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If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.

We cannot grow when we are in shame, and we can’t use shame to change ourselves or others.

Empathy’s the antidote to shame. The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too.

Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.

What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.