Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Socialstars and Tide #SmallButPowerful, however all opinions are my own.
Have you ever felt like perhaps you were too small to overcome something in your life? Or just felt as though the challenges you were facing were bigger than you? For example, Tide Pods, while small, are incredibly effective and have outstanding cleaning power. Their size does not stop them from doing their job — and doing it well.
Personally, I learned this lesson by watching our youngest daughter overcome several challenges at a young age. At the age of 2, she was diagnosed with Expressive Speech Disorder. The work it took her to learn to simply speak to be able to communicate with others was much more difficult than that of the average person. Not to mention, in addition to ESD, she was also diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and then later, Hypothyroidism.
We had a team of doctors and therapists that were both passionate and patient with Joeli as she learned. There were times when it took all we had to stay out of the way during her therapy sessions because of her tears. She would try so hard yet seem to not get anywhere. But, we didn’t stop the treatments and she never stopped trying.
Today, she is 6 years old and has tested out of both therapy programs. She has progressed well in her communication skills and still continues to learn every day. There is plenty of “practice” (meaning she never stops talking) that still happens today. Her vocabulary grows larger by the week and she now attempts sentences with 5-6 words. That is a such a huge improvement for her!
Plus, we have all learned to control her SPD. By meeting her sensory needs, she is able to remain calm and control her emotions in situations where she may have become overwhelmed before. Again, huge strides from where we began 3 and a half years ago.
Watching her I know that being small is relative. It has no bearing on the things you can do and achieve. In fact, in our case, small is powerful and has never stopped us from going for more.
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 7, 2016