I take you back to November because it was in that moment, among those beautiful women, that the weight of allowing many things to negatively affect my self-esteem became too heavy to bare. I knew I had to fight for myself even if it meant standing by myself. I had to let go of unhealthy relationships, create boundaries for myself (again), and put my overall health back on the priority list. Now I’m not saying I completed all of these things magically over night. I did some self-reflection, acknowledged what was affecting me, and began to rid myself of those things…and I am still doing so.
At first I felt selfish, but if there is one thing that New York City continues to teach me is that my personal health is far more important than anything else. When I say “health” I’m referring to my emotional, mental, and physical health. Like Bruna said, “There is nothing wrong in choosing ourselves and loving ourselves first so we can be confident enough to help others to love themselves too.”