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Since when has an 8 joined the rank of "plus size"? I remember the days when sizes 7&8 represented the average size for women. Apparently, this is no longer the case. When someone as pretty and talented as comedian/actress Amy Schumer becomes the latest victim of our social media's "high-speed train wreck", something is terribly wrong.
While cooking the other day, one of the many entertainment shows that report the latest trends and happenings of the rich and famous, was airing a piece on Amy Schumer. Apparently, the actress whose size typically runs between a 6 and 8, was placed in Glamour Magazine's all-plus-size issue; Schumer was upset because she was never asked, or informed about this before hand. The comedian recently posted a comment on her Instagram noting , "Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous." This in response to their latest swimsuit issue reserved for "Plus Size" models, in which Schumer was also featured in.
O'CONNEL & COMPANY 2016-17 SEASON
O'CONNELL & COMPANY
in residence at
THE PARK SCHOOL OF BUFFALO
4625 Harlem Road • Amherst, NY 14226
2016-2017 SEASON OF SHOWS
This season experience O’Connell & Company “The Home of Great Theatre!”
Curtain Up! at the Smith Theatre
GENTLEMEN PREFER DIVAS
SEPTEMBER 16, 17 & 18, 2016 *
DIVA by DIVA meets GENTLEMEN’S GENTLEMEN in an All Star cabaret Celebration
The WNY Premiere of the new musical
BREAST IN SHOW
SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 30, 2016
“The musical that will make you laugh and cry sometimes at the same time.”
It’s Christmas at the BINGO Palace - Merry, Bright & Fabulous
THE BETSY CARMICHAEL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
NOVEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 18, 2016
“Enthusiastic, energetic, and totally camp...entertaining evening which audiences are sure to enjoy.”
WNY premiere of the Broadway musical hit
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 26, 2017
“Hilarious ... The perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle "Here Comes the Bride!"
What Do We Fear?
Many years ago I read the book, “Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?” by John Powell. The answer provided is…”I am afraid to tell you who I am, because if I tell you who I am, and you don’t like who I am—well, that is all that I have.” What a profound statement of fearfulness and insecurity. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way!
* failure; not being good enough
- being ridiculed, bullied
- being criticized, humiliated, diminished, or shamed.
- various ramifications (perceived or real).
- speaking up and not getting support
- disadvantaging oneself in the moment, or for the future
- not being liked, accepted, appreciated, loved
- loss….of respect, relationships, $
- loss of credibility, stature
Yet, life moves us forward….there’s supposed to be a natural progression:
- physically….we’re no longer children…we’ve grown to adulthood
- intellectually…we’re no longer in grade school…we’ve moved forward
- emotionally…we’re not toddlers…we’ve matured, with coping skills
(Take note: we’re supposed to be on the path to maturity)
- spiritually…we each travel our own path…to understanding
There are ways to get to the root of fear…and face our fears and insecurities head-on. We do not have to be reluctant to face our personal fears, or our professional fears. Indeed, at some level we know that if we do not face them, they will become chronic for the long-term. “Know thyself”…is the age-old remedy to learning who one is, and naturally moving forward from there.
“It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” ~ Mandy Hale
One of the best things to know is that you are not alone. As we mature, we learn to face our fears. Just sitting still for a few minutes, listening to our breath, and asking oneself….”Of what am I afraid?” What is that anxiety about? Let it surface; give it a name. Then ask yourself, “Where do I physically feel this fear?” As Stress….in my chest? As an Achiness in my gut?
Allow yourself to be with the physical fear. Then ask this simple question….How do I need to think differently about this fear? What might not be real or true about what I think about this fear? What has to change? What do I need to do, or how do I need to think differently about this fear I hold? What do I need to do next? Try it.
Sit quietly and have that conversation with yourself. You’ll be surprised with the positive outcomes.
Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together). www.ClaireEKnowles.com 716-622-7753