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Connect to your power core. The center of your greatest power is the conscious, fully present place where you are the best reflection of your truest self.

Be still and embrace the you that you are today. Fully acknowledge every dimension of all that is true about who you are created to be in the Earth. That which is true does not become the truth…it always is!

Be you. Know you. Love you. Get acquainted, agree and align with the divine you. By loving who you are at this very moment, you open the way for the best in you to shine through. Once you truly value, appreciate and love the person you are right now, you gain access to enter a place that is abundant and sweet. The land flowing with milk and honey emanates from within.

Over 20 years ago I weighed nearly 600 pounds. My deepest desire was for others to see and accept the beautiful heart that seemed to be hidden by my girth. Before I lost the first pound, I had to learn to love myself enough to know that I deserved to have a better life. After I gave myself permission to love me just as I was…a healthier, more beauty-filled me began to emerge.

Your relationships are your most valuable resource to realize your greatest potential. To become the best reflection of ourselves we must develop STAAAR relationships. A strong constellation of support is critical to actualize your potential.

STAAAR relationships are connections that give you: Strength, Tenacity for your next level, Acceptance, Appreciation, Abundance and Reciprocity. Please know that all right relationships are mutually beneficial. Any connection that flows in one direction is blocked and needs a course correction.

Draw strength and stamina from this classic e.e. cummings quote that serves as a daily source of pure inspiration for me: “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of trust, sacred to touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

Take up the mantle to believe the best about yourself and others. Explore, discover and cultivate your highest purpose by connecting to the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the unique you…the nobody like you but you…you!

Every day rises with the grace of another opportunity for you to make a decision about the life, light, lessons, love and legacy that you want to deposit in the Earth.

Beauty is synergy – it results from a balanced, harmonious integration of every amazing thing about you. When you decide to be, know, have, and do that which generates your greatness, absolutely nothing, or no one, can destroy or deny what you substantially, beautifully and uniquely contribute to the Universe.

You are chosen for the extraordinary. Build a faith that fulfills destiny. Exercise your power of choice. Decide to be. Determine to know. Decree to have. Resolve to love!

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Val McLeod is an author, international speaker, trainer, certified facilitator retreat and seminar leader. She is also the Founder and Chief Facilitator of Conversations with V! – a relationship management Training and Development Consultant Services firm.

In her quarter century career as a clinical therapist, behavioral manager, certified expert witness and professional speaker, she has inspired change and growth for individual and organizational clients. Val is one of the few certified Level 2 Kingian facilitators in the United States. She's also certified in communication skills, conflict reconciliation and cognitive life skills management. As a human relations source expert, she regularly contributes to a variety of print and online publications.

Also known as V!, Val conducts leadership/management seminars, team building and staff development training sessions for professional, faith-based and general audiences throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. Known as a strategic optimist, Val believes in promoting the potential of everyone she encounters.

A native of Miami, Florida, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University and Masters Certificates in Strategic Organizational Leadership and Essentials of Project Management from Villanova University.

To learn more about Val 'V!' McLeod or to inquire about availability for engagements, please visit her websites, and

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  1. i particularly love and appreciate the complexity and subtlety that went into your incredibly comprehensive essay
    thank you

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