Sharing My Anxiety Story Was Hard
It was very hard for me to share my story with anxiety.
I thought people would laugh at me and lose respect for me. I thought I'd lose professional credibility. And honestly - It was embarrassing AF (at first.) I thought I'd be labelled and dismissed as the crazy girl.
But then I thought .. if my story helped one person get out of that dark hole and live a life they felt good about, it would be worth it.
And the most surprising, unexpected thing happened when I shared my story.
It completely freed me.
It gave me a deeper sense of ease and a deep peace in my life.
It was like, THIS IS ME, and anyone who doesn’t like that simply doesn’t need to be in my life.
And I am NEXT LEVEL okay with that.
It was freeing to feel like I no longer had to pretend to be anything, or feel scared I would be ‘found out.’ I could just be totally free to be my complete slightly weird, a little neurotic, but totally lovable self. :)
Ironically - THAT released A LOT of my anxiety! And now I have zero shame at all, and I love talking about it!
In short it gave me a beautiful self acceptance, and from that place of accepting me wholly as I was, so much could blossom from there - like Anxiety Schmanxiety and LUMNA - which has been the most fulfilling thing in my life.
It was a journey but one worth taking.
Even more powerfully, it helped others realize they were not alone, and that just like my anxiety didn’t limit or define me - it doesn’t have to limit or define them.
Our truths, shared with good intentions, can never be anything but good.
And now I’d love to invite you to your weekly moment of powerful self reflection: What aspect of your journey have you been holding in, maybe even afraid to admit to your own self that you’d like to share and free yourself from?
Reply to this email, only I will see it. I would love to be able to help you take that very first baby step to owning your story so it can empower you instead of keep you trapped.
Sending you so much love!
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