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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Shine Bright

Today I want to share something I wrote for the blog Youer than You. It's a message close to my heart, so I'm crossposting it here as well. Thank you for reading, and never forget that you're more than enough. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Dear brave one,

There are going to be people who want you to shrink into yourself and hide away the best parts of you. The world likes to strip away our confidence and leave us bare to the brambles and dirt of everyday life--they snag at your skin, tearing open every flaw. There's a spotlight that shines on you to illuminate all the curves and imperfections you've learned to hate. I know it's hard to avoid the messages shouted at you from every corner: you are not enough. I know. It's not your fault. You are existing in a culture that wants to drag you down, and I am sorry. So many women across the world and throughout time continue to work tirelessly to change that: to tell you, once and for all, you are enough. And you can succeed. And you are enough.

Do you believe those words? Let me say them again. Feel them to the very core of your being.

You
Are
Enough

Read more at Youer than You.
I love you. xoxo.

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