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To all the girls that’s hurting
Let me be your mirror
Help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shines within – “Scars to Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

We all have a story….something that has brought us from a life that we may not be so proud of and/or tested every bit of our being, but it was necessary to bring us to where we are today. During that journey we may not have realized that our attitude and perspective during that period would determine how long that portion of our journey would last.

Growing up, I’ve always respected celebrities and other influential people who use their platform to help others. Oprah, in particular always stood out to me because her journey was so rough and it truly tested her power to believe in the gift that she had inside. Now, she uses that same gift to help other women and girls gain knowledge and live a life worthy of their calling.

My favorite quote from her is: “You have control over your life and it is only when you recognize that and are willing to be responsible for your life that you can truly soar…and I believe that it’s possible in our lifetime to fly if you want to. I intend to do some flying.”

I have been through my fair share of obstacles and challenges and would consider myself to be someone who is still working through a few small road-blocks in my journey. However, I have come to realize that my perspective of those road-blocks and obstacles has changed throughout my journey. I no longer see them as something that is pushing me back, but instead moving me forward through the testing of my faith. I’m also learning to change my attitude to that of a victor before and during the test rather than afterward.

During this process, if I could help someone else going through a similar journey as I to change their perspective of things, then I would be even more proud of my story for that accomplishment alone.

I may not be at the top of the blogger charts for my influence, but it won’t stop me from inspiring others on my way there. 🙂

 Fuzzy Sweater: Topshop || White button-down: H&M || Faux Leather Pants: H&M || Necklace: Aldo Accessories || Boots:Urban Outfitters 

Photographer : Derek Sturdivant of Zhetut.com 

Xo, Chrissy Joy