Pssssst…. Hi there gorgeous! I’ve got something to tell ya.
I want you to know that it’s ok to be seen AND heard. I want you to know you’re loved. You are special.
Knowing this will help you overcome the critics. By critics, I’m speaking about the ones that want to bring you down when you’re at your weakest point. The one’s that are like vultures circling their prey.
Please know that by being vulnerable, you are not a victim. You are strong, not weak. It’s admirable trait to become exposed.
Heck yeah, it can seem totally scary being visible! But it’s also totally ok to let your guard down, let it ALL out. The world is NOT against you. In reality, you are only going to war with yourself. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
The world needs to see you, the REAL you. You are here for a reason, always remember this. You have abilities, talents, and greatness within you.
When you feel afraid; cry, laugh, sing, dance, pray, get it ALL out of your system. Don’t stay still behind the wall, get out there and be show your true self.
Because it’s your time to be authentic. Stop hiding behind the calculator, the treadmill, the bathroom scale. It doesn’t define you. Break free from the food restrictions, the limitations, the unfulfilling beliefs that you are not worthy. Because you are worthy. You are ALWAYS have been worthy.
Don’t allow others opinions stop you. Honestly, their opinions are none of your business. What YOU think of YOU matters more.
Quit underestimating your potential to shine, to rise above the diet mentality. Leave behind what you once knew and head straight for the unknown. You’ll never know what’s on the other side unless you explore. I guarantee you the possibilities are endless.
Just by being vulnerable, new doors will open.
Once you take that leap of faith, and as you take off on this new adventure, know that you are protected. You are safe. Not one thing or not one person will define your self-worth.
This, my friend, is your pep talk. I’ve given it to myself a time or two.
Much like you, I was afraid of who I was. I feared being bubbly, quirky, weird, and unsure. I felt secluded because of my own self-conscious beliefs. I let my own negative thoughts hold me back from being susceptible for a long time.
I do not want this to happen to you. Instead of staying stuck in the rabbit hole, I want you to shine. Just like Rhianna says, “Shine bright like a diamond.” You are the diamond.
Simply by becoming vulnerable:
Go out there, connect with others, and embrace being at ease with being noticed for all the greatness you have to offer.
I believe in you!
Written by Kayla Douthitt
Emily Estes lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with her Goldendoodle pup, Miss Adley Mae. Recovery from her own struggle with an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression has led Emily to create community and resources to empower others on the journey. Emily owns Sage Nutrition, LLC where she serves as a Registered Dietitian. Her work revolves around her motto that "food is meant to nourish our bodies, not nurture us."