“I have believed you, owned you, lived with you, shrunk because of you, nearly broke apart in your hands many times, I have seen how easily you can destroy.”
At 8 years old, Dr. Debra Reble’s mother abandoned her. She spend the next 20 years repressing her emotions, overachieving, and trying to be perfect. This is her story of not only forgiving her mother, but learning to embrace herself.
Growing up, Belinda thought being “strong” meant protecting her family from her emotions. Many years later, she realized who she really needed to protect.
Sarah’s family and friends urged her to try antidepressants. To make them happy, she did. Here’s what she learned about taking care of herself.
As Reba was learning to break away from people-pleasing and be authentic, a wise teacher came in the most unexpected form—a hat.
A powerful, beautiful poem describing Julia’s transformation from feeling unworthy and people-pleasing to discovering, accepting, and healing herself.
Renata almost lost herself trying to be a good girl and fulfill other people’s expectations of her—until she realized that her desires mattered too.