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Do you ever wonder if you’re too sensitive?

Maybe people have said, “You need to get a thicker skin,” or it’s simply something you repeatedly say to yourself. Particularly on those days when conflict, criticism or other people’s negative energy makes you feel like you got punched in the gut.

As a highly sensitive person, this has been a recurring theme in my life. And in today’s episode, you’ll learn how to make your sensitivity a gift instead of a setback.

Because I honestly believe my ability to feel things deeply is one of my greatest strengths. It’s what allows me to do the work I do in the world. And it’s taken me quite some time to figure how to really leverage that gift, while mitigating the downside.

My hope is that some of what I’ve learned might help you, too.

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Every once in a while, you meet someone who is the epitome of eloquence.

Someone who inspires you with her gentle strength, loving heart and fierce determination to make this world a better place.

That woman is Tammy Tibbetts, founder of She’s The First. Tammy and I connected last year, when we sponsored nine amazing girls through Tammy’s organization in honor of Malala Day.

(Huge shout out to our STF scholars – Idda, Makesh, Maimuna, Rachel, Swastika, Mariamawit, Mary, Irma, and Elizabeth!)

In today’s episode, you’ll learn how Tammy went from selling prom dresses to launching a global organization that has sponsored over 1,254 years of girls’ education in low-income countries.

The goal is creating first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders.

Because as research has shown, when you educate a girl, you change more than just one life. You change the world.

While I adore this entire conversation, I really want you to listen for this…

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Before I say anything else, I must say THANK YOU.

The love and support you shared for me, my dad and my family was truly overwhelming. I read every comment and every note that came my way, and each one fueled me with hope and possibility.

I am so deeply appreciative of your humanity, your kindness and generosity. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this.)

And, I’m happy to report that my amazing Pops is doing so much better now. We’ve been getting positive feedback from the team of docs he’s working with and I’m incredibly optimistic about the road ahead.

Now onto today’s episode. This Q&A got me super fired up. It has to do with something I’ve heard throughout my life (though thankfully not much anymore).

And anytime someone would say this two-word phrase to me, I wanted to slap them silly. Not because I didn’t think their intentions were good, but more because I didn’t feel understood as a human being.

Have a watch and learn what I believe is the world’s worst advice for ambitious people. As you’ll hear me say in the episode, I’m not talking about burning yourself out or doing anything that would negatively impact you or your relationships. We need to make that uber clear, OK?

What I am talking about is a natural and very healthy hunger many of us have to create, connect and contribute. It’s an insatiable sense of curiosity and enthusiasm for life. For doing things, making things and discovering things that spark joy.

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A few weeks ago, I got the worst text of my life.

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My dad, who had seemed to be in good health, passed out cold in a bank. He was rushed to the ER. They discovered his kidneys were failing.

To say the past few weeks have been challenging is an understatement.

I’m here with him and my mom now. He’s on the mend but he’s still got quite a road in front of him with surgery, treatments, etc. (And yes, we’ll take all the prayers and healing vibes you’re willing to send.)

Naturally, I’ve been thinking a lot about the fragility of life lately. I’ve also been thinking a lot about time. How we spend it, and how absolutely precious it is. Because once that resource is spent, we can never get it back.

One of our MarieTV viewers asked a question that I’ve heard a lot, but haven’t answered until now. “Marie, what’s the one thing you wished you knew sooner?”

My answer is in today’s episode. It speaks to how I wasted an enormous amount of time early on in my career struggling with something that, ultimately, didn’t matter.

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Every summer for nearly ten years now, I have a ritual I look forward to. It’s nothing fancy or complicated.

Just a simple practice that’s introduced me to new ideas, new people and — most often — to new parts of myself.

That ritual is taking yoga class with an extraordinarily gifted woman named Colleen Saidman Yee, author of the new book Yoga For Life.  

For me, her classes are transcendent. I laugh. I sweat. I cry. (Not always in that order.)

Inevitably, I walk away from my time with Colleen stronger in my humanity, more loving towards my body and softer in my heart.

Often, I find myself trying to remember insights and fresh ideas that always seem to download into my consciousness out of nowhere when I’m in her class. That’s why I’m so very thrilled to introduce you to her today.

If you ever struggle with feeling crushed under the weight of trying to be perfect, fulfill all of your responsibilities and stay in touch with the sweetness of life, I think you’ll truly enjoy this episode.

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