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"Suzanne, just be yourself." Considering how many times I've said those words, you'd think they'd have worn out their usefulness by now. But it's still the best advice for me. When I'm shakin' in my heels, and all else fails to calm my nerves, those four little words bring me back to the reality of what makes life more fun.
For a long time instead of calming me down, those words didn't do a thing except create more anxiety, because I didn't believe I was good enough. Especially when I compared myself to other people. But thankfully, I've learned to listen to the truth. It doesn't always come easy, might not be the first thoughts I reach for, but eventually I get around to remembering the best advice for me, "Suzanne, just be yourself."
**Congratulations to the winners of last week's book giveaway Lisa Kroft, Debbie Durst, Kathleen Hanselmann, Jody Pearch, Emily Oswald Coffey, Kay O'Dell, Lydia Gartner, Millie Scott, Linda Hitchcock, Anne Kush, Rachel Himmelberger, Doris Suggs, Kim Spurgas, Nancy Reynolds, Loretta Blimline, Shelly Thompson, Nancy Breece, Susan Biggs, Teresa Pitts-Moore, Jeanna Edaburn, Stephanie Kempf, Joan Bendall, Gina Jiron, Debra Blumberg, Marie Giongo, Elise Devlin, Krista Wilson, Anna Rogers, Robert Renwick and Rebecca Kanan.
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KIDSBUZZ: This week, books for child and teen readers about aliens, secrets and dancing, and a teen environmentalist from Johan Olander, A Field Guide to Aliens; Christine Fletcher, Ten Cents a Dance; and Abby McDonald, Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots. For a chance to win free books and more, see http://www.authorbuzz.com/kidsbuzz
* This month's Penguin Classics book is Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset. To start reading and enter for your chance to win a Penguin totebag go to: http://tinyurl.com/March10Classics