To the troll who left nasty comments about my body online:
I want you to know that the only thing about the comments that make me feel sad is knowing you must be hurting on the inside.
I want you to know that I’ve been there before. I said and did things when I was younger that was hurtful. I’m not proud of it, but I did.
I want you to know that I overcame my insecurities, and forgave myself (but it didn’t happen overnight).
I want you to know that you can too.
I want you to reach out for help if you’re feeling lonely, inadequate, insecure, and disconnected.
In other words, I hope you’ll reach out if you’re mental health is suffering.
I want you to know that the reason your comment didn’t impact my self-esteem is that I am freaking proud of who I am, and it has absolutely nothing to do with my body (aside from the fact that it carried my three beautiful daughters).
And speaking of daughters, I want you to know that if we want our future generation to feel good within, they should be seeing women of ALL shapes and sizes represented in media.
Lastly, I want you to know your comments inspired me to keep living my purpose of helping people feel good on the inside.
Clearly, my job is needed. 🙏🏻#stylingtheinside
*I wrote this post on Instagram in response to some comments from a troll online. When this happened it really inspired me to keep living my purpose. In fact, this situation, although it wasn’t positive, really gave me the push I needed for 2019. I’ve been trying to gain some clarity on some goals for the new year and this situation with the troll helped me see that “styling the inside” is really important work. It’s my important work, and I’m looking forward to pursuing more of it in 2019 and beyond.