All of the positive words of encouragement have been so inspiring.
Opening up about having a difficult childhood was both scary and liberating. The scary part was openly admitting that my life wasn't as rosie as I would have hoped for and also being afraid of judgement for that. I feel like the way everyone sees me now is only a small slice of the pie.
What I learned is that so many people have experienced something similar to my story. I had no idea that insecurities about smiling would be a common thread or that earning love as a child would be as well.
I am so inspired by the amount of people who reached out to me about their own personal stories. It is nice to know that others share in healing and I hope to keep this conversation going.