What if you could learn the tools to take the bad sh*it . . . and turn it into a beautiful sparkle?
Unicorn Untamed: Turning Sh*t to Sparkle, a journey of messy self-discovery by Lin Reynolds, is available now!
We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.
We all struggle with emotions we’re ashamed of.
We all have darkness we try to hide.
What if you could learn the tools to take the bad shit . . . and turn it into a beautiful sparkle?
Unicorn Untamed takes you on a journey of messy, uncomfortable self-discovery with some hard truths to help you become a better version of yourself . . . your true unicorn self.
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ExcerptChapter One: I’m such a walking contradiction. I sugarcoat but have diarrhea of the mouth…and share a lot of TMI. I’m a huge Diva and a Zen loving peacemaker. I’m selfish and I’m giving. I’m definitely a lover and not much of a fighter, but I have learned in my 40s that I am done taking shit from people. I will easily walk away from a friendship that’s become more taking than giving, more drama than fun, or more difficult than easy. I have always been told that I am extremely inclusive and great at making people feel welcome and comfortable, and that is just a natural trait for me. I am a lover of all, but I think people who don’t know me very well would be shocked and surprised at some of the shit life has thrown my way and some of the shit I’ve done to others. My best friend’s husband always says, “you have the worst karma,”but I always think I have the best karma. I don’t dwell on the bad shit, I never have. There’s a lot of things that I could have allowed to be an excuse for poor behavior. I was molested. My biological father beat the shit out of my mom in front of us all the time. I was bullied in school from ages eleven to thirteen, and not a lot of people know about that because I kept it inside. I watched a man get run over and saw his brain bouncing on the road when I was eleven. I was in bad relationships just like most of us at one point or another. I have been arrested multiple times. I have gone home with complete strangers and put myself in some shady situations. I have manipulated people to get what I wanted. I have gossiped and stabbed people in the back. I gave my baby sister alcohol when she was 13 or 14 and hid in the bathroom when she visited to get high. I have bounced checks to people in my family, and I have borrowed money that never got paid back. I have reacted impulsively and created drama because of insecurities and anxiety. I have stolen money from people to buy drugs and justified it along the way. I even took a friend to have surgery one time, only to realize her surgeon was my fuck buddy and we had to both pretend we didn’t know each other. I have been in pain since I was 15 years old and have a spine that just continues to deteriorate with an incurable disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have been physically abusive while drinking to pretty much every man I’ve ever been with (fortunately I don’t do this anymore). Despite all of this –I am a good person. I am nice, sometimes to a fault. I am the most forgiving person and truly see the absolute best in every situation. I have grown tremendously and learned from my many mistakes. I have had to make amends to friendships and family members that I’ve damaged. That took a lot of work and a lot of being careful not to do more damage. Most of the bad behavior was in my early 20s, and I think that might be true for a lot of us. I spent years allowing guilt and remorse to dominate my thoughts. It takes a lot for us to be able to forgive ourselves for some of the things we did in our past, but that is the most important step in being able to move forward and opening the door for others to forgive you as well. I have done a huge amount of personal development and growth work over the years, and I feel like it makes me qualified to share some of the tools I have used to grow through the bad shit. There truly can be a sparkly lining in every situation. While we are in it, sometimes it feels like we will never find our way out of the heavy darkness or the shit storms we may have created for ourselves. I promise you, there is. There will always be a shiny lesson to learn from the chaotic madness. It requires intentional focus and a willingness to do the work to shift our mindset. It also requires us to admit that for the most part, our current reality and present situation is of our own creation. The reason I share a lot of these things is so that you know this book isn’t coming from someone who has never been through the shit with you. If you are ready and willing to be open to taking a true, honest look in creating self-awareness and seeing where you may be contributing to your present circumstances—then you are ready to bring out your true unicorn self. Here we grow, y’all!
About Lin Lin is a middle-aged unicorn . . . proof that you really can do or be anything. She considers herself a fun enthusiast, a queso connoisseur, and is highly obsessed with Bret Michaels and glitter. She lives in East TX with her husband and 2 fur babies and hates responsibility, spiders, and adulting.
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