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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.


Until the rest of the world believes those words, believe them for yourself. Shout them from the rooftops. Whisper them to yourself late at night. Hold them close like a secret, like a promise. Weave it into the very fabric of who you are because it's the truth. You are more than enough. You are a star, a sunflower, a firework. You are bright, you are loved, you are alive. You are vibrant. You are going to be okay. You're going to be more than okay--you're going to be incredible.

You're gonna rattle the stars, you are!
-Treasure Planet

Until the rest of the world sees your worth, believe it for yourself. Explode with fire and wonder and passion and love. The world may not think you are enough. Prove. Them. Wrong.

Brave one, to sum this up: you're fantastic, just as you are, no holds barred. If no one else has told you this, I am telling you. It's okay if your first instinct is to deny it, but ultimately, it's the truth. Believe it and shine brighter than the stars. 

Three simple truths:
You are loved. 
You are enough. 
You've got this.

(And if you need a reminder... here's a playlist.)

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