You are so powerful.

I know what it feels like to be stuck in a situation. To feel like there isn’t a way out, that there’s no better option, so you suck it up with that stiff upper lip of yours and you go on forward, one foot in front of the other. You feel like you don’t deserve better than this life that’s sucking the life out of you. Or maybe you know deep down inside that you are meant for more, but it’s terrifying and your choices are daunting so you don’t make any choices at all. Or all your choices are based on making someone else happy, you barely enter into the equation. I want to remind you of something. You are powerful.

No matter where you are in your life right now I want you to know something –

You have choices.

And in those choices that’s where you find your power. Even when your situation feels hopeless and you feel hopeless and backed into a corner you still have options. How you feel, how you deal, how you pick up the pieces afterwards.

How you put yourself back together.

You’ve gone through life and you’ve let things just happen to you. You sit back, too afraid to go after what you want because what if you fail. Failing isn’t so bad. I’ve learned from experience. Even when it feels like the end of the world, it isn’t and you get to start again tomorrow. If you want to. Because you have the choice.

You aren’t defined by anything but the definitions you give yourself. If you want to get healthier – look at all of the options out there waiting for you and choose. If you want to be a better parent then choose to find ways to get more involved with your kids. If you want to be an artist then choose to pick up the paintbrush.

What you do today has the power to completely and utterly change your life. You’ll look back a year from now and be singing your praises.

That’s if you want to.

There’s always going to be someone to tell you that you can’t do something or that you don’t deserve to have the things in life you want.

But you are worthy. The minute you decide you are worthy everything changes, being powerless isn’t an option anymore because you allow yourself to want and that means you can allow yourself to have.

You are not broken. The things that you’ve gone through have made you stronger, even if you felt shattered in the moment. They deepened your source of bravery and endurance and made you more than you were the day before and the day before that. You are powerful.

It’s okay to feel tired, exhausted even, down and out for the count, but you have it in you to get back up, you’re just that kind of brave and beautiful.

So take a really deep breath and look in the mirror and know that you are good enough. Don’t put up with people – friends, family, spouses, hurting you physically or emotionally. Don’t settle for a life that doesn’t make you happy. Don’t get sucked into the same old patterns that end in the same way every single time. Don’t let your life go un-lived.

You can change yourself, you can change the world, you can create ripples and waves because you have movement. Use it.

You are worthy. You are powerful.

You are. You really are.