Sharing the voices of many…I have said it before and I will say it again: It makes me happy. I swoon with respect and admiration for the entire Just.Be.Enough. community when we share unique perspectives as we take this journey to being enough together. Today’s guest is someone I have so much professional and personal respect for. Danielle Liss is the Chief Marketing Officer of FitFluential. She’s been writing Kitten a Go-Go since 2004. Danielle is the founder of Blog Law Basics. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and two hairless cats.

Redefining what it means to be enough | Just.Be.Enough.For many years, my definition of myself was based on external labels. I was a lawyer. I was a recovering shopping addict. I was a yuppie. I was overweight. I had chronic illnesses. In everything I did, I had a label. All of my personality fit into little compartments.

With time, I learned that the labels didn’t feel like me. I didn’t want to be the girl with fibromyalgia. I didn’t want to be the sum of my material possessions. I didn’t want to be the girl who couldn’t control her spending. I wanted to be healthy, whole and happy.

After years of just getting by, life changed. I left the world of litigation. I started working out more. I strengthened my personal relationships.

I made a conscious decision to become happier. While I didn’t realize it at the time, the labels and the way I viewed myself had to be changed.

I still have fibromyalgia, but I feel better than I have in years. I’m still a recovering compulsive shopping addict, but after years of growth, it’s taught me to better handle stress. I’m still practicing law, but now it is on my terms. I am still overweight, but I am getting stronger every day and I am no longer plagued by constant thoughts of self doubt. I’m definitely still a yuppie, but I am much more grateful for what I have and I do my best to avoid the very annoying act of yuppie whining.

Shedding the labels has taken time. The trickiest aspect is that I am still all of the things that I was previously labeled. But those things no longer define who I am. I’ve learned that to be happy I must be more than the sum of my parts.

I walked away from my pre-conceived notions of myself, but did that mean that I walked away from me? No. For the first time, I feel like I’m truly getting to know myself. The littlest changes have made me feel like I am a whole person. Complete.

Ditching the labels has helped me see that I am so much more than I thought. I’m strong. Driven. Passionate. Inspired. Blessed. And most importantly, happy. I’ve learned to just be me and to love me unconditionally.


About Elena

Living, doing, and growing, Elena is a freelance writer and chaser of dreams trying to make every moment matter. Follow her adventures at LiveDoGrow. You can also find her on @ElenaSonnino on Twitter.

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