So I took that strength and I documented it in a book. Inside I shared every aspect of who I was and who I longed to be—who I was working so hard on being. Vulnerability, you see, led to my greatest strength. And from it came a sixteen-year-old dream realized.
If you don’t know, The Giving Keys is an accessory company on a mission. Each necklace hopes to provide inspiration by having an affirmation word printed on it; however, it doesn’t just end there. Each purchase helps employ those currently transitioning out of homelessness. Their pay it forward mission inspires others to master the words on their necklace and then pass it on to someone else in need.
My Strength Key Story was recently featured on their blog, but I want to share it here in hopes that it provides inspiration to those who might also need strength. Because if we let it–our pain can become our biggest inspiration in transitioning into a new phase of our lives.
My Giving Key story is this:
The year was 2015 and I needed strength in more than one area of my life. After years of floundering I was mentally weak. I began to believe in my lack of confidence—convincing myself my life would never be anywhere close to what I wanted it to be. To say I was lost felt like an understatement. I settled for more than I should have—for jobs, for relationships, for situations I should have known better than to put myself in. But with such low thoughts about not only my quality of life, but also myself I was only given what I was reflecting on. I didn’t realize that what we think is more often than not exactly what we get. Until one moment completely shook me to the core.
A panic attack led me to what I had known for years, but always ignored: I couldn’t continue to live my life this way anymore. So I gathered my strength and I began a journey of self-discovery. And on that journey I realized that who I was didn’t have to be who I am today. Though, however, it isn’t as easy as just shedding a layer of self-hatred I realized that this pain could be used for something greater—for a greater good besides just my life. So I took that strength and I documented it in a book. Inside I shared every aspect of who I was and who I longed to be—who I was working so hard on being. Vulnerability, you see, led to my greatest strength. And from it came a sixteen-year-old dream realized. The Dark Dictionary was born. Strength from struggle was my greatest triumph. And each day is about attempting to find more.
If you liked this article, my first book The Dark Dictionary is available via amazon. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think!