Love Always Begins Within

Allow me to challenge and provoke several thoughts and fears you may have with these basic, but raw questions:

What defines you? Is it your spouse or significant other; the car you drive; your career; the clothes and/or jewelry you wear?

What gives you power?

Do you speak your truth?

If everything fell off today and it was only you, naked standing in front of a mirror, could you identify yourself without labels of any kind?

Would you be able to recognize who you really are within or do you allow another person/material things to take over your life?

Several years ago I had a rude awakening when I was forced to answer every single one of these questions. It was honest and painful. The answers weren't pretty and the journey was ugly, but also beautiful all at the same time; bittersweet. I made it through though! I now am here to tell anyone that if you are currently going through anything similar, it gets better.

I lost everything I had by entering and subsequently leaving a toxic relationship. This relationship took over my whole life and essentially, changed the course of a very significant time in my life. Even though it lasted for approximately a year, I lost my money, self worth, identity, dreams, career, material things and most importantly my health (don't worry, I'm okay now... we can get to that at another time). You see, once upon a time I looked outside myself for validation and approval. This was my ultimate defeat.

Through divine intervention, I had the blessing of starting over in life. It was a rebirth; a new

beginning. I got to rebuild and come back

stronger than ever! I rewrote my sto