Own your story

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

– Brené Brown
It is YOUR story. It is what makes you, YOU!
I shared a quote on my FaceBook page, and I want to share it with you here…

If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.

– Michele Ruiz
No matter how much someone doubts you, remember that you can find the inner strength to keep moving forward…

Drown out the sounds of negativity, and surround yourself with the people that will help you, encourage you, and believe in you, just like you have to – for yourself!
It may not be so easy, and a whole whack of emotions may arise, but you are stronger than you think you are. Brave in ways you may have never known.

Just don’t let the doubt of others bring you down….you can go so far if you allow yourself to! You truly can!! ❤️

In response to this, I’m sharing a section of the comments in which I do have permission from the person (Leanna), to share what she said…

“I follow you for courage. I have a story inside me that can help others. Just haven’t figured out how to relay it yet. So I totally am watching you for learning to speak my truth. Anytime I was just honest about me and my struggles has really helped others. My organization is slightly atrocious but I see you doing you. I am growing to be confidence to be me. So thank you for showing you. Truly an inspiration to me. I love how beautiful you are and how kind your soul is. Keep shining. I just want to share so others don’t feel alone. If that makes sense.”

And this is how I felt …

Leanna, I hope this article gives you courage. You are strong, beautiful, and I know you’ve got this girl!! ❤️
You see, it took a long time for me to get the courage to share my story. And for those who haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. But Leanna’s words, made me feel so good!

It made me realize that there are people who want to hear my thoughts. There are people who need that extra boost of positivity in their lives.
It strikes me how some people think that by saying “get over it” or “move on” or “it’s nothing” makes people feel better, especially when sometimes, it’s so hard for some people to just let things go. It’s not okay to just assume that someone is okay by the way they look. You have no idea what they are going through on the inside. What I’m really saying is, it’s not okay to judge.

I didn’t share my story in hopes to get pity from people. I shared my story because I wanted to. I wanted people to know that we can all get through the tough times, it just takes time. It takes courage. And it damn well takes a hell of a lot of self-confidence to come out and say it. Unfortunately, some people can’t find their way out…
But we don’t share our story because we want attention. It’s not because we feel we deserve better. I think that when people are dealing with personal challenges, whether it is physically or mentally, we look for support. We look for love. But it is up to us to seek it. It is up to us to reach out.

By sharing our story and our life experiences – reaching out to those we trust and love – we feel better. We help others to understand us better, and also to realize that we are not alone, and that it is okay to experience the emotions that we are feeling. And whether it takes one day, one year, or ten years, it’s all a step towards finding you and who you really are.
I want this article to give people hope. To let them know that it is okay to share your story and how you feel. Share your journey. It took me a long time to come out of my shell, and sometimes I still do worry. But at the same time, I know I am making a difference in someone else’s world!

It doesn’t matter if I have 10 followers or 10,000 followers. It doesn’t matter if there is only one “like” or hundreds. What matters to me is that by sharing my story, sharing my thoughts, sharing my silly videos – has given hope and courage to someone else. It GIVES hope and courage to someone else.

It doesn’t matter what other people think, and for sure, you’re going to get the people who don’t agree with you or just don’t care. But all of that doesn’t matter. What matters is, that you have your inner circle – the circle you trust. What matters is that you feel comfortable enough to express your emotions and realize that your story, could be the key to saving even that ONE person. Brightening their day. Changing their world for the better!
Here, I share my full speech when I spoke in Ottawa last year:

Let’s show kindness, compassion, and love. Let’s build each other UP instead of down! ❤️

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