If you are reading this, this is a blog post that’s been in my drafts for the past 3 months. Something so true and raw that I couldn’t get myself to delete it, but yet couldn’t get myself to share. In the past few months, I feel like I’ve possibly lost a bit of myself, and forgot the true purpose of this blog. To bless and inspire. I hope you’ll be inspired by this post, and remember that you are not alone.

Dear Joy,

You live in a world where the pressure to succeed is very high. All around you you see people who are seemingly doing great things with their lives. They are making changes and influencing the world at young ages. They are impacting lives and giving more than you could ever.

You see doctors who travel to third world countries to provide medical services and to live among them. You see people of the age of 18 raising funds for charities to support children from orphanages in Cambodia. You see teens sharing about the businesses they’ve started and how it can benefit the underprivileged and improve their lives so much more. And as much as you feel encouraged that there are such people in the world, you also feel small knowing that you lack the capacity to do such amazing things. You’re not the brightest, not the most knowledgeable. You are unaware of most things happening in the world. You have a heart for girls who feel like they are worthless and lack confidence, but you’re not sure how to help them when you feel the same often. You’re not particularly talented in anything and in most things you are mediocre. You have many things, a loving family, financial stability, good friends and a great life, yet you have so little to give.

You feel like at this age you should already be achieving great things. You should be working with foundations, influencing the people around you and contributing to changing the world. But somehow at the back of your mind you know that this is just the pressure society has placed on you. That we live in such a competitive world that even the ability to help the poor and empower lives has become a competition. And you constantly feel that you are losing the race.

So joy, I hope you remember that the contributions you give to this world is not determined by how fast you do so or how much you do or even how you do it. Your intentions are good and one day I believe you will find a way that is unique and different, and very you, to make the world a better place.

Love you always.

Kisses & lipstick smudges,




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