Here is how my dream went from my heart to my imagination

To: Woman

From: Lauren Brill

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In 2015, I wrote a book that I never published called How My Truth Became My Power. The book was a collection of open letters, all written to different aspects of myself (i.e. Dear Ms. Ambitious, Dear Ms. Brokenhearted etc.). I came across the last letter in the book the other day and I couldn’t believe how much it set the stage for The Unsealed, which was still several years away. As this week marks one year since I moved to Miami, I realized that sometimes we feel our dreams before we can visualize them. Here is the letter that concluded the book I wrote five years ago.

Dear Woman, 

“No Legacy is as rich as honesty” – William Shakespeare

When I started writing this letter, I did not know exactly why I was writing it. I did not create an outline, mapping out every topic I wanted to discuss or each experience I wanted to share.  Rather, I just wrote.

It was almost a stream of consciousness, letting the words roll from my brain to my fingertips as I tapped and typed into emotions I did not know I felt and lessons I did not realize I learned. Through my writing, I exposed myself to myself, viewing a completely naked and raw version that I had not seen before. I discovered what’s beneath my everyday smile and what lies inside my heart.

Throughout the writing process, I pondered, “Who exactly am I writing this for?  Is it for my future daughter? Is it for the women of the world? Or is it for the next generation as a whole?”

It was almost a stream of consciousness, letting the words roll from my brain to my fingertips as I tapped and typed into emotions I did not know I felt and lessons I did not realize I learned.

As I got closer and closer to finishing, I realized I did not write this for other people. I wrote this for myself, helping me to recognize the woman I am and the woman I want to continue to become. 

Lauren wrote a book in 2015 called How My Truth Became My Power

In this body of work, the goal has not been to advocate for the choices I have made and the beliefs I have expressed, but rather to display the power I believe we as people possess over our own lives.

Through the people I have encountered and the experiences I have endured, I know I can find meaning in life from within myself. I am empowered by the knowledge that I have the strength to navigate my way and my joy in life, regardless of the obstacles that I face and the social pressures that exist. There are people that complicate my life and there are people that complement my life. Recognizing the difference is crucial. 

I now know it is OK not to be perfect. It is OK to make mistakes, as long as I use them to make me better instead of tear me down.

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During this writing process, I learned sometimes the reason we want to pursue a project, a goal, or anything for that matter is not nearly as important as our desire to do so. Ultimately, the reason will reveal itself.

As I write this last entry, I finally know precisely how I will change the world. I am going to live my life unafraid to pursue my purpose and find my happiness, by allowing my truth to help you discover yours.

With love and hope,

Someone just like you (aka Lauren Brill)
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