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TYE 149: I wasn’t meant to be the prettiest girl in school

Sep 22, 2022
Shelli Varela, TED-Talk, female-firefighter, inspiring-women, inspiring-ringtone

Jealousy and comparison can shatter us. But when we focus on others’ success, money, fame, appearance, situation or whatever, we forget the truth - the truth of our own gifts and the true story of what’s beneath the surface. 

I wanted to share this quick story about a girl in my high school - hands down the prettiest and most popular girl in the school. Every fibre in my short, geeky body badly wanted to be her. Turns out, there was so much more to the story, and it made me forever grateful for my own gifts and for being exactly who I be.

I hope this inspires you to focus on your gifts and appreciate exactly where you are on your journey.

Please listen, review and share with someone who needs to hear it too. 



“If you are trying to build a castle, make sure you don’t build it on sand. Build it on something that’s going to last. Build it on something real. Build it on something that is true and authentic to you.”

“There are going to be times when you look at other people and think ‘this is grossly unfair that this is my life and other people get to have that’ but sometimes you can’t see over the fence.”

“If ever you find yourself in a position where you feel like ‘this just sucks, it’s hard and I wish I had that', just keep using and building the tools in your own tool box to get you to the destination you are meant to be.”

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TYE 124: What I learned from getting bullied at school


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