To my blog readers, you are astounding. It is incredible when people have the strength to let others know about their personal hurts and life long pains. I can't even tell you how much I admire you all. Thank you to all of you who left a comment, sent an email, or just contemplated what I wrote about. Thank you for not just reading, but connecting on a deeper level, allowing yourself to really soak in my story and connect it to yours. When I wrote that post, my hope was that I could at least speak to a few people out there who feel silenced in their pain, freeing them of that feeling that they are alone. You are not alone, so obviously by the amount of responses I have gotten to my last post. You are a mighty community of strong people, willing to be vulnerable even though it is scary, willing to seek healing and hope though it is intimidating and may not feel natural or allowed at first. You are not alone. You are not alone in your history, in your present day pains, in your worries and struggles. And you are not alone in the moments where you feel like you have finally found a glimmer of hope, a little string you can hold on to to keep going. We are a community, together in scariest and darkest times AND in the times of purest, lightest rejoicing. I am here for you and I love being able to love you.
I think, many many years ago as a high schooler, I started a blog because I felt like I had no voice and I just needed somewhere to feel safe to express myself. Today, I am a much healthier and happier person than I was in high school and, though I still have struggles as every human does, I feel really lead to remind you, my friends, that my blog is a safe space to find hope and comradery. I always want to build you up. I'm not here to put on a show or only show my best face. Though my businesses are all online, I care even more deeply and passionately about making sure I am showing you a truthful love than I care about presenting a perfect face of my business. I am not super human, I am not a faultless person, but I am strong and I am honest. And I am proud of it all. I want you to know that you are always allowed to send me an email if you are feeling lost, down, alone, self critical, anything. I am not a trained professional counselor. I am not a doctor. I cannot heal you. But I can give you encouragement that I KNOW you have it in YOU to help yourself, love yourself, take care of yourself. You are much stronger than you realize.
To those of you who have painted your nails this week to remind yourself to be confident in yourself expression, to remind yourself that you are worthy of love, to remind yourself that you deserve to pursue loving yourself, I am so happy for you. For those of you who have simply thought about it or created your own form of ritual to remind yourself to love, I am just as proud of you too.
Thank you all of you lovely ladies who have sent me photos of your freshly painted nails. Look at how beautiful you all look together. See? You are not alone. You all have hurts, but you are all in this together, remembering daily that you deserve to invest in yourself and value yourself highly simply by looking at those little glimmers of color on your nails. I am so proud of you.
If you have painted your nails as a reminder to love yourself, send me a photo and I will add it to the collection. And if you have thought of some other ways to give yourself a daily reminder to pursue loving you, let me know! You can never have too many reminders to love :)
<3 I love you. Moorea
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