"When I envision the type of woman I strive to become, this mantra comes to mind: Strong Spine, Open Heart.
Through all the years of heart-break, both personally and professionally, I stay committed to living life with a wide-open heart. But, that doesn't mean that I’m OK with being taken advantage of. That’s where the “strong spine” comes into play. Start first with a strong spine -- meaning a strong sense of knowing who you are, what you are worth and what you will tolerate. Once that is established, the heart can be as wide-open as you please. Let your love flow bountifully and unconditionally. Because now that you’ve established your strength, nothing can get in the way of your loving, open heart."
*This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for MindBodyGreen entitled, "Are You Giving Yourself Away for Free?" You can access the full article here. Thanks for reading! xoxo, Mandy