You ARE Good Enough

You ARE Good Enough

You are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, and strong enough. Believe it and never let insecrutiy run your life.

“I’m not good enough. I don’t know why I even try.” If you feel you’re not good enough, this is something you’ve said to yourself. Sometimes we all get to this point with our lives. It’s okay to be down about yourself, but it’s not okay to think you aren’t good enough because you are.

What is not being “good enough?" Where is the line in life that makes you not “good enough” anymore? You don’t know… No one knows. These are all questions I want you to ask yourself. Can you find an answer? Chances are probably not because we are ALL good enough for the lives we live.

Life gets wild and crazy and everyone does so many different things. It’s easy to get in the mindset of thinking you aren’t good enough because you aren’t doing all these things. Just because someone else is doing something and you aren’t, that doesn’t mean it's bad. You are doing wonderful but in a different way.

You're doing things in a way that fits best with your personality and the way you enjoy life. Everyone on Earth is very different. We give things back to this wonderful place in a variety of ways. Don’t let someone else’s success drag you down. You have success in other ways that this person may not. Your worth is not defined by what someone else does. Your worth is defined by what you do! No matter what happens in life, it was the exact thing that needed to happen in that exact moment in time.

Bad things happen. It's life! We are humans and we all make mistakes, but they don’t define us. If you don’t make mistakes, it means you didn’t try. Even the most “perfect” people make mistakes, and it’s okay. Just because you make a mistake, it doesn’t affect your self-worth.

It doesn’t make you any less “good.” Making a mistake is just something that happens and in the end, it makes you better because you learn from it. So next time you make a mistake, don’t think you aren’t strong enough, think about how it is making you become a BETTER person! It is making you even more valuable.

When something amazing comes your way, embrace it! You deserve every spectacular moment that happens in your life. If you find someone that treats you really well and always supports you, you deserve them!

Don’t let yourself think you aren’t good enough because you don’t do every little thing that person does for you. The point of being "good" enough is allowing yourself to think you are!

Allow yourself to realize that this person fell for you just the way you are. You aren't the one that gets to decide if you are "perfect enough" for this person or not. That person is the deciding factor. You might be the thing that brings them the most joy! Don't take that from them because you don't feel like yourself worth is enough for them. That person thinks you are way above breathtaking enough and you should feel that way about yourself too.

We can’t let others define our own self-worth. If someone says something to put you down, just let it go in one ear and out the other. They don’t live the life we live, and our choices might not make sense to them, but they make sense to us and that’s all that matters.

You don’t have to be good for anyone but YOURSELF. It’s your life and you define your own happiness. If you feel like you are great enough for what you are doing, or you are trying your best, that’s all that matters. Allow yourself to be happy with what life is doing for you and what you are doing for yourself.

Maybe that person that put you down is really just jealous of what you are doing. They don’t want to admit that you are doing something better than what they could. They are trying to tell you, you are wonderful but they can’t physically say it. Just accept everything everyone tells you, but you don’t have to let it affect you. You are brilliant enough for yourself and that’s perfect, that's all you need!

Try. It’s just that simple. Take a shot at something you know nothing about, and try! If your best friend is really good at dancing, dance with her! The fact you tried to dance with her makes you stellar enough! We are all humans and we all have different skills in life, no one can ask for anything more than you simply trying your best. If you try your best at everything you do, that makes you dazzling enough.

Look around, you have people that love you UNCONDITIONALLY! They love the way you smile and the way you laugh. They love the little things you do well. They love being around you. They love YOU, for you! You are wonderful enough for them. Be better for yourself! If you feel down, think of all these people and talk to them! They would LOVE to help you feel better about yourself! They want you to feel good, and you want you to feel beyond magnificent about yourself.

When you feel strong enough, you enjoy life. You notice the little things in life that make you smile. You give other people a reason to smile. Being brilliant enough is what you deserve to feel!

You are living YOUR life. No one else is living your life. You need to realize that the only person you are trying to be "good" for is YOURSELF. If you do everything you want to do and live life the way you want to, you are making your life beyond perfect enough for yourself.

There are some people that will never see you are good enough. That is their short-coming, not yours. Be merciful enough to cut them from your life.

Cover Image Credit: Kendall Gatewood

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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.


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.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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It's Okay To Not Have It All Together

Nobody is perfect.


In this day and age, it's easy to compare yourself to others. With social media in our faces 24/7, you're exposed to everyone else's lives and what they are doing. There is no such thing as privacy anymore. What we put out there is subject for the world to see.

On Instagram, you may see someone from high school you despise studying abroad. On Snapchat, you may see an old friend landing their dream job. On Facebook, you may see your cousin getting engaged. On Twitter, you may see your best friend announce their commitment to a university for sports. While you may be happy for some of these people and their accomplishments, it can be hard to not feel unhappy about yourself. This can cast insecurity and doubt on yourself.

Stop comparing yourself to others. Social media is only a highlight reel, not the whole film. Although people post about good things on social media, they don't expose the truth. The truth is that not everyone's lives are full of sunshines and rainbows all the time. In fact, it is normal for people to have cloudy and stormy days among them.

The point is this: it's okay to not have it all together. If you feel lost or confused, don't worry. These feelings are only temporary. Everyone walks down the path of life at their own pace. If you're too busy comparing yourself to others, you're not going to get to where you want to be.

Whether if you don't know what to do as a career, or you're not always happy-go-lucky, don't put yourself down for it. It's part of being human. You're beautiful no matter what. The best experiences usually stem from the darkest of times. All you need is to light the spark that sets the flame. Don't ever give up despite how challenging it gets.

What's wonderful about this world we live in is that it's okay to make mistakes. You learn from them. No human is perfect after all. We weren't put on this planet to do everything right the first time. Everything happens for a reason. Trust that.

Even the ones you admire most once did not have a grip on what they wanted. They too started from scratch. They too felt uneasy about the future. They too were not sure that they were going to make it. Did they tear themselves apart,and tell themselves they were unworthy? Did they say that they were incapable?

No. They rose up. They fought against the odds. They did everything in their power to move forward. It took them soul searching, hard work, and persistence to get them to where they are today. They took the road less traveled, and it paid off. They built their lives on their own; brick by brick. They took their dreams and made them a reality.

You too can do that. Don't ever make yourself believe that you are not capable of living your best life. Don't ever belittle yourself. Don't be negative to the point that it becomes who you are. Don't be the one standing in your way.

What's stopping you from being okay with not being okay? Not having other people's approval? Not getting a million likes on social media? Not receiving praise, "good job", and "way to go"? This isn't kindergarten where everyone gets a participation trophy. If you feel stuck, and want to be unstuck, only you can change your outcome.

In the meantime, appreciate where you are today. I am sure that you are doing great. You're amazing. You can get through anything. Tough times and uncertainties are what will make you a better person at the end of the day. Those who didn't lift a finger to achieve their goals will soon learn the consequences.

You're doing the best you can. Don't be so hard on yourself. In fact, you may be doing wonderful, and you may not even see it. Life is too short to not appreciate the good with the bad; the dark with the light. It is what brings balance in our lives.

From this day forward, don't complain that you aren't where you want to be. Don't moan that your situation isn't your ideal. Get up, and do whatever it is that will point you in the right direction. Fall in love with yourself before, during, and after the process. Good things don't come to those who wait. Good things come to those who take control of their destiny.

But for now, take a few deep breaths. Relax. You're going to be okay. It's okay to not have it all together.

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