What is this box?

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Welcome to the Sunday newspaper edition of Dave’s emails.

Remember newspapers?

I think my father is single-handedly keeping the industry afloat with his daily NY newspaper purchases from the deli around the corner from his house.

It’s part of his routine, and he loves it.

Today I want to discuss something we ALL do that dramatically impacts how we show up in the world.

It’s similar to my father’s newspaper purchasing habit, BUT it has much larger implications for our lives.

It has to do with the box you live in.

Not your apartment or home, silly. I’m talking about the mental box you’ve created for yourself.

I have one as well.

We all have created a set of beliefs about what we’re capable of. Of who we are. Of what’s possible for us.

It’s important to recognize this and to bring awareness from time to time.

When you think, “I can’t do that” or “He won’t like me” or “Not in this lifetime.”

Or equally, “I’m good at that”, or “I’m going to get this job” or “They are going to love me”

These are all part of our beliefs that build our box. It’s a mixed bag.

Where I see the most juice and possibility for improvement for you, me, and everyone on this planet, is to see where we are limiting ourselves and work on expanding our box outward to INCLUDE the things we want more of.

What does your box with regard to love, intimacy, and relationships look like?

How about your money, purpose, and legacy box?

Take a few minutes and reflect on the mental limitations you’ve placed on yourself in these areas of your life.

What helps me expand my box is aligning with people who stretch me and my beliefs of what’s possible.

Make sure you surround yourself with positive influences in the areas you want to expand in.

If you are ready to expand into new beliefs about yourself, then Tara’s upcoming Moi program will get you there.

She’s specifically focusing on Love, Intimacy, Relationships, Money, Purpose and your Legacy.

If you’re craving to up-level your life in these areas, Tara is the coach to support you.

How do I know?

I’ve seen it in countless emails and messages sent to her from clients.

She’s also transformed me and my beliefs. And it keeps getting better.

Yeah, I’ve grown a lot since we met. That was a long time ago:)

But what lights me up now is how much I’ve grown in the past few months. I attribute half of my growth to her.

She teaches me so much. Her perspective and attitude is contagious.

The other half I own. I, of course, have to show up.

I have to be willing to take risks in my willingness to grow. That’s not always easy.

It’s a lot easier being “safe” and going through the motions of what we’re used to. But there isn’t much juice there.

I don’t know if I would have agreed to Tara’s proposal to take over EF a year ago.

But through a series of baby steps. Small movements in the direction of what I know is good for my soul has landed me here.

And I’m so freakin proud of myself, regardless of who’s made it this far in the email.

It doesn’t matter. It’s just so sweet to be here.

My encouragement to you is to keep taking steps.

Seemingly out of nowhere, you’ll look back and be in awe of how far you’ve come.

When this happens, you’ll have even more belief in yourself and where you’re going.

Tara’s Moi program is coming up before you know it. So take a step and see what happens after you look back at where you started today.

You will save $1500 if you join today. The price is going up on Monday.

Thanks so much for being here with me.

I can feel spirit (god, the universe, whatever you call it) meeting us here daily. And it’s glorious.

Be good.

Dave “expanding my box” Marino

PS. Totally off topic PS… I’ve been dreaming about what to email you. I get so stressed about the daily email if I’m not clear on what I’m going to write the next day.

Mental note to all. Pas de stress (don’t stress).

Oh and check out the new Moi video here… it’s hot!

I’ll see you tomorrow.

ALSO: Whenever you’re ready… here are more ways Elegant Femme can support you.

  1. Tara’s next live program – Moi A Love Story
    A brand new program starting on April 4th. If you struggle prioritizing you, then Moi can help you shift out of that pattern. You can learn about it here
  2. The Beautiful Soul Led Podcast
    Listen in as Tara shares her insights with you weekly. Available on all podcast platforms. New episodes will commence in April. You can catch up on episodes here
  3. Women Living Fully Facebook group
    Elegant Femme’s free group filled with like minded women who are committed to their growth and evolution. Plenty of free programs and resources in the “guides section. You can join here
  4. Tara Paris
    Beautifully crafted clothing made in Italy and designed by Tara. You can check out the collection here

Dave Marino


Dave Marino fell in love with a girl when he was 24. After a shotgun wedding, he grew and evolved... He was stretched along the way by the original Elegant Femme, Tara Marino. Through a stroke of unforeseeable circumstances, he began writing newsletters and now a blog for Elegant Femme which covers his thoughts, struggles, & life lessons learned. Follow him on Instagram @thedavemarino. One day he may decide to post on there. 

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