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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 5 days, 4 hours ago

    Save Yourself

    I’ve always wanted deep connection. Honesty. Unwavering loyalty and unquestionable morals. I whined about the lack of depth in relationships each time my expectations weren’t exceeded. I wallowed in my own disappointment because I believed in a fairytale type of love. I thought, “if someone can dream it up, then they can make it happen.” I pus…read more

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    • Honestly, this letter is even more beautiful as I read it back right now. There is so much beauty and strength is this piece. You are unbelievable strong and you have such a beautiful heart, you fairytale love story is on its way. And you are right, you can’t make someone love you the way you want and deserve to be loved. You can only refuse to…read more

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      • Thank you so much for your words, Lauren! This was a hard piece to share, but our bit of conversation during the workshop reminded me that is a relatable experience. Hearing you share your bit of your relational history affirmed that we shouldn’t give up on the things we believe in.

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    • Hi Alicia. What an incredible and moving letter. To leave something after so long and something you wanted so much had to be very tough. Took a lot of strength. I’m glad you have that strength

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      • Thank you for recognizing my strength, Jim! I couldn’t have made such a transition if it weren’t for others in my life also reminding me of the strength I have.

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        • Of course Alicia. Your strength is very easily recognizable. Making difficult decisions is not an easy thing to do. Few can. But I think , while others reminding you certainly helps, you are certainly capable of making that transition by yourself, but also smart enough to lean on others to help you too. Your strength is clear. And will only grow 🙂

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    • Alicia,

      I applaud you for making not the right decision, not the wrong decision but the best decision for YOUR life. You analyzed the level of depth that was lacking in your relationship that wasn’t there. You knew what makes you happy and you found yourself still searching. The power and courage it takes to let go of someone rather than to h…read more

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      • Jamie, I absolutely loved that you positioned my decision outside of the terms wrong/right because I struggled with that for a while. Prioritizing myself over my relationship made me feel selfish, but it was truly about me taking control of my future. Thank you for speaking such kind words into my life!

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        • Alicia,

          I definitely felt that struggle in your words in your letter. Your story hits home more than you know and has challenged me to think which I appreciate. You mentioned feeling selfish at that time. If you look at any great person they’ve separated themselves from being average because of the sacrifices they’ve made. That’s why you’v…read more

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  • I surprised myself

    Dear Unsealers,
    In a world ever changing technologically, it is sometimes difficult to keep up. I know this because I came to the computer late in life.
    About 25 years ago I was hired as a pharmaceutical sales representative. My new employer handed me a computer and told me that everything I do in the field needs to be recorded on…read more

    Shelley
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  • Love was my Safe Haven

    Dear unsealed community,
    When I was 23 years old I was living with my parents and 2 sisters in Nanuet,N. Y. My father, who was a chemical engineer, owned and aerosol factory. One night we got a call from the Haverstraw police. My father’s factory blew up in the middle of the night. My father drove the 20 minutes up to Haverstraw at 3…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • Shelley,
      This letter made me tear up a little bit. I could not imagine having to endure your parents moving what I’m sure felt like across the country. To hear you mention a city in Ohio that holds so much personal connection to me. Through my train photography hobby I’ve chased a particular Steam Locomotive across this whole state it seems. It…read more

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 2 months ago

    To My Surprise, I Found My Courage

    It was 12 months into the covid pandemic. It was a very challenging time for the world. Personally, I was struggling. I hadn’t seen my daughter for a year and only saw my son from a long distance a few times even though he lived close by.
    Then we started to be feel bolstered by the fact that a vaccine was coming in April. Could this vaccine r…read more

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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 3 months, 1 week ago

    Invoking the Muse of Woman's Wisdom

    Invoking the Muse of Woman’s Wisdom

    Each day women arise to go about their tasks,
    though choosing different paths, they start out much the same.
    ”Mind and body, fulfill my needs,” is all she asks,
    ”Let me create what is required,” is her aim.

    For some it is to beard the lion in its den,
    office or field, striving to find a clever way
    to ta…read more

    Kit Minden
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  • citybee shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    May We Raise Them Strong Minded.

    For my mini me to keep in mind
    While shes still learning how to love herself
    And figuring out her own personality and identity.
    Always be positive
    but you know,
    Life fucking happens..
    You have to stay ready
    For the Just in Case .
    Fear none but God.
    FAITH it till you make it.
    Stay true to yourself.
    Hear your intuition,
    She’s your friend & w…read more

    Jatziri
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    • This is so amazing, I’m so glad that your daughter has such a perfect role model as a mother. I wish I can relate to this message with mine but it’s not the same. To me, my mother figure was my sister who is even a mother to our mother. I hope more people in the world will get a true relationship with their daughters or sons the way you are wit…read more

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      • Aww yeah I try to have a good relationship with her, I mean We have our ups and downs too but I also had a great relationship with my mom and still do .I worked a lot since she was born so I try to get along with her , that guilt of always being at work kills me…. So I’m the “cool” mom most of the time we spend time together lol I feel horribl…read more

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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Get Over It!

    Get Over It

    If I were a competent man walking through your door
    you would see me clearly, not as some intimidating threat.
    You’d get down on your weak pitiful scrawny knees
    and kiss the hem of my blessed indigo blue jeans.

    Instead, you watch me, like a house cat who
    thinking itself bigger than its mountain peak roaming cousin,
    imagines i…read more

    Kit Minden
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    • This is such an empowering message. You explained how women feel in today’s society. That cat reference is also powerful and so creative. Men are like indoor cats feeling the need to think they are bigger than women and have every say in our actions towards our bodies and how many of us should be and act. Keep motivating women your message is so powerful.

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      • I had been voluntering at a local bookstore, running poetry workshops and open mike nights. During that time I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. The owner and other’s knew. Then, one of the men was diagnosed with Lyme. They bought a very expensive piece of medical equipment for me. Thy didn’t even offer to let me try it. I realized that day that I…read more

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  • We All Need a Cheerleader

    Dear Lauren,
    Ever since you were a small child you were always extremely chatty. I was lucky to be the recipient of your words of wisdom. When you were a teenager I was working in New York City working with some really amazing physicians. I was intimidated by these colleagues that I actually had to teach. I had to give them very detailed…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • aww mommy! I love you! And I told you that you were smart because YOU ARE!! You just needed to believe in yourself. I love watching you grow and seeing you venture out of your comfort zone. It’s cool to see you start to believe and see your own brilliance. I love you and will never stop telling you how smart and beautiful you are (inside and out).

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      • Dear Lauren,
        I miss and love you too! I will try to make you proud of me. I am always proud of you and all you do with The Unsealed as well as helping other people in need. You are a bright star in my world and you light up this world with your beautiful writing talent. Continue to spread your positivity.
        Love,
        Mom

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        • A multi-generational family of scribblers! Hurrah!

          Contemplating M and Y

          Insignificant alone, joined together,
          M and Y form a bond that is hard to pry apart.
          My child moves me to the core.
          Deeply felt, it draws upon instincts
          passed down from ancient ancestors,
          fossil remnants suggesting a common bond.

          My child transforms into its own…read more

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  • shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 4 months ago

    To the Woman Who Gave Me a Professional Purpose

    Dear Margaret Sanger,
    Many years ago I was hired as a pharmaceutical representative to sell birth control. At the time, I did not give much thought as to how fortunate women are when it comes to deciding when they will birth a baby. But at some point I got curious. When did contraception become available to women in this country? To my…read more

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    • Shelley,
      I remember when I did my own research on Margaret Sanger. Conversations that I had with my Mom propelled me towards the pro choice advocacy I have today. When I first learned of the doctors plea to actually abort me due to the extreme risk to her life my birth presented I immediately researched all I could. Empowering women with a choice…read more

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      • Hi Roger,
        It so comforting to know there are other people out there who understand the importance of reproductive freedom and reproductive choice. This freedom adds to the health and safety of women. I do hope more people in this country start to see that there are many life threatening gynecological situations that require medical…read more

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        • My Mom shaped a lot of the things in my life. Her half brother was a gay man in his life. He faced nearly impossible torment in his life. My Mom was his best ally and advocate. It shaped my support of the LGBT community. Her experiences and lessons stay with me and close to my heart always. She was someone to really behold.

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  • Surround your self with people who believe in you

    Dear Unsealers,
    I may have grown up in the fifties and sixties when women were relegated to domestic roles but I was
    very lucky. I had a Dad and Mom who always made me feel that I could do more in life. They believed in me and encouraged me to get a good education and choose a career that would make me happy. I was lucky to find…read more

    Shelley Brill
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    • Mom,

      I always used to wonder why I am the way I am. I used to think we weren’t alike. I was more outspoken, more daring and a lot more aggressive than you. But as I have gotten older, I realize that although our personalities seem so different, there are a lot of similarities at the core of who we are. Mom, you set an example for me that a woman…read more

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