To YOU, the beautiful, amazing, talented, unique, strong, confident, loving, intelligent, graceful, funny, generous, lovely, compassionate, gorgeous woman: Do not be ashamed of your body. Don't you DARE!
It can seem like a huge risk to ask God and trust that He will give you the answer you need. But let me assure you, it's the safest thing you could possibly do.
How do you talk to yourself? What kind of words do you use? Do you encourage yourself, or do you tear yourself down? Do you push yourself to become better, or do you hold yourself back?
The number on the scale does not define you. That number cannot possibly tell you who you are, or who you’re not. That number does not determine your worth. That number is not your identity. You are so much more than that.
"You are beautiful." How do you feel when you hear those words? Do you believe them? I didn't...until now.
I was sitting on the floor of my dorm room closet, leaning against the closed door. My entire body shook violently as hot tears streamed down my face. "What the hell have I done?" I asked myself. "Who have I become?"
I think I'm finally learning what it means to be truly grateful…for family, for love, for life. My heart is heavy, but it is thankful. My heart is hurting, but it is blessed beyond measure.
Every year, I try to write about this day. It always starts like this: "This day holds more significance than I can handle in a single day. It is full of joy and pain and memories and new beginnings." But I can never seem to go any further...