Fabulous Friday – Put Your Belle Dress On

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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When I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was Belle (the Disney princess in “Beauty and the Beast”).

She was brunette, and I could identify with her more than red-headed Ariel and blonde Cinderella. She also had her head on her shoulders! She was smart, witty, and didn’t need a man to define her. My kinda babe.

So, for Halloween following the movie’s summer release, I knew hands down who I WANTED TO BE: Belle.

So my mom, went to town with the idea. She found a local seamstress who specialized in making children’s Halloween costumes, and Party City ate my dust—the seamstress made me my own customized and fitted yellow Belle ball-gown.

I don’t think I took that thing off for weeks. I wore it most days—playing dress-up and pretending to be the Belle of the ball.

I wore it to my birthday (costume) party (I am an October baby), school Halloween parade, and on Halloween night, I remember sitting in the back of my mom’s mini-van, waving to all my “fans” on the street like Miss America.

I didn’t just have a Belle dress.

I WAS Belle.

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The remainder of that 4-year-old year, my Belle dress was my personal “superhero” costume—any time I put it on, I was instantly transformed into a Disney princess, who could do ANYTHING she put her mind to, and knew she was beautiful—inside and out.

  As time went on with more Halloweens rolling around, my Belle dress wearing became less and less. I mixed up my attire—Jasmine the next year, a hippie, a pajama girl, and so on and so on. However, nothing ever compared to my beautiful Belle dress—or the way I felt when I wore my ballgown…unstoppable.

Until today.

My Belle dress wearing days taught me a mighty powerful lesson. Something that I would tap into, years later, when I found myself really struggling with my worth, unhealthy habits, and low self-esteem.

The lesson?

So as we THINK, therefore we BECOME.

Four-year-old little me THOUGHT she was Belle, every time she put on that dress.

So, in turn, I acted like Belle, talked like Belle, thought like Belle, and I became Belle every time I wore my yellow dress.

The SAME lesson applies today, concerning WHO YOU WANT TO BE and WHAT  YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO LOOK LIKE.

So as we THINK, therefore we BECOME.

Thrive Project #2

Ok. Now it’s your turn.

Who did you want to be (or be like) as a kid?

A Disney princess? Mary Kate and Ashley Olson (twins)? Wonder Woman?

Fast forward to today…WHO do you want to be?

No, not a celebrity now or even your grandma.

Who is the HEALTHY, THRIVING, SOUL-ON-FIRE, ROCKIN-YO-BIKINI YOU that you WANT to be? Mind, body and soul—thriving, healthy YOU?

This picture can look like ANYTHING you want.

What does healthy thriving you think like? Talk like? Act like? Look like?

I want you to gain a REALLY REALLY CLEAR picture of WHO healthy, thriving YOU is.

  • Is she confident in her own skin?
  • Does she have a cute golden retriever that she takes on long walks?
  • Does she have a deep, spiritual connection?
  • Is she intuitive?
  • Is she able to have her cake and eat it too?
  • Does she binge and/or purge—or does she eat to satisfy and nourish?
  • Does she count calories and worry about how many carbs are in a stick of gum, or does she eat a balanced plate, knowing her body will figure out what to do with it all?
  • Does she go to a cardio kickboxing class because it will zap the most cals, or does she go on a long walk in nature to soak up some Vitamin D, or just listen to a good podcast?
  • Does she lift to get stronger—inside and out—or does she lift to try to tighten, tone, whittle, and hate (on her body)?
  • Does she date, and have a backbone—not letting the first gentleman who looks her way sweep her off her feet?
  • Is she a good steward with her money—not easily swayed by a sale at Nordstrom when she doesn’t have the funds?
  • Is she spontaneous?
  • Does she have BALANCE?
  • Do the little things stress her out?
  • Does she try to control situations?
  • Does she have a “healthy” control?
  • Does she waste time or maximize it?
  • Is she able to be present—or constantly worried, thinking about the next thing?
  • Fun loving?
  • Able to cry?
  • Does she love well?
  • Is she kind towards others—looking for the best always in them?
  • Does she live in New York—finally pursuing her dream job; or is she stuck in the 9-5 she loathes, fearful of leaving security?
  • And on and on…

Your vision of healthy, thriving, VIBRANT you can be ANYTHING you want it to be.

Step 1: Make a list of who this healthy, thriving, happy, heart-beating YOU is—the girl you want to be. The girl you want to work “towards becoming” throughout this 30 day program.

Step 2: After you’ve finished your list….look at it, and reflect:

So as I think therefore I become.

Even though you may NOT feel or believe you are her YET—pretend you are her TODAY…

Embody her…

Make decisions, choices, actions and think like she would—in all circumstances.

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