Realizing Your Self-Worth and Believing in Your Path

“Your outlook on life is a direct reflection on how much you like yourself.” ~ Lululemon

“My existence on this earth is pointless.”

That thought crossed my mind every night before I fell asleep.

It had been several months since I graduated from high school and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. My future plans were falling to pieces, and everyone around me kept telling me that I needed to start accomplishing things that I had not yet accomplished.

I was not where I thought I should be in life. Everyone had expectations that I hadn’t met. I became too focused on becoming a version of myself that everyone else wanted, and I constantly compared myself to other people who had already taken the dive into the next chapter of their life.

I was relentlessly questioned and judged for my slower progression in life, which convinced me that no one supported me or believed in me. I wondered why I even bothered to exist if I was getting nowhere and disappointing everyone. I began to blame everyone but myself for the state of misery I had fallen into.

My self-esteem began to suffer as the months went by. I felt inferior to everyone and it made me hate myself. I still did not know what I wanted to do with my life—and I was starting to not even care.

But several months and hundreds of needless self insults later, I decided to block out the negativity, both from myself and other people. I silenced the voice in my head that told me I wasn’t good enough and asked myself what would really make me happy.

I’ve always been very creative and expressive. I used to sing, act, and dance when I was younger. But my favorite thing has always been writing.

Some of the happiest moments in my life came from opportunities to express myself or put my heart and soul out for everyone to see. Every path I tried to take always led me back to writing.

I got to a point where I realized that I was only trying to pursue other paths because I thought that’s what other people would accept. I was afraid that if I let my imagination soar to all the different possibilities, people would tear me down or tell me to be “realistic.”

The bottom line is that I became paralyzed with this fear of not being accepted. I was afraid to be different or go my own way and pursue what truly made me happy. I put myself in a box.

One day, I decided that enough was enough. I spent an entire year of my life trying to be “realistic” and conform to the expectations of other people. I realized that you can’t please everyone anyway, so trying will definitely not lead to contentment.

Real happiness comes from being content with and proud of yourself.

I finally decided that I was going to devote my time to learning about writing and working on my writing skills. I am happy with that decision and I feel better about myself because I made it for me.

I have learned a few things about choosing the right path for yourself, focusing on what will make you happy. If you’ve been struggling to make that choice, I recommend:

Drop your worries.

Worry puts a burden on your mind, body, and spirit. They can keep you up all night if you let them. Find comfort in the fact that everything happens for a reason and everything will fall into place at the right time.

During my period of low self-esteem and extreme uncertainty, I relentlessly questioned every aspect of my life. I would go to bed frustrated and upset as I told myself I wasn’t good enough, and that I wished I was like everyone else my age.

By constantly bashing yourself and worrying about every single thing that happens to you, you’re missing out on happiness that you could’ve had all along.

Do not try to please or impress anyone but yourself.

The need to impress, please, and compare ourselves to other people all the time is one of the most common causes of self-loathing. As long as you’re trying to please other people and live up to their expectations, you will not be pleasing yourself.

What I’ve learned is that happiness does not come from pleasing other people. Happiness comes from feeling content with your own life and goals.

Embrace your unique qualities and talents.

Everyone is different. Figure out what you’re good at and what sets you apart from everyone else. Your mission is to create a reason for being here.

Believe in your path.

When you start to figure out what you want in life, there will be obstacles. Do not let anyone or anything discourage you from continuing on. Believe in yourself and believe in your decisions.

Stay positive and keep moving forward.

Take your time.

Life does not come with a rulebook or deadlines for accomplishing certain things. I used to always think that I needed to be at the same level as everyone else my age. Life is not a race or a contest.

Have faith in the fact that you are exactly where you need to be at this very moment in time and as long as you’re content, don’t let anyone convince you that you’re not where you need to be. You be the judge of what you want to change in your life and then do it for you.

Surround yourself with positivity.

Try to limit the amount of time you spend with people who nay-say, judge, or ridicule. Choose to completely surround yourself with positive, inspiring influences. You will feel much happier and better about yourself if you do.

Make a list of sayings or quotes that make you feel encouraged or inspired and keep it where you can see it each day. Try putting the list under your pillow or on your refrigerator door.

The most important thing to remember is that you are worth it, you can go another day, and you can be happy. Life will not throw you anything you cannot handle or overcome.

Once you start to accept and love yourself and your desired path, the smoke will clear and you will breathe easy again. Be kind to yourself and life will be a whole lot brighter.

Photo by QuinnDombrowsky

About Madison Sonnier

Madison is a writer of feelings and lover of animals, music, nature and creativity. You can follow her blog at and buy her first eBook through Amazon. She loves making new friends, so be sure to say hi if you like what you see!

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  • Aaaa

    Madison, Thank you for the article it pretty much sums up my life right now, i’ll try to get inspired by your suggestions..

  • Mark

    Excellent entry, good job.

  • I take issue with only one thing, Madison: You are not an “aspiring writer” as your bio says, you ARE a writer. 🙂

    This is a very helpful reminder and reinforces the truths we often know but don’t live. Thank you!

  • Madison, Nice thoughts, equally inspiring at any age. Choices and struggles will always be part of the journey, and the world will demand your punctuality, but as you say “Life is not a race or a contest”. Profound words in a world that would love to leave you behind.

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thank you, Cary! I’m so glad you found it inspiring. 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Aww so sweet! I appreciate that. 😀 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it! 

  • Madison Sonnier

    I am so glad it helps you! Stay strong. 🙂 

  • Shannon

    Madison, this is so beautiful. I was in your shoes. I pursued a career because everyone else thought I should. You asked yourself, “What do I want?” early on and are now following your bliss which is outstanding. I left corporate to write too and I have never been happier. Congratulations on being true to you. And thank you for sharing your beautiful story. There are some really great writer resources that helped me along the way. and maybe you will dig.

  • I love this post so much! I was teary-eyed while I was reading this as I feel like I am reading about myself. Thank you so much for this beautiful post! It gave me so much hope and encouragement!

  • Amy

    Fabulous. I always seem to find some sort of real, practical encouragement from the articles in Tiny Buddha, and this one is no exception. Thank you, Madison, for having the courage to be who you are and share your struggles in becoming that with us. It really does help!

  • Williamsiris921333

    Words are powerfull. It is the belief in “the wordwords” engraved in our heart, and mind that maps our path. Thank you … for Tiny Bbuddah:)

  • Madison Sonnier

    Ahhh Irene! That means so much to me. Thank you! 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    You’re so welcome! Thank YOU. 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thank you Shannon! I actually read your post on here and it was so inspiring. Most of us feel this need to live up to the expectations of others and we really don’t have to. Once I realized that, it was like a weight off my shoulders. Congratulations on all of your success, by the way. I’m glad you found your happy. 🙂 

  • Mom of KK

    Exact advise I give my daughter everyday. Whatever she chooses to do with her life, she will be amazing at it. Sometimes you just have to give it up to a higher power, whatever you beleive that power to be. Keep sharing Madison. 

  • DOC

    I find it hilarious that you start this thing with a quote from a brand that I work with on a daily basis.  Do not be mislead.

  • Codrina

    THANK YOU!….

  • Raman Sahi

    This article totally signifies what I went through in my life. Thanks for the article.

  • Madison Sonnier

    I agree. And you’re welcome. 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thank you! Such an amazing way to raise your kids. My mom raises me the same way. 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    You’re welcome! 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Haha awesome. 🙂 And thank you. 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thanks for reading! Glad you can relate. 

  • I’m really having a hard time with this right now. I think I need to stop following my blogs, and checking FaceBook so often, it’s really easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. And when that worried mind kicks into full speed, taking a REALLY deep breath. With things like paper and homework assignment deadlines, it’s hard to say I can take my time. My biggest concern is, “if not now, when?” I waste so much time as it is, should I really be putting off more? It’s hard to find balance.

  • Jayakrishna Vijayan

    I love reading Tiny Buddha.. i become a fan of Tiny Buddha. You know, I open my mailbox sometimes so eagerly just to see tiny buddha daily email. 

    a reader from INDIA.
    thanks a lot. 

    Here i go.. a long way 

  • I hope it’s okay if I jump in here. I couldn’t help responding to your comment. I am so happy to know you look forward to the Tiny Buddha emails! Thank you for being part of this community. =)

  • Madison Sonnier

    Hi Sarah!

    You don’t have to put anything off. You do what you have to do, but it’s also important to make time for yourself and the people in your life. It’s so easy to be swallowed up by work and school and forget about enjoying the simple things and taking a step back to reflect on the big picture of life. Take a little bit of time everyday to slow down and reward yourself for your hard work. You won’t be swamped forever. =) 

  • Michelle

    Madison, I’m in a black fog (as I call it) at the moment. The worrying, the negativity, comparing myself to others, wondering what is wrong with my life…well, that has been me for most of my life! I am now in a stage of my life where I’m trying to work out “what I want to do” not planning or thinking what do others expect me to do or what do I think they want me to do. Your words have helped me put things in perspective (once) again as I muddle my way my thoughts and feelings and try to learn to love and accept myself for me. Me. Just me. Thankyou for the inspiration and writing this on this fantastic site.

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thank you so much! I completely know how it feels to be in that black fog of feeling lost, sad, and not good enough. But you are good enough and no one else out there is exactly like you. I’m so glad you’ve reached the phase of trying to figure it all out and put everything into perspective. I hope all is uphill from there. 🙂 Thanks for reading my post. 

  • Pav

    Thank you for the inspiration. Being different and going our own way can be very hard and it can be lonely but we owe it to ourselves to not give up looking for our true passion. Sending my positive energy and virtual hugs to all who feel they could use an encouragement on the way to find their true calling. And quoting Steve Jobs for more food for thought:

    ‘Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.’

  • Cath Kenny

    Lovely read and all very true.. One thing you missed though, and this is not to be negative, is that some of those people who had already ‘taken the dive’ may have done so because of the pressures to conform, or maybe because that was what they wanted to do straight away. But in all cases, later in life they may find that, actually, they need to find their real passion, and they too, may need to re-evaluate their ‘success’. We are all changing and are all different, and its the journey not the destination that is the true mark of success! 🙂

  • Madison Sonnier

    Well said! There’s nothing wrong with taking the dive if you’re ready and that’s what you want. I just didn’t know what I wanted at the time and felt like I had to be at the same level as everyone else because that’s what seemed acceptable. 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Love that quote. Steve Jobs was an amazing man. Thanks for reading my story! 🙂 

  • 2tylim

    Madison, awesome contribution here. I am in my late 30s and just finding myself. I have a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the power of self love and how it is the first key to doing and being magnificient and happy. I also believe that most people need reminders even if they may have heard things before and sometimes through repetition, we grow even more.

    I have just grown from your contribution. Thank you and may your life journey be full of love and courage.

    Ty Lim

  • Madison Sonnier

    I hope your life journey is full of love and courage too. Thank you so much! 

  • To_kid21

    i have lived everything you have described. and i am here as a positive living survivor of it all 🙂 thank you for putting it into words.

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  • Madison Sonnier

    I’m so glad to here that! Thanks for reading 🙂 

  • Amaspiritartist

    Thanks I needed that!

  • Very inspiring post. It resonates very clearly with me. I am currently transitioning and trying to remember what I want as opposed to what others expect. Writing had been the one thing that has kept me grounded and made me happy. It seems like you have found the same joy. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Jenna

    Oh Tiny Buddha, your articles always have the best timing. I am literally living this right now. I’ve been out of college for over a year and I have never felt more lost and confused. I came to the realization that my major is not what I want to pursue. This past year, I have struggled to figure out what exactly I want to do with my life and have been working random part time jobs. I often stress myself out by comparing myself to my friends who are in serious relationships, living on their own, progressing in their careers, etc. Unfortunately, I still haven’t discovered what my path is or even a vague direction to head towards. However, I just try to tell myself that everyone has their own path and their own timeline. I may not be where my friends are or where I think I should be right now but one day my path will become clear to me.

    Thank you for this beautiful article, Madison.

  • Madison Sonnier

    YES. I felt the exact same way. Your time will come and it will be wonderful. Good luck with everything 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    You’re very welcome. 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thanks for reading! I honestly can’t really see myself doing anything except writing. It just makes sense to me. Always do what makes you happy. 🙂 

  • LadyTamborine

    Words can’t begin to express how many places this article hits home; personal, family, friends & even coworkers.  Bottom line…know your passion-your path and stick with it – don’t lose yourself.
    Thanks for the great post!

  • Brieanna

    Just read this and bawled my eyes out. I feel the same way right now. I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. :/

  • Great post!  Thanks for the advices….everyone needs some encouragement in difficult moments..

  • Charlotte

    Thanks so much posting this. I felt like this so many times before and I hope this will help me. And now I’m finally starting to realise that really everything happens for a reason!

  • Madison Sonnier


  • Madison Sonnier

    It really does! I would have totally missed out on all of the awesome things that are happening to me right now if I would have gone down the path everyone else expected me to go down. I finally feel like I’m moving in the right direction. Always trust your gut! 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    Aww <3 Everything will be fine. For a long time, I felt like I would never feel better and nothing would ever make sense in my life. But I DO feel better and things are starting to make sense now. The same will happen for you. You won't feel this way forever.   

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thank you so much for reading. I’m so glad it hit home for you 🙂 

  • Amelia

    I’m a senior in high school and I’ve been exactly how you’ve described…this helped me a lot. Thanks 🙂

  • I just wanted to let you know that this article opened my eyes. I just graduated high school, and I am a freshman in college now. I went to college because that’s what everyone my age is supposed to do, and I planned my major as environmental science because that is what my mom wanted me to do. I felt like everything I ever want to do it pointless and I’m not worth it. I used to dance, sing, and act when I was younger too, I did it all the way through high school. I know though that it is nothing I am really good at, I just enjoy doing them. Similar to you, I always went back to writing. Whenever I wrote stories or letters to people I would always get positive feedback. I have always wanted to direct and write movies, so because of this I am changing my major to Digital Cinema, and double minoring in Film Studies and Writing. I have been in a negative mood for about a month now, and I realized after reading this that its up to me to change that. I understand things take time, and the road isn’t always going to be easy, but as long as I am on a road leading to a destination I chose for myself I will be happy no matter the journey that leads me there. One day you will see a movie on the big screen that is written by me, and I wanted to thank you for being the nudge that woke me up and opened my eyes. I really appreciate it! Keep on doing what you’re doing, I can tell in this article that you are on the right path for you. Enjoy your life and all the great things life has to offer you. Take care
    Meagan Martin

  • I could totally relate to this post. I have walked a very non-traditional path much to the chagrin of some of my loved ones. Brava for writing this!

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thank you! 

  • Madison Sonnier

    This is the nicest and most insightful comment I’ve gotten yet! I’m so glad my article gave you the nudge to pursue what you really want. It can be so easy to see ourselves through other people’s eyes. “Why are you doing this? Why are you doing that? You’re supposed to be doing this. You’re supposed to be doing that.” But only YOU can know what is right for you and what will make you happy. I’m glad I didn’t rush into anything I felt unsure of. I feel so comfortable and happy on the path I’m on right now and that’s all that matters. And I can’t wait to see the epic movie you write someday. Keep writing! 🙂 

  • Madison Sonnier

    You’re welcome!! <3 

  • Sara

    I’m in a job that I do enjoy the work; however I’m in a place that I am not feeling appreciated.  It may  be that I have not yet come to the consiousness that may be may career is not one that fits me and that is why I do not feel appreciated.  Or it could be that I don’t feel the appreciation in my personal life.  Reading Tiny Buddha posts and going to yoga regularly is helping me find what it should be.  Thanks!  Any comments on what else may help is welcomed.

  • Madison Sonnier

    Listen to your gut 🙂 

  • Thank you so much for sharing this, I really needed it 🙂

  • Madison Sonnier

    Thanks for reading! 

  • Lgkanary

    Thank you for posting this, it’s amazing. I followed my dream to become a mathematician and graduated a few days ago with a PhD in Applied Mathematics as a mother of two young children. Your blog speaks directly to my husband who is reading it now 🙂

  • Madison Sonnier

    Congratulations!! 🙂 

  • Tanya

    I love this post. Thank you x

  • Stefanie

    Madison, thank you so very much for sharing this. Your words are like balm to my soul considering I am struggling with the exact same issues in terms of realising my dream and where I want life to take me. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  • Leeannah92

    I loved what you posted it spoke to me as soon as I read it . I graduated from high school two years ago but my life can’t seem to go the way it should go . I went to university to peruse a degree in graphic design (the only art degree we have here in Belize).but i choose all the wrong subjects due to the school not having the course available so it turned out I had to take science, research, religion and English and math. I told myself that i would hold on in there till an opening appeared in the graphic design area.but i was working going back and forth to school was tiring . one of my teachers ever told me to go back to my English teacher for help i felt dumb and helpless I was failing every subject even ones I usually do good. I later gave up and started to work but , you can’t get a decent job with a high school diploma. My dream was to become an artist but my parents told me i need to get a real job .so I went to schoolto get a degree I didn’t achieve and now I ‘m a failure. 

  • UBE

    What an inspiring post! 😉

  • Jillian

    Thank you so much for writing this!! you are amazing!

  • Xia

    Very I-N-S-P-I-R-I-N-G!! 😀

  • Faye

    Thank you for your post. I’m a place in my life where I need to remind myself success is a journey not a destination.

  • Faye

    I’m at place in my life where I need to remind myself that there’s no time frame for success. Believing in myself has always been a struggle. Believing in others hopes and dreams has always been easy. Your post was definitely inspirational, thank you.

  • Faye

    I’m at a place in my life where I need to remind myself that there’s no time frame for success. Believing in myself has always been a struggle. Believing in others hopes and dreams has always been easy. Your post was definitely inspirational, thank you.

  • Christina Coleman

    Simply AMAZING

  • Mads

    Wow. This post perfectly describes what I am going through right now. Thank you for your words. It’s nice to be validated on my feelings and know that I’m not the only one.

  • jake

    Thank you so much for posting this, incredibly inspiring. You have encouraged so many people including myself. 🙂

  • J

    Speaks volumes to me! For about a year I hated the fact I was a creative person rather then a “book smart” individual. It was so hard for me to find a career I would be happy with. I went to school to do somthing my parents approved because it was “safe”. I got stuck in a job I HATED after school. I now pursued my passion in photography again and my life has changed. I did it for myself and no one else. Only you can make yourself happy!

  • Nokthula

    Hi Madison, your post could have been written by me. Your words, thoughts are exactly what I have experiencing and just like you found happiness in writing so did I. Thank you for sharing this, I have bookmarked it to share with others in similar situation.

  • mosurh

    Thanks for this. I was feeling my lifes over and this comparison with peers and people junior to me doing way better than me has been keeping miserable.Your post is very inspiring!

  • RickyRubio

    Dear Madison, you post is inspiring and I am sure has helped many others. I do like to add another thought on my mind. It seems that I am going through a psychological puberty whereby my thirst has swifted for the past few years. I became a person who is a sports enthusiast and achiever into a young adult who is trying to get ddonw with school and strive for my career. Does 20 years old sound too young to be in any serious soul searching path? Just wanted your opinion. And will my diminshing fire in sports vanish in life?

  • Gracelyn

    Thank you for this. It speaks to me more than words can say. I’m going through this now with a future planned for me that I don’t want and I can’t pursue what I’m good at and what makes me happy. But this gave me hope. Thank you. <3

  • Danny

    Madison – You are a genius. I was feeling low today but your post put me right back on track. Cheers to you1

  • Michael Halding

    Here is some real wisdom from someone who, for the first 40-years remained positive, never stopped trying, and kept hope alive through the most hopeless of times, but ended up nowhere! I have never been weak and doubled myself. Through all the nay-sayers, including my own parents, I battled on and went after my dreams, literally only to fail thousands of times. With an I.Q. of 144, I had the top GPA of both my high-school and college classes, but was forced to leave college to take care of my parents because of their ailing health.

    I took on 3 jobs, just to try to pay their medical bills, but soon turned to using my own credit cards to bail them out, which eventually put me into bankruptcy. Not soon after, my parents passed away, leaving a mountain of debt, and left me homeless. But still I battled on, fighting for my dream, with no family and no friends…all alone. I worked hard by working many manual labor jobs, pushing myself, which resulted in knee-replacements and back surgery, but still I kept up hope.

    Years later, after my bankruptcy cleared and when I finally got my credit score back to 800 I was able to land a job in banking, which opened the door for me to return to college due to a more relaxed schedule. Again, I was the top GPA of the class and as I approached my final year I began suffering strange, stabbing pains. I went to the Doctor and was diagnosed with a rare tumor, which is inoperable and chemo is ineffective for treatment. Again, I had to leave school to afford to pay for shotty experimental treatments, and yet again I have found myself in bankruptcy and am soon to be homeless again…but on the bright side I will be dead in less than a year from my tumor.

    It was at that moment I finally broke…at that moment all the pain from years of hoping and staying strong through hell fell upon me. I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t matter how much hope and how much you keep positive…sometimes you are flat out doomed to fail in this life. I had more potential than most of the people in America, but it did not matter. It makes me sick seeing people succeed who’ve barely put in an effort, while I’m here, at the end of my path. What advice do you have for that? What advice does a child who knows little of the harshness of this earth, who gave into nay-sayers, and negativity under incredibly lighter circumstances, have for me?

    You know very little…very little…. Life is a joke….

  • L

    Michael I’m sorry you’re in so much pain. Your story is truly inspiring. And I hope that you are able to carry with you the bits of love you have given and received in this life. Much love to you


    I learn amazing think ever in my life from you . thank youblog .

  • Prashant

    Hi Medison, Its a bright and sunny morning in Muscat. Just stumbled down on our page. Couldn’t stop reading till end.. thank you so much i really needed some positive food for mind. this morning. wish u all the best.

  • CY Mary Seipalegha

    Thank you so much. I’m better now may God bless you. continue your good work to inspire souls like me. Thanks one more time again. Thanks. ):

  • Divyanshu

    Had there been a reason to rise a reason to smile .. Life would had been quite a reason to live ..
    I try to stand ,walk but do fall everytime .. THINGS I’m not aware of , drag me back everytime .. Had lost hope but people like you do ignite it back ! Am happy I crossed across your article .. It gives me the reason back ! 🙂 but the only thing is this puzzle of life is so hard to go through .. The strength inside is drained and pains are sheer .. But at the end something that does not kill you makes you stronger .. Thank you

  • kartheek

    after completion of i live without job for 3yrs . my parents and relatives always blame me for without job , but i always ignored to them . one day i saw a poor man sitting on road side and seeing with some tears, i saw another poor lady on road crying for some reason. one poor mental aunty come to me and ask lays packet, which i buy for myself , i gave to her, then she replies me, come to my home, i offer lunch to you. after hearing this i depressed a lot. and, i feel my mother in her, start crying and love her. i always think about that poor people in my home ocassionally. i finally decided to help that people. though i,m unemployee , i start give food to them when ever i saw like this people on roads .
    in future ,one day, i don,t want to marry, for helping poor. i used to spend salary or some money in business for poor.
    i don,t want to marry , i leave my luxirious life and attachments in my life and move to peaceful places like saints live

  • Kathleen Suneja

    My book, “I Am the Change I Seek” describes some relevant
    lessons from my journey towards self-realization. Tried and tested by my activism
    during my grassroots movement to uphold democracy, I realized that the vigor of
    my convictions and capacity to uphold freedom was driven by my belief in my
    inner being. My strong sense of my personal responsibility to protect
    individual freedom led me to explore and test my inner capacity to sustain the spirit
    of freedom. I daresay, I launched a democracy movement in order to test my
    inner capacity to realize my ability to protect what is owed and natural to me
    in my body, mind, spirit and soul. The desire to be free is a soul searching

  • Day

    I value ur article! Thanks a lot! It’s an inspiring story! God bless u! Continue to inspire and help others of ur own experiences! 🙂

  • mischelle_oliva

    it really touch my heart.

  • r. vibes

    I love it,, it touched my heart; “)

  • Ygor Souza

    Such a great text. I even learned a new word: “nay-say” haha thnks for that young lady! ;D

  • Josie

    This is amazing. Made my day

  • Ujjwal panday

    I think i cried but i m not sure every words were making me self worth.

  • Jonathan Bailey

    Thank you so much! I needed this at this very moment. Touched with a tear.

  • D.C.

    Hi Madison! This is so helpful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experience.. I have been non-conformist all my life and it has been my greatest challenge… Being surrounded by too much negativity and nay-Sayers has been slowly eating away at my self worth. I’m currently in the process of addressing this issue. That is how I came across your post. I am so glad to have found this, you are such an inspiration, thank you Madison! 🙂

  • Miss

    Thank you for sharing your story.I could totally relate.its like im the one in the story,i am now in a situation where my self esteem is very low…i couldnt help it but blame those people responsible for taking away my self worth…i was about to find a good job when i was in abroad but my sisters asked me to come home because i need to take care pf our sick mom..but when our mom passed seemed like i am nowhere to go..dont know how to start…my sisters who once ask me to sacrifice my dreams are niw busy pursuing their desired life…but me until know is feeling useless,helpless..but thank to your post now it gives me inspiration that i just have to drop my worries,and find my real happiness and that is by being contented and proud of myself and believe that there is something good awaits ahead of me.just have a so much faith!

  • Debbie Jaine

    Thank you Madison, I came across your blog while researching information for Women’s self-care retreats. I think that your words would resonate with many who forget that they are in charge of where that little voice in their head comes from. Debbie,

  • Umasuresh

    Very motivating article… Am glad that i read this… Thank u for giving a valuable article…

  • hutch

    Saying you cant get a decent job with a hs diploma is a limiting belief factor. Some dont even have their hs diploma.If one tries to belittle you or take away your worth say ” At least I have my high school diploma” and keep searching. Dont let others fear get to you.