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Is the First Impression the Only Impression?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were judged based on a version of you that existed long ago?

If so, were you bothered by it?

As a continuously evolving individual, there are so many different versions of you that will exists, over the span of your life.

I've found myself in that situation, and I can truthfully say that it didn't feel good at all. As a youth, I dealt with so many insecurities which often left me feeling inadequate, unsure of myself and isolated in a huge world. These feelings caused me to retreat in certain situations, and to avoid settings that felt uncomfortable.

As a forward-thinking adult, therapy and self-reflection played a huge part in my process of becoming whole. When others decide to judge you, based on who they knew you to be, during your impressionable years, it can trigger a setback and cause feelings of inadequacy to become more profound. You can also simply acknowledge what was said, glean any lessons that you need to take with you, and continue to move forward.

This week, I challenge you to move forward and celebrate yourself for making progress. The level of value placed on the thoughts and opinions that others have about you, is totally up to you. If you decide not to allow those opinions to weigh too heavily on your mind, don't. We all know those people who like to remind you of your past or who they think you are in their mind, and it can be a detractor from your progress.

Don't allow it to be. If you are doing the best that you can at this moment in life, keeping going. If you are placing too much value on the thoughts and opinions of others, stop doing that.

The purpose that God has placed in you, can't be measured by another human being. Your purpose is God given.  Place people in the categories where they belong in your life and keep this scripture close to your heart....

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

Before you were born, I set you apart..... -Jeremiah 1:5 "You can't find peace in a place that you do not trust. Trust yourself." Much Love, Melissa

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