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Students break limits, boundaries with speaker

Nov. 11, 2010

By Samreen Hooda

Many students got teary as they opened up and addressed true fears they had been facing as a guest speaker impressed on students the importance of loving self and recognizing limitations during Tuesday night's "Breaking Boundaries" event.

The Baylor Women's League hosted the last event of its"Breaking Boundaries" series, with guest lecturer and life coach Allyson Byrd as the key speaker.

"Dr. [Gabrielle] Sutherland told us she's a great inspirational, motivational speaker, so we thought let's go for it," San Antonio senior Shumaila Momin, president of Baylor Women's League, said. "She seemed really enthusiastic and very passionate about what she's doing."

Author of "Love Yourself to Life" and founder of The Purpose Within, a consulting company, Byrd has been motivating people for the last 10 years to find the harmonious balance of life.

"We are humanity and divinity, and if we don't give ourself permission to be human, our divinity will never rise," Byrd told the room full of students and professors at Morrison Hall.

Byrd asked everyone in the room to identify what she called "limiting beliefs," or excuses people make for themselves to not pursue dreams and the weaknesses they identify in themselves. Byrd said identifying limitations helps people overcome them.

"Here's the beauty of overachievers: We change the world," Byrd said. "And here's the damage: We leave ourselves behind."

Having gone through her own struggles with limitations, Byrd feels it is her responsibility to help others move past theirs.

"You are God's creation," Byrd said. "To love yourself offers infinite, limitless possibility for your life."

Byrd asked people in the audience to share their limiting beliefs in an attempt to help them see beyond their own limitations.

"It is very difficult, for women especially, to be honest about their feelings and their troubles," Momin said. "Allyson perfectly fit our theme of breaking boundaries as she had the girls, and everyone in the audience, reflect on where they are and where they want to be and talk about the problems and issues that they bury deep, or even just realize the issues they've buried."

Many of the members in the group opened up and spoke out about what they were facing in their lives.

"It is very hard for us, in our own particular culture, to admit when something is wrong because we value outward happiness and busyness," Boerne senior Christina Riley said. "The way of life we have, we don't take time to sit down and talk about our issues. It is really hard to examine yourself because you'll have to admit to yourself things you don't really like."

Riley said Allyson was able to provide a starting place for many to continue their self-reflection.

"Allyson kept saying that it was the starting point or the initiation," Riley said. "I feel that for some of us, me personally, it was effective. I think she was helping people realize it. She didn't want to tell you what to do or think; she was more of a facilitator for your own self-realization."

Breaking boundaries truly became the theme of the night, Riley said, as people brought up personal questions and sought resolve.

"I believe that some people were able to [break boundaries] to some extent and that others received the tools necessary to break their own boundaries," Riley said.

Though the event was supposed to end at 9 p.m., it ended past 10 p.m., as more and more people engaged Allyson to help them face their battles.

"I think the event was a success," Momin said. "Just the response that we had with so many individuals willing to share their life story made the event more of a success.

"It went past the time we had, because everyone just wanted to share and face their fears and break some boundaries," Momin said.