Hey… the cool thing about growing up is… I have learned my own heart and mind.

I know what I want. I know who I am. I know why I am here. And I have a fairly strong grasp on understanding my capabilities.

I am strong-willed and have learned the early signs that let me know a relationship will not work for me; I know within the first thirty seconds, in fact.

I no longer allow people to tell me how to think, feel, believe, behave, or speak and I now choose to end relationships with people who continue to do so after I respectfully ask them to stop.

I have grown into a profound bravery that I had no idea existed in me and I have developed strong listening skills.

I have been released from the driving need to be always perfect, which has, surprisingly, made room for me to be more accountable.

I am no longer afraid to stand up for myself, speak out, and honor my tender heart immediately. I no longer “wait out” the pain inside a relationship to see if it will go away on its own; instead, I address it directly and if it doesn’t shift, I leave.

Growing up has brought me liberation and has given me the gift of self-trust because first and foremost, I have come to recognize my value and have learned that to stand on a solid foundation of lovingness toward myself is the safest place I can stand.

I never knew that growing up would bring me all that…

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