I’m Allie. I am the Founder and Director of Wonderfully Made, a nationwide non-profit for teen girls and young women designed to equip and encourage them to know their God-given value and live spiritually and emotionally healthy lives.
"When a girl or woman knows her true God-given value, it changes everything."
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Breaking Up With Your Ideal Self
Denmark is the happiest nation in the world—according to studies—and researchers attribute Danes’ happiness to having low expectations in life. In other words, Danes have a non-idealized way of looking at the world. The happiness killer isn’t having ideals. Rather, it’s the power we give them. We can either be inspired by or imprisoned by our ideals—and the choice is ours.
The word ideal can be defined as:
- Existing as a mental image or in fancy or imagination only; broadly: lacking practicality
- A standard of perfection, beauty, or excellence
- Of, relating to, or embodying an ideal
Since the age of twelve an ever-widening chasm between my life ideal and my reality has loomed over me. The daughter of successful parents with a mother who fed me motivational quotes and self-help books as if they were milk, I’ve always been a dreamer, a goal setter and a somewhat obsessive list-maker. Deep-seated insecurity has been the fuel driving many of my lofty, unmet goals.
In middle school I daydreamed of high school—of having a tall, baseball-playing boyfriend who drove a blue ’69 mustang; of being the standout soccer player and the captivating object of all the guy’s affection.
I recently “read” the audio version of Cal Newport’s book “Digital Minimalism” which is about living a focused and intentional life in an increasingly noisy world. As a millennial I grew up with a lot of technology. My dad worked for IBM, we owned the first home computer and my mom was an early adapter
As a benefit for Wonderfully Made, we hosted the Santa Barbara premiere of Bethany Hamilton’s new documentary, “Unstoppable.” This event has been several years in the making so I was a dream come to true to see it become a reality. Thank you Santa Barbara and friends for packing the theatre full and it has