You Are Worth the Detours

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I can't remember a time when I wasn't focused on my weight, the way my thighs look when I sit down or the way my arms jiggle just a little when I wave goodbye to friends. My mind was plagued with constant worry that someone would call out my flaws, see me for who I really was and not the person I was trying so desperately to portray. The road to self acceptance is both long and lonely. You never quite know where it'll lead and you aren't even sure our GPS is going the right way. Throughout the last several years, I've taken many wrong turns, hit my fair share of dead ends but I've learned to enjoy the drive. I've given up the notion that I'll ever fully figure out where I am going and have settled into the peace of loving where I am. 

In the fall of 2015, something shifted and I erased can't from my vocabulary. I was so unhappy with where I was, how far I'd let myself go, that it began to seep into other parts of my life and relationships. I began my journey, like most with apprehension and doubt yet, here I am, nearly 2 years later a completely different woman.

The biggest tool in my self love toolbox is personal development. If you think you don't need it, you probably need it more than most!! Personal development is a lifestyle, a way of constantly learning and working to be the best version of yourself. It gives you the power to explore who you are, what your dream life looks like and the confidence to pursue it. 

I became a virtual health coach in the fall of 2016 and that was a pivotal point in my path. I jumped in, head first, learning that being someone else's cheerleader was not only good for them, it was critical for me. Motivating and inspire others is what lights my fire, it gives me purpose and it pushes me to be better in my own journey. I am so grateful for the women who share their personal journey with me, every story is unique and beautiful.

I am forever grateful for the girl I was, she is the reason I am where I am today. My journey started as a need to be someone else and turned into loving fully, who God made me. If you are struggling to find your way, take a step back and see how far you've come. Find a friend who is willing to walk this path with you and never, ever give up. You are worth the detours. 

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Katrina Stepanian-Bennett