Throughout my life I hid my voice and hid who I was inside for the fear of being rejected by others. I had a guardian who made me feel that my feelings were invalid. If I spoke my truth about how I was feeling internally I was berated so I masked my feelings for years. I skated through life denying that it was okay to be present and in the moment. I rejected myself and my full potential. I always felt misunderstood and could never use my voice to make the changes in myself or within my life. I ran from myself for many years. Denying how I felt at any given moment. If someone hurt me spiritually, emotionally, mentally or physically I had no other choice than to run away and deny that I felt defeated. I would rise to the next occasion and pretend that everything was okay within me. The reality is that I was hurting deeply while putting a smile on my face everyday. I helped others who were in pain because I understood and could feel their intense pain and their reality. I always had a hard time trusting people and expressing myself to others because of the words spoken over me. Recently there have been a lot of changes in my life and I have declared that my voice does matter! My percetptions are valid and it is okay for me to be real with myself. No matter the pain, no matter the challenges in your life; know that your voice matters and your truth is your truth. We often walk away from people and situations that challenge us to be better ourselves because we don't want to face ourselves head on. Facing yourself head on and being able to look in the mirror is a very liberating feeling. You are free from your past, you are free from your limitations. On your journey know that you don't have to hide your voice from others because you do matter. It is okay to feel and have passions inside. Not everyone on your journey will understand you so learn to love yourself and know that your voice is beautiful and you matter. No matter the limitations others have spoke over you and your life you are worthy! Don't run from yourself... run towards the fabulous person you are at your core. Love yourself and use your voice for kindness and don't use your voice to tear people down. One thing you say to a person could make them or break them. Be honest with yourself and others about how you feel. Words or questions left unspoken are words you will never have the anwers to... words spoken may bring clarity. Voice and express yourself to those who truly matter to you and your life becasue there may come a day you may never have the opporutnity to express your truth. Be the voice you have always wanted to be... from my heart to yours...