• I love your story and the topic. Art is such an important form of expression and i relate to this on many levels. Art is beautiful and it helps release emotions that you cant express verbally.

  • Kait, i love your essay. I feel like a lot of teens believe they need to be in control of every part of their life but the quote “control what you can control” is a great phrase to use seeing as we truly are the only ones keeping ourselves from our own happiness because we feel that some thing else is controlling it and the ore we focus on trying…[Read more]

  • Nicolette commented on the post, Respect 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Your topic is so important and i believe that for teens it often is difficult to know you are worthy of respect. I love that your personal take on respect has to do with the fact that you yourself know that you deserve it.

  • Self worth is something I believe that everyone has struggled with at least once in their entire life. It can be especially hard when you are a teenager and still developing self confidence. We often find

    • Nicolette,

      This is such a brave story. Thank you so much for sharing. Your personal narrative about your experiences in elementary school helped me to understand a little bit about how self confidence can deteriorate from a young age. I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I would love to hear more about the exercises that you learned that helped you get to this place and the people who supported you. I hope that you continue writing about your unique story. The world needs to hear you.

      You are exceptional. Thanks for being so courageous.

      Gwen

    • Nicolette, I want to start of by telling you how happy I am that you shared your story. It is stories like yours that will help break the stereotypes of mental health problems. I can relate to some of what you say; it can be so hard to realize how worthy we are of love. I am so proud of you for coming to a point of realization and reminding yourself that you are loved. You are an amazing writer and I look forward to reading more of your pieces.

    • Hi Nicolette I really liked your post. I found it very inspiring and passionate. really liked the last line, ” I will move forward and not turn back because I am worth more than I will ever know.” I liked this line because it shows the self confidence and maturity you have gained throughout your lifetime.

    • Nicolette, I chose your post because I think this topic is a very important issue that many times people are too afraid to talk about. I think it is very brave that you shared you story, I am confident your post will help others who are struggling with self worth as well to see they are not alone. I really liked how you said, “I was the only one truly keeping myself from feeling worthy of happiness”. This reminded me of a book I am reading in one of my classes called Tattoos on the Heart. This book focuses on people who believe that they are not worthy of good because of who they are. I think this is something that effects many people in our world today, but just like you said it is important to come to the realization that you are worthy of love and that respect and so much more. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • You are so brave to tell your story. The world needs more people like you. You are so brave. You are an inspiration. Your last line should be on tee shirts and merch to inspire people. I went through the same thing as you. I understand how hard it is to tell your story.

    • I am incredibly impressed by your courage shown through your story. Your willingness to share will touch many lives and you have chosen a topic which is not talked about enough. I agree with what you said, most everyone struggles with self image and self confidence at times. I know I have. I found your use of repetition toward the end very empowering, specifically when you said, “I am worthy of so much. I am worthy of happiness. I am worthy of love. I am worthy of respect.” If you could change one thing maybe proof read to eliminate grammar mistakes, but overall I loved your essay. Especially in today’s world, technology has made low self esteem a common issue and people are in need of your message more than ever. Thank you for sharing!

    • Nicolette,

      Thank you for sharing your story. Your story gives a personal perspective on anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Reading your narrative also helped me to understand how experiences at a young age can shape you for the rest of your life. It was really inspiring hearing how you were able to overcome obstacles especially when you said, “For one of the first times in my life I feel truly important and accepted”. You are so brave for sharing this very personal part of your life, and by doing this, you might be helping someone who is going through something similar.

      Abby

    • Nicolette, thank you for courageously sharing your story. Hearing about self-confidence from such a personal perspective helped me see it in a new light. It’s obvious that self-esteem starts building at a young age, something that is evident in your story. So many people struggle with their self-image. I think sharing your story with even more people would have a tremendous impact. You have inspired me to strengthen my own self-esteem, and for that I am incredibly grateful. It is wonderful to hear about your recovery. I wish you the best of luck as you continuously discover your infinite worth.

    • girl omg you are so brave for sharing such a harsh part of your life, you’re so strong i would never have the guts to put something personal out there and i admire you so much for it. I love how you grew from all of that negative stuff and I’m super happy for you and may your relationship last many many years. Thank you for sharing you story. I can relate to it on so many levels and it feels nice to see how I’m not the only one and can finally relate to someone who went through this my age. I feel like teenage depression isn’t taken serious, but mental health of all ages is important and matters.You are worth so much you don’t even realize it and you deserve to be happy. <3

    • Nicolette, amazing job! The fact that you shared a personal story AMAZES me! The way you broke down and explained self worth and self confidence really made an impact. I don’t know you personally, but by reading this I can just tell that you are an amazing sweet girl! Thank you again for sharing with us!

    • Hey Nicolette, I really loved your story, I thought it was very inspiring it really made a bit of an impact on my life. I feel like if I get to know you, you can change the way I look at things a bit.

    • Nicolette,

      Thank you for sharing your story, it is truly inspiring. I definitely have not gone through everything you have, but I can relate to the feeling of worthlessness and self doubt. That feeling is the worst feeling in the world and I am so sorry you had to feel this in such a drastic way. Just like you, though, as I have gotten older I have found my real friends and people who build me up instead of tearing me down, which makes all the difference in the world. I would like to hear about some of your coping mechanisms you have learned, so I could maybe implement them into my own life. Thank you again for being so courageous and sharing your story, you are amazing and worth so much!

      Jillian Nelson

    • Your story was amazing Nicolette. I respect what you went through, and the sentiments you learned and are telling us right now are very important. We are all worthy of our own, and each other’s respect no matter who we are or what we’ve been through.

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