Dear Dads of Girls in the 21st Century, I write this letter to ask you a favor that’s close to my heart: Please, for the love of God, work hard to be the traditional, honorable, respectable men of your generation in your young daughters’ lives. Teach us that success does not mean thousands of Instagram followers […]
PLACE YOUR HAND OVER YOUR HEART.
Do you feel that? It's called purpose.
I believe in yours. I also believe in mine. Which hasn't always been the case.
I know what it is to feel unworthy. Useless. Disposable. I know what it is to question every decision, every step, and everyone. To cling to paralyzation & toxicity out of fear of what comes next. To feel so far gone, finding your way back seems utterly impossible.
But I also know what it is to believe in more. To taste a small, minuscule morsel of your purpose. Beautiful, divine reassurance that it exists - yes - but also realization of how far off you truly are. I believe in self-love leading to true success. In inner-peace leading to outer-presence. I believe in walking through the dark to find the light. What I don't believe in is walking alone. So, lace up your most comfortable walking shoes & take a look around, the power and tools you need are here waiting for you. One step at a time.
ON MY MIND, IN MY HEART, ON THE PAGE
Comment away. Start a conversation. Contribute to the discussion.
I hear you. Promise.
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It finally happened. Snuck up on Me several times this week. Late at night, cold, careless, calculating; it deliberately snaked it’s way in through some old photos and lunged at unsuspecting, vulnerable Me the first chance it got. It even brought friends with it. You guys, let’s be honest, Self-doubt is an asshole enough all on it’s own; dressed in […]
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