that my best friend has relentlessly pursued a career in medicine and is now in her residency at Brown. My brother is an amazingly gifted writer and music critic. And I? Well, I’m doing the best I can teaching yoga, blogging, speaking, and sharing my experiences with all of you.

What Montessori School taught me, more than anything, was that we are all amazing. We have unique talents to bring to the world. We have passion. We have inner-drive. We have self-love.

And we can’t keep those talents, those skills, those desires bottled up inside.

We have to share them out into the world.

And so, I beg of you, to let yourself shine OUT.

Embrace your talents. Work to improve your weaknesses. Get help with the things you aren’t good at. (It’s strength, not weakness to admit our faults and ask for assistance.)

But take your talents out into the world! Do not keep YOU bottled up.

Open the bottle.

Unleash your soul.

Be brave and trust that you have merit. That you have good to bring out into the world.

It doesn’t have to be huge. We are not all going to wake up one day as Yo Yo Ma and a concert cellist.

But we can do small thins, every day, to live the most authentic, most compassionate, most loving life possible.

And it starts by sharing yourself. By opening yourself up to the world. By taking chances. By stepping out of your comfort zone.

And by always, always, always being true to your authentic self.

Let the real you, the awesome you, the sincere you SHINE OUT into the world.

You don’t need a big business plan to begin. You don’t need to know what direction you need to go.

You just need to take a baby step today. By letting yourself connect to you. And trust that you are fabulous, amazing, and have talents that are deserving to be shared with the world.

And check back next week for an exercise to help you tap into this new found sense of strength so that you can better share it out into the Universe!

In the mean time, work to LOVE YOU, embrace YOU, and share your YOU-ness with the world.

Don’t put a stopper on your own sunshine. Let your sun shine out! Show your SELF to the world.

Good things will come.




  • Alexandria @ Al2getherfit

    April 22, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Love this! (I think I say that about ALL your posts!) Such a huge and great lesson to pass on!

  • Lauren Gay

    April 22, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Love the encouragement! If we all learned self love it would improve our relationships and interactions with other people tremendously!

  • Nichole

    April 22, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Um, let’s talk about this photo – soo cute! I love this post, Lora. Sometimes, the older we get, I feel like it can be hard to let ME shine through, but as always a great reminder! xo

  • Beth Blacker

    April 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Passion is so important and clearly you have it!

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    April 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    This post and the whole message behind it is beautiful, and MAN your old school sounds like heaven!!