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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 2 months, 1 week ago

    The Opportunity of a Lifetime

    Dear Lauren,

    I always hoped that clicking around on social media would lead me to a community that was authentic and motivated, but safe spaces like that aren’t too common like that on the internet… Luckily, one fateful day in 2022 I saw an ad for The Unsealed. An invitation to share my story and a community to share and grow with was like a dre…read more

    Alicia Sophia Marie

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    • Aww Alicia! You know how much I love you! I am so glad you are part of The Unsealed. I appreciate you just as much, as your kind heart inspires me. I’m grateful for our friendship. Thank you for the birthday wishes! Love you! <3 Lauren

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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    We Are All a Work in Progress

    Dear whoever needs a reminder,

    At this point in time, you’ve probably heard the term “Gratitude Practice” in pop culture. It centers on looking at the things in your life through a lens of appreciation. It requires an ability to shift your focus and play up the parts of life that we often overlook. Gratitude practice for me has been a long…read more

    Alicia Sophia Marie

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    • I’ve never heard of gratitude practice. I’m glad I’m hearing about it now. Changing your perspective on things and shifting your thoughts from stress to gratitude can’t be extremely beneficial. Just like the saying “stop and smell the roses” there’s also “look at the bright side.” Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thanks for sharing Alicia. This is such an important thing to practice and I needed this reminder. It’s sooo important to practice this during the good times too! When you don’t “need” it. Then it becomes habit and when you’re feeling down you have this tool that is so easily tangible. This reminder to practice gratitude was something that I truly…read more

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    • First off, congrats on your bachelor’s in psychology. Reading this shows that you’ve come a long way and that your journey has surely paid off. When you said “It’s hard to see the path forward when your head is down.” is so deep and powerful. If you don’t mind I just might start using this saying. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thank you for sharing this inspirational story. We all should be grateful for what we have and what we will achieve in life. We should be happy for small things for the things we wake up in the morning and do the things we do.

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  • Journey To Your Future Self

    Feet grounded to the shore as ocean bubbles wash over your toes
    The tide pulls away and the sand beneath you sinks
    Gold flickers of sunset warm your shoulders
    Your gaze follows the endless sea of blue
    Who is on the other side of that sea?
    What waves must you endure to meet them?
    Or is the someone on the other side of the sea
    Who you will become…read more

    Alicia Sophia Marie

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    • Alicia – This is so good!!! I could even visualize your future self talking to your current self. And this line is my absolute favorite, ” Remember the struggles that you are going through right now clear as day, I still carry them with me. Not because they are heavy, but because they are meaningful.” This is so wise and well said and resonates…read more

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    • I really like the way you prioritize hard work and taking breaks when needed. Taking occasional breaks to recharge is essential, but let the anticipation of reaching your goals continue to fuel your determination and drive. It was really inspiring to read this, Thanks for sharing!

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  • A Part of You That Needs A Friend

    Doubt. That feeling of swirling thoughts, a floating stomach, a locked jaw… It’s amazing the sensory input your body creates when you are unsure of something. And equally amazing how assuredness feels so much more peaceful. We tend to second guess, invalidate, or discard reason when we chase after that feeling of assuredness, trying to make the…read more

    Alicia Sophia Marie

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  • aliciaw responded to a letter in topic Mental Health 1 year ago

    Lauren, I’m so happy my words were relatable but I’m also sympathetic because I know the struggle!! We just have to keep breathing. I like to think we’re not given anything we can’t ultimately handle!

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  • aliciaw responded to a letter in topic Mental Health 1 year ago

    Pete, I’m so happy my letter reminded you of skills that have been helpful in your life! My therapist introduced me to breathing as a coping mechanism, but yoga taught me all the amazing techniques, would definitely recommend if you’re interested!

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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 year ago

    A Lesson in Holism

    I could say I’ve known you forever, but that wouldn’t seem quite right. I guess I’ve known you for as long as I can remember. But even then, I’ve only known you partially. You’ve revealed yourself in different ways over the years and given me new reasons to love you. You’ve made days worth it. You find meaning in the little things and you know how…read more

    Alicia Sophia Marie

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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 year ago

    Your Secret Source of Peace and Power

    Fidgeting and nausea must be a natural state for you. Movement seems to disperse a bit of that nervous energy, but the feeling of your stomach turning is enough to make your mind go blank. I spent most of my life stuck in this mode, chalking it up to a hyperactive personality and a sensitive stomach. But looking closer at my life, I could see the…read more

    Alicia Sophia Marie

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    • The power of breathing is truly amazing. I was dealing with some high stress a few years ago. I had rememebered someone recommending me a few meditation podcasts a few years prior to that. I decided to give them a try and found they were really helpful. I was pretty sure it was the slow deep inhales and exhales that were making all the difference.…read more

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      • Pete, I’m so happy my letter reminded you of skills that have been helpful in your life! My therapist introduced me to breathing as a coping mechanism, but yoga taught me all the amazing techniques, would definitely recommend if you’re interested!

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    • When you were reading this monday, I totally felt like this was about me. It is amazing the pressure we put on ourselves and its impact on our well-being. But it’s also amazing the relief we got from a simple breathe. I love this. It’s so real and so relatable. <3Lauren

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      • Lauren, I’m so happy my words were relatable but I’m also sympathetic because I know the struggle!! We just have to keep breathing. I like to think we’re not given anything we can’t ultimately handle!

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    • I remember when I had such a hard time with anxiety and it got so bad to where I started to get panic attacks. What happened was I was going through stress attacks due to a lot of things happening in my life. My sister helped me through my first one by breathing. It always helped me calm down and through that, I’ve been learning to always try and…read more

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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 year, 2 months ago

    You Saw in Me What I See in Others

    Dear Karina,

    I am fortunate that you decided venture out at work and talk to a coworker that wasn’t in your department. Starting a simple conversation about a potential shared interest, “Do you like rock music?” seemed so easy for you. You’ve told me in many different ways over the years, you saw what made us different from everyone else is what…read more

    Alicia

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    • Aww this is so sweet. Friends that have your back and see your greatness are the absolute best. Karina sounds awesome! And I am so glad she encouraged you to write because you are talented and have and will inspire so many people. Xo

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    • A lot of times we don’t take the time to capture ourselves in the mirror. we are so used to how we act we don’t get more recognition for it. so to have someone as great as your friend point out the amazing things you do must be very uplifting.

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    • That’s beautiful, and I’m too glad you found someone who has been with you for many years now for encouragement, as well as being a true friend. Yes, she pushed you helping to reach your potential, a true friend, but you did it, and always remember that. Help and someone pushing you is great, but ultimately it’s your decision to reach your goal…read more

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  • aliciaw responded to a letter in topic Women’s Empowerment 1 year, 2 months ago

    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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  • aliciaw responded to a letter in topic Women’s Empowerment 1 year, 2 months ago

    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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  • aliciaw responded to a letter in topic Women’s Empowerment 1 year, 2 months ago

    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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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 1 year, 2 months 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 know it is hard to lose a relationship especially when you’ve been going on for almost a long time in your life. You are really strong for making a huge decision in order to take care of yourself.

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    • Yes, this is true. I looked for mine dream story and life many years ago and it took me only two years to realize I wasn’t getting it. I grew up on such dreams and now I’m not sure if I really believe in it any longer. We teach our kids, as well as read the fantasy books as they’re growing up and they believe in these stories, just as we did…read more

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    • This is so empowering. Your words speak volumes about your strength. We all have a dream and that dream is reachable always. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow of what we call life to understand ourselves on a deeper level. I’m so happy that you understood your worth. Your person will show up right on time. 🙂

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    • Alicia, thank you for sharing. I too had this experience. I was in a relationship for 12 years, one that I felt like if I kept trying and trying it would be what I wanted. It would be the perfect relationship. Or not perfect, but it would work. We would work. Ending something you have been working on for so long is so difficult. Admitting that you…read more

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  • Dear Little Sunshine: I Know it is Dark Out There

    Dear Little Sunshine,

    The world might not make much sense to you right now and I know you are just trying your hardest to find a place where you feel seen and heard in the way you see and hear other people. I can’t promise you that people won’t break your heart or mislead you, but I can promise you that every twist and turn you take will be you…

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  • Dear Little Sunshine: I Know it's Dark Out There

    Dear Little Sunshine,

    The world might not make much sense to you right now and I know you are just trying your hardest to find a place where you feel seen and heard in the way you see and hear other people. I can’t promise you that people won’t break your heart or mislead you, but I can promise you that every twist and turn you take will be you…read more

    Alicia

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    • Alicia, this piece is very well done. I am sorry you had so much responsibility so young, but the way you’ve handled it speaks to your strength and your heart. I am sure you are light for so many people around you.

      I absolutely love this line, “I don’t ask that you stay strong and silent when the world doesn’t give you what you need, I ask tha…read more

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    • Wow, you are so strong, Alicia. You remind me of my older sister because she had to wear the big pants in our family when it came to taking care of us. After all, my mom was a gambling addict and she was never home. It makes me love my sister even more because she could’ve given up and not taken care of us but just like you, you continue to be s…read more

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    • Hi Alicia
      Wow what an amazing letter. What an incredible outlook. So incredible that you had so much responsibility at such a young age. Great advice. Not everyone is cut out for that kinda stuff. Clearly you are. Amazing 🙂
      Jim

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    • Hi Alicia. Here is the letter I told you about. The one about my dad.just wanted you to see it. Im very proud of it. Have a great day 😊

      Perseverance learned from the best
      This is my story about perseverance, a perseverance I didn’t know I had in me. But as with many things in life, sometimes you find things out the hard…read more

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