How My Friends Helped Me Restore My Self Esteem

How My Friends Helped Me Restore My Self Esteem

After years of struggling with self-love, my best friends helped me up again.

There was a long period of time around my early teens when I had a lot of issues with self-esteem. Yes, everyone had “this phase” as a grade-schooler or middle-schooler, but I was consistently convinced that I often endured bullying that was worse than the average 12-year-old girl. I mistakenly surrounded myself with people who made me feel like I was never good enough, pretty enough, thin enough, or smart enough.

The true problem with this was that I couldn’t shake it. Even after I recognized the toxicity of these people and removed myself from their environment, it did very little for my self-esteem. By then, I had been shot down so many times that it simply became ingrained into my mind: I was never enough at all.

There was a time in high school when I decided that hating myself because of what people thought of me made my life complete hell, and I needed to turn some things around. But it didn’t begin with me; it began with my real friends. The girls who knew about what I was dealing with and gave me the best friendships I could ask for.

Without even knowing it, my friends have given me so much of my self-esteem back. They inspire me every day as they forth with confidence and with grace, and I am driven by them to make better choices on how I view myself. It comes from the simple things. One of my friends brought me back a mug from Disney World one year that said, “You Have a Special Way of Making People Smile.” She could not possibly imagine the smile it puts on my face when I remember that it’s true.

Another one of my friends gave me a travel mug (I drink a lot of coffee, OK?) that reads “Today, I Woke Up Flawless.” Every time I use it, I remember, “Oh yeah, I’m flawless just the way I am” and I go about my day, ever so flawlessly. I’m not afraid to carry it around in public, or to ask the Starbucks barista to fill it up with my vanilla chai tea latte. I know that 12-year-old me would never have believed in herself enough to have the confidence to use it, but now I do.

A common theme that I’ve begun to weave in and out of my daily life stems directly from mugs like those: inspirational quotes. I am simply obsessed. I used to think they were cheesy, but now I’ve learned that there’s nothing like a Pinterest board full of them to remind yourself to be the best person you can be every day.

It doesn't stop there. I am grateful for the people who send me screenshots of inspirational quotes to start my day, and the people who don't end their nights without saying to me, "I love you and I care about you." I am grateful for the people who take time out of their day to say hello or bring sunshine to my life on a cloudy day.

There’s a difference between me relying on my friends to validate me, and taking matters into my own hands to improve my life in a positive fashion. I’ve taken the amazing qualities of friendship, loyalty and positivity that they exert onto me, and I am using them to be a better version of myself every day. I am more grateful than words could ever describe for my friends instilling the confidence in me to make better life choices and for reminding me to always see myself in a positive light. Thank you to everyone who inspired me to write this. You know who you are.

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Annatto is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree. It is often used to impart a yellow or orange color to foods, but sometimes also for its flavor and aroma. The color of annatto comes from various carotenoid pigments, mainly bixin and norbixin, found in the reddish waxy coating of the seeds. Annatto and its extracts are now widely used in an artisanal or industrial scale as a coloring agent in many processed food products, such as cheeses, dairy spreads, butter and margarine, custards, cakes and other baked goods, potatoes, snack foods, breakfast cereals, smoked fish, sausages, and more. In these uses, annatto is a natural alternative to synthetic food coloring compounds, but it has been linked to cases of food-related allergies.

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To Bagels, The Carb-Filled Love Of My Life

I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to you because if I have the choice, I'll choose you for breakfast nine times out of ten.

Dear bagels,

You are the carb-filled, delicious breakfast love of my life.

Every morning, I have some variation of you for breakfast; typically, I have asiago, everything, or plain, but every flavor of you is good. You're even better with plenty of cream cheese on top or peanut butter if I'm trying to be "healthy."

Your versatility inspires me. You can be used to create a variety of sandwiches: egg, sausage, turkey, ham. The possibilities are endless. You can even be used to make other snack items, such as pizza bagels. Just think; you're so awesome that you inspired producers to make foods including you, like Bagel Bites. You are truly an inspiration to us all, and I can only hope to be half as successful as you are.

You are always amazing and wonderful; I don't think I've ever had a bad bagel in my life, even when I accidentally put you in the toaster for too long. Your consistency of being a delicious breakfast each and every morning makes me happy; I like consistency in my life, so knowing that I can get a good bagel anywhere is delightful.

I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to you because if I have the choice, I'll choose you for breakfast nine times out of ten. Sure, I occasionally have other things like cereal or pancakes, but I'll always come crawling back to you.

Keep being the best breakfast out there, bagels. Keep being your beautiful, tasty self.


A self-proclaimed bagel addict and lover

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