allisonmcgreefineart.com2016Pen.ance Definition noun 1. Voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong. 2. A Christian sacrament in which a member of the Church confesses sins to a priest and is given absolution. Why worry so much, at all, about other people’s opinions? You are good, you are you, YOU are enough. Be proud, stop apologizing and feeling guilty. Move. On. And own your voice. It sounds so easy! When I was growing up, I was never disciplined by being grounded. I was disciplined, sure, but never grounded. Somehow in my early twenties whenever I was disappointed in myself I “grounded” myself. Being grounded gave me time to think, time to change; time to see what the hell happened…probably a combination of all of the above. I am now in my thirties and I really think I am held back by my fear of doing something “wrong.” So today, my thought is to be the best, kindest, most true me and forget the rest. It might not fit with everyone (it won’t), but I trust that some people want to hear what I think, see what I paint…see the biggest version of me. Growing pains and all. J Channeling my Daring Greatly (an amazing book by Brene Brown that I HIGHLY recommend reading).