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Dr. Jess is a blogger, artist, teacher, and entrepreneur. She lives in Norwich, CT with her 3-year-old dog named Lola. Dr. Jess blogs about strategies for designing your best life and provides expert advice for premed and med students attempting to get into medical school and residency, respectively. To get in touch with Dr. Jess, click here.

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How I Stopped Shrinking to Please People and Started Reclaiming My Space

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and herself only.” ~Maya Angelou

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. I’ve grappled with the unshakable feeling that I am not enough no matter what I do.

As a child, I was labeled by my family as being “too much.” Too bossy, too selfish, too energetic, too emotional. So I did what many little girls do when faced by those messages: …