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January L'Angelle January L'Angelle honesty seeker. brilliance infuser. really great mom.

A go-getter in all endeavors, motivational speaker January L'Angelle likes to stir up trouble. She writes and directs films and co-founded Stay Brilliant, an organization working to better the lives of people living with mental anomalies. [www.staybrilliant.com]

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The soul is what makes us who we are. It’s the truth about who we are. No matter who we are on the outside or who we pretend to be, we can’t hide from our own soul.

I was not the easiest child to raise. I was fiercely independent. At every age, I wanted to be ten years older than I was, and I got into a lot of trouble. I would always lie about things in a sneaky way to get myself out of trouble. Then, in my late teens, I realized that the only person I was lying to was myself. 

Everyone around me already knew I was lying, so I was only hurting myself. Every time I lied, I took a little bite out of my soul. As I grew older, I realized that knowing the truth for yourself is the most important thing, and it’s the soul that keeps that truth. Being truthful to yourself is being true to your soul.

You know when you’re being dishonest. Not feeling good about it is your soul speaking up. We’re not perfect, but we can do some soul searching and make some repairs. You can say to yourself, “Okay, I can’t take back what I said, so I can try to repair things with that person, or not.” Maybe trying to repair it with them would make things worse. You can do repair work internally, too: “I’m not a bad person. I’m a good person in so many other ways. I won’t beat myself up about this. I’ll learn a lesson and not do it again.”

Change doesn’t happen overnight – we learn slowly – but at some point, we have an epiphany. We wake up and say, “Wow, I am really not going to do that again.” When we learn and don’t repeat, we repair the soul.

I have a little story that keeps me motivated. Every time I tell it I get chills. I have a 22-year-old son. We went through a rough patch when he was a teenager. He was very, very difficult (like mother, like son). I kept firm with my values and kept saying the things I needed to say. He disregarded it all. A few years ago, he said, “You know, Mom, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my friends and their families, and their moms are just not great moms. They don’t pay attention. They don’t listen. They don’t care. I want to tell you that you’re a really great mom.”

January L’Angelle

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