You have the power. Don’t let someone else take it from you. For so long in my life, I let someone else take the power, I let someone else dictate what was good for me and what wasn’t. I had no self-worth, so I sought it out in someone else, but by doing so I lost myself even more, and I lost my power to control who I was, what I wanted and where I was headed.
I’m reminded often about how different my life is right now. How much more I often feel wrapped in love and acceptance from others but more importantly from myself. At one point in my life, I never thought I would get to this point. I never thought I would be able to take my power back, reclaim who Ivy was, and finally recognize my worth. I really am proud of my growth and who I have become today.
It can be hard to feel proud of ourselves for our growth when we are constantly told by a society that who we are isn’t good enough. It is easy to overlook even your smallest accomplishments and focus only on the areas you could do better. But I want to challenge you today to celebrate how far you have come. Even if it doesn’t feel like you have come far, you are doing something right now and challenging yourself in some way that your past self would have never even done. Maybe even reading this blog post on mental health is a stretch. Maybe it’s getting out of bed, or making your own food rather than buying out. Maybe it’s liking even just one part of your body, when before it was hard to even look in the mirror.
Progress is progress. No matter how big or how small. I want you to celebrate you because you deserve to be celebrated. You deserve to recognize that you have overcome so much, and you are still here today, fighting, pushing, not giving up.
In your darkest of times, remind yourself of how far you have come. Remind yourself of your growth and always, always remember, that who you are is more than good enough.
Cheers to celebrating ourselves more, and cheers to all that we are doing today, that we once felt was impossible.