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I woke up one day and decided that I was not going to listen to him.

That I was not going to let him keep me down any longer. I had friends and family who cared for me, even if I had ended up shutting them out. I was smart and I knew it. I had dreams and I knew that the only way to achieve them was through hard work. My first step was to lose some of the weight I had gained. I was miserable and could hardly

bend over to tie my shoes. I was wearing a 3x and I felt hideous. I knew that the first thing I needed to

do was to feel good about myself again. I started eating healthier and walking every day. At first it was

about a mile and eventually turned to three miles every day. I would go to different parks and trails

most days and would walk at my own pace so I could enjoy the scenery around me. Not only did I start

losing weight, but I did not feel as depressed. I felt like there was a light at the end of my tunnel.

I signed up for some community college classes and began working on a degree. I passed with flying

colors. My confidence started to build back up.

I reached out to old friends, and even made some new ones. My confidence was growing even more.

Men started noticing me again. I did not feel completely unattractive anymore. My confidence was

even stronger.

After a couple horrible years, I finally had enough and filed for divorce. I was confident I could give my

kids a good life without him.

I had finally learned to believe in myself. I was strong, confident, and powerful. I knew that whatever

life threw my way, I could, and would, overcome.

Now, I 1,000% believe in myself. I know I can achieve whatever I work towards. My goal is to help other

women with similar struggles to see their value. To know that their dreams are worth fighting for. That

they are not worthless, stupid, or unlovable. I am so close to being where I had dreamed of being so

many years ago that I can taste it! It is such a great feeling.

I am amazing. I am confident. I am powerful. I am smart. I am enough. You are too.