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I'm  Telsie Graziano

the self-esteem expert. I am the owner and creator of Crowning Jewels where we inspire and coach mothers to align their self-esteem with their self-worth, so they can live more fully, reach their potential and empower their daughters to do the same.

I want to take this time to let you know my journey.

I have a happy and peaceful life. I KNOW that I am a good mother and wife and that I am a loving, spiritual Queen. I know that I am powerful and I can accomplish hard things. I look at everyday with a positive attitude.

Believe me, it has not always been this way. I found myself in the past being scared to wake up and face another day. I wanted to stay in bed, cover myself up and hide from the world. I would find excuse after excuse for not getting things done, which lead to resentment of others…”only if so and so would say this”, “only if so and so did this”, “only if my kids were this way”, then I would be happier. Then one day, I fell apart. I couldn’t sleep. I went into the living room, squished myself into a corner and cried. I was scared, I didn’t know what was happening. My husband realized I was not in bed, so he came looking for me. He looked very worried. I thought to myself, “How can I explain this to him? He will not understand”. I gathered myself up, made myself calm down, swallowed my crying once again and told him that it was really nothing and that I would be fine. I wasn’t fine – are you kidding me? I literally thought several times that it would be easier to check myself into a mental institute. I was going out of my mind. Something needed to change. At this point, I was willing to do whatever it took. My husband and my kids deserve better – I deserve better.

My oldest sister invited me to go to an evening event with her and her husband. I reluctantly agreed, I didn’t know what to expect. I now know that that event allowed me the space to be still long enough to hear my own thoughts. After listening to them for way too long, I thought, “these can’t be true can they?”. A quiet, but firm voice told me, “No, they are not and you really need to stop believing them before it is too late.” Then I started asking a ton of questions…”what do I do now?”, “how do I ‘stop listening’”, “should I tell someone?”. Once I started asking more questions, the answers came.

I have since been directed to many different coaches, which have inspired me to find and understand my purpose, my mission, my worth.

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