Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I'm honestly not sure what I want to write for this post, so I figured stream-of-consciousness is the way to go. I'd thought about doing book recommendations, but I figured I could save that for a little bit later. Maybe in December.
I just wanted to say how thankful I am for each and every one of you.
This probably will not be a long blog post, but it's one that comes from my heart in its most raw form.
So, thank you.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my posts.
Thank you for taking time to support me and help me grow into the person I've always wanted to be.
I've been taking my time this year, really learning to love and accept myself, no matter where I am or what I look like or who I may be.
Obviously, this isn't easy.
I didn't really realize how much I hated myself until I actively started to fight to think positively. And, to be honest, it's still difficult most days. It's still hard for me to look at the hand-sized scar on my stomach, surrounded by little ones and stretch marks, and be able to say, "I love myself."
But I had a moment, a very brief moment, where I realized people don't see me how I see myself.
And that changed things for me.
I started to realize people don't see the things I hate about myself as things to hate, and I learned to take my eyes off of them and to start fighting to view them as things about myself to cherish and enjoy.
I still have a long way to go, but I wanted to say thank you for being here with me every step of the way.
I've had such a long journey thus far and an even longer one ahead of me. And the biggest relief is to know that I don't have to do it alone.
And neither do you.
I don't know what you're going through, or how life is treating you right now, but keep faith in what's good. Keep going, and keep fighting. I'm always here if you want to talk about it, or if not, just know you'll always have me as a cheerleader in your corner.
I love you all, and I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.