You are not alone.

We all have a struggle. We all have a story.

It is true that no two people on earth are exactly alike. The world is comprised of over 7 billion individuals, each one possessing a unique personality with his/her own traits, gifts and abilities to offer the world. However, despite the differences that separate us, there’s one thing that unites us all: we all have a past that has shaped us into the person we are today. And, somewhere in that past, there’s a defining moment or series of moments that have let us wounded.

Though the shapes, sizes and causes of those wounds differ from person to person, the pain is universal and no one is completely free of it.These wounds may fade to scars in time, but they never fully disappear and they end up affecting every aspect of our lives, especially the way we see ourselves.

It is a tragedy how many people feel inadequate and unworthy of love. What’s worse is how many people feel isolated in those beliefs. Our world constantly tells us that we’re not allowed to be broken, that if we are hurting or still trying to make peace with ourselves and with our past, we must learn to hide it and act as though everything is fine. What we’re left with is a world full of people just going through the motions, barely hanging on – pretending they’re not about to fall apart, pretending they have their life together, pretending they’re happy and trying their hardest to convince others and themselves that it’s true.

We confuse being vulnerable with being weak, so we hide our true feelings in order to look strong on the outside. But the more we refuse to acknowledge the hurt or show that we’re broken, the less we are able to recognize that we’re all in the same situation. How many times do we compare our lives to someone else’s, convinced they have everything together, only to find out they are struggling just as much as we are? If we were to truly be honest with ourselves and with each other we would see that we’re all suffering deeply in some way. But, terrified of transparency, we build walls to keep others from seeing in.

With everyone hiding their broken pieces, we end up feeling like we’re the only ones in pain. Then we start to believe that there must be something wrong with us because we’re truly convinced that everyone else has life figured out and we’re the only ones failing. It crushes our self-image and cripples our ability to love ourselves, which in turn prevents us from being able to truly love another. We end up doubting our own worth and questioning our existence.

Every single life is important and everyone deserves to love and be loved unconditionally. But, in order to give and receive love, you have to first learn to love yourself. That is the purpose of “Don’t Forget To Love Yourself.”  Every person is beautiful in a unique and special way and it is the mission of this site is to create a safe haven for those who need a little help believing it. It is a place where anyone can come to learn to heal from their past and move on to a new future, truly appreciating the person he/she is. This is a place where there is no judgement, only a quest to end self-hate and promote self-love.

You are beautiful. You are important. You are worthy. Don’t forget it.

And don’t forget to love yourself.