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Little Lizzie: Defining Yourself. Bullying. Teaching Moments. Gratitude.

Motivational speaker & author, Lizzie Velasquez {@littlelizziev}, is on for all 4 things. FIRST THING: Lizzie was born with an extremely rare congenital disease. It prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. Her parents were told by doctors when Lizzie was born, she wouldn’t be able to do simple things on her own and live a “normal life." There are a lot of things in this world that people allow to define them (job, culture, age, role in life, appearance, etc.)...Lizzie talks about what defines her and how she encourages others to discover their purpose. SECOND THING: No matter who you are, people will try to create their own labels to put on you. Lizzie shares her experience with this & how she handles bullying...specifically when a photo was being used of her on the TikTok #NewTeacherChallenge. “If you are an adult who has a young human in your life, please do not teach them that being scared of someone who doesn’t look like them is OK." -Lizzie. THIRD THING: Lizzie is all about using some of the bad things that happen as a “teaching moment." Many people find it difficult to stay in the moment during conflict. Lizzie shares how she stays the course and speaks truth without allowing the lies to creep in about self-worth. FOURTH THING: Lizzie shares 4 things she is currently thankful for!

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