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Looking into the mirror of myself just one year ago – I don’t recognize the person looking back at me. Of course, physically I do, but the inner person has grown so much. She has learned to let go, let the walls down, be vulnerable, to love herself. Like so many of us – I had conformed to the “societal norms” and lost myself in the meantime. I was unhappy with myself and my life. I was lacking direction. My work and homelife “guided” me as I drifted. Yet many who saw me would think I had it all together. Perception is everything.

One day I finally had enough and knew I had to take control of my life. I started reevaluating how I felt validated and realized I had been looking externally for validation! No wonder I was lacking direction and self-love – I was looking for others to give me approval and if it didn’t come I felt worthless. Once I started changing my thought process and writing goals where I did things allowing for self-validation – I finally felt worthy! I had never felt this good about myself before – this must be what liking, no loving yourself feels like. I deemed this year as my year – “The Year of Christine! Going out of my comfort zone personally and professionally”. Pushing myself in ways I had never felt confident in. Others have commented on the vibrancy I bring into a room now. The more I do, the more I love myself – and it all started with looking within for my validation.

~Christine, New York 

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All Love Letters’ are pristine, posted as they were received.  Please forgive any spelling and grammar issues, since the writing was done in the throes of love, and sometimes love doesn’t care about commas or misplaced letters.

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