I met Maria Thomas (of My Life as a Puddle) at the Truthteller Tour in Boulder earlier this year. We were both featured speakers sharing truths about ourselves that were not easy to share. It was an emotional night where the power of sharing painful truths was both liberating and an intense connector to others that we didn’t even know. After the event, Maria realized how sharing her story with others could help so many people, so she reached out and here we are. Maria’s story starts with her early diagnosis of hyperhidrosis but it turns into so much more as she has navigated this journey called life, sometimes with courage and sometimes in fear.
We recorded in the Skirt Sports Boulder store, after hours, surrounded by skirts, bras, successes, failures, the past and the future. It was like a glimpse into the deep guts of one world while we literally talked about the guts of another woman’s world.
Today we talk about:
- Hyperhidrosis: Uncontrollable excessive sweating that started for her when she was as young as 6
- Marriage: Divorce, Cheating & Forgiveness
- Gut health / Brain health connection
- What it feels like to want to kill yourself
- Her path to a healthy mind & healthy body
- Some great reads: No Grain, No Pain by Dr. Peter Osborne and Grain Brain & The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan both by Dr. David Perlmutter
- Maria’s speech at the Truthteller tour
- And so much more
I think about what Maria is able to share today and it makes me so proud. And grateful. Grateful that Maria gave herself a wakeup call. Grateful that she is so willing to be open about very difficult topics that many people are too embarrassed to mention. There are so many life situations and so many nuggets in this episode. I’d love to hear your favorites. If you want to connect with Maria be sure to contact her through her website mylifeasapuddle.com – I love her tagline “creating hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time.” And I’ll leave you by repeating her final nugget “you have a choice every day whether you are going to rise above or stay below. And just take that one next step to become a better person whatever that might look like for you.”
Are you going through the pits of hell? Watch my video, and keep going! The Universe conspires with those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Don't give up.So much to say about this video. 1) I'll start with a quote by Brené Brown:“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” This took a great deal of courage to not only write, but to then read on stage in front of hundreds of people as it was simultaneously live streamed all over the world. I still can't believe I did it, but I know I was called to do so. Thank you Kelly McNelis Senegor and Women For One for choosing me as one of your inaugural truthtellers at the Women For One Truthtellers Tour and for giving me the platform to share my "messy brilliance." I 💙 you so hard.2) There are only two opinions I care about – mine and God's. My story, His glory. My intention is to use my mess as my message so that it might help others. I got a second chance, and I now have what Brendon Burchard – Live. Love. Matter. calls "mortality motivation." I'm proud of myself for doing the work and – like a Phoenix – rising from the ashes. For 2 years, I carried shame and guilt around like an overstuffed carry-on that refused to fit under the seat. But that baggage has been checked. Buh bye!"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do." – Brene Brown3) Don't apologize for your success. While there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, don't shrink so that others can feel better about themselves. Some people might like you better when you're broken, but for me those days are over.“Even to me the issue of 'stay small, sweet, quiet, and modest' sounds like an outdated problem, but the truth is that women still run into those demands whenever we find and use our voices.” – Brene BrownPart of me is still scared to post this, but I'm doing it anyway because my word for 2018 is FEARLESS. You can read the written version of "Just Stay" here: https://womenforone.com/just-stay/Thank you to my family and friends who were with me that night in Boulder. Your support speaks for itself.#TruthtellerTour #WomenForOne #Wf1 #BreneBrown #BrendonBurchard
Posted by Maria Thomas on Sunday, May 6, 2018
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