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Demi Lovato Proves That Even The Strongest People Struggle

Even the strongest hit rock bottom.

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Demi Lovato proves that sometimes, even the strongest people hit rock bottom.

If you remember, the singer has been open in the past about her journey with drugs, alcohol and almost losing everything, including her management team, in a desperate attempt to get sober.

Recently, Lovato celebrated six years sober and fans celebrated right along side of her, that is, until she shared some news in the form of a song.

"Sober," was the name of the track released on June 21 and reveals that she has relapsed after six incredible years of being sober.

You can hear the heartbreak in Demi's voice in the chorus of the song, "Momma, I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore. Daddy, please forgive me for the drink spilled on the floor. To the ones who never left me, we've been down this road before. I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore."

With each song that Lovato releases, she exposes more of herself to the world. While it may leave her vulnerable and open to criticism, she is someone we need to see more of in the world.

In her documentary, "Simply Complicated," she tells her story with drugs, alcohol, struggling to get help, almost losing her management team and gives a glimpse of the making of "Tell Me You Love me," her 2017 album.

Talking about sobriety can be hard for people, especially those who are in denial that they need help, because the first step to solving a problem is admitting there is one.

While I do not struggle with drug or alcohol addictions, I know people, both friends and family, who do. Watching them through their highs and lows was truly heartbreaking.

Sobriety does not happen overnight. Getting clean is not how it's portrayed in the movies. Sometimes, you don't have a group of friends or family cheering you on. Sometimes, you go through rehab by yourself because they gave up on you. Sometimes, it takes losing it all to realize you had it all.

During the journey to being sober, people relapse. While it can be discouraging, it's apart of recovery. Sometimes it'll happen once, sometimes it'll happen a lot. With resilience and perseverance, you can bounce back, and you'll be stronger than ever.

Lovato has so much strength and courage for opening up about her journey to people who may not understand, and I can only imagine how draining that must be for her.

While it's disappointing to hear that she relapsed, we have to understand that she is human, and humans make mistakes, and we also learn from them.

Our mistakes make us stronger, they make us who we are and we should always remember that they are apart of a journey.

I have faith in Lovato that she will bounce back. She will come back stronger than ever and blow us all away like the bad-ass, independent woman she is.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Kate Spade Foundation Follows Through On Their Million Dollar Promise

One year and a million dollars later, the fight against mental health issues continues.

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Going through a mental illness can be one of the most isolating and lonely feelings known to man. When you're in that state of mind it's hard to imagine that anyone could feel as bad as you do right then and there let alone have gone through something similar. Not only that, but many people will suffer in silence, avoiding speaking up or asking for help. Which, if anyone who's battled a mental illness would know, is not an uncommon feeling.

It's hard to speak up and ask for help, especially with something that feels so deeply personal and at times hard to describe. Many people find ways to cope and regain a balance in their lives. Many others never find that balance.

Roughly one year ago, on June 5, 2018, Kate Spade took her own life after battling depression and anxiety for nearly her entire life. It seemed completely out of the blue and nearly everyone was taken aback. But that's the nature of mental illness in some ways. We don't understand the severity or how deeply someone may have been struggling with their mental illness until it's too late.

The reality of mental health is often harrowing, especially when it comes to access to help. An increasing number of Americans are seeking help for a mental health condition but millions still remain with unmet needs or an undiagnosed condition. Many states with a mental health work provider workforce have only one worker for every four individuals requesting therapy.

But there are organizations across the nation who are working to make mental health care not only more accessible but affordable as well. The Kate Spade New York Foundation has just completed their $1 million donation pledge to mental health services such as The Jed Foundation and the Crisis Text Line.

Kate Spade's death, alongside those such as Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams, proved to many of us that mental health issues affect us all regardless of our wealth, fame or status. In the time following their deaths, I felt that we've become more honest with ourselves and worked hard to destigmatize mental health as a whole. Her death raised the conversation surrounding mental health to new levels that I don't think had previously been touched. Regardless, there's always more work to be done and we should all aspire to live in a world where those affected with these illnesses no longer feel alone.

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