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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 day, 21 hours 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

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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's EmpowermentWomen's Empowerment group 4 days, 17 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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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 4 days, 20 hours ago

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    A Lesson Through Love

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 4 days, 21 hours ago

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    Life lesson: learned

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  • BigStudBundy shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 4 days, 23 hours ago

    Buying a ticket for the subway

    The first time I was taking the subway in New York City on my own I was a little intimidated. It was only the 3rd time in my life I had been to New York. I wasn’t fully comfortable walking the streets let alone taking the subway. Growing up I had seen so many movies where people were mugged or pick pocketed on the sub way. I remembered there w…read more

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Why I broke off my engagement and what it taught me

    Dear Unsealed Community,

    When I was 19 years old, I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to chase my dream as a sportscaster. In pursuit of that dream,  I started working at the NBA. I commuted two hours from Columbia University to New Jersey, three days a week, because I was committed. I wanted to network with people who worked in sports. I…read more

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 2 weeks, 1 day ago

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    Safe space for me

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  • Jim shared a letter in the Group logo of Magical MomentsMagical Moments group 2 weeks, 1 day ago

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    Expanding the comfort zone

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  • The Only Mom I'd Need

    Dear Mom,

    From the very first day, you were always the one who was sure of me, even when I wasn’t. You told me once that my success would only be limited by my imagination. So many years later that still resonates in my mind whenever I face an adversity. Your faith in me was a lot more than just love but a faith I only now know fully. You s…read more

    Roger Marshal Chamberlain
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    • Your mom seems like such a very wise person. Not many people have the chance to have such a nurturing person to guide them through life and your mom is such a prime example of the definition of nurturing. I’m glad you got to experience such true love from your mother. She’s such a bright soul.

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      • Kayjah,

        Thanks for the kind words. People often wonder why the grief I carry from losing her has persisted so long. It’s because of who she was. What she did for all of us. All of us besides my Mom have the same first and last initial in our names. My Mom’s name was Margery. We had a little inside joke between us where I would call her the MC…read more

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  • Dear Me 🧡

    Dear Me,

    Thank you for taking the time to sit with yourself and process your thoughts and feelings. This year, you really took yourself & your ideas seriously. Your perseverance through rejection is admirable and I appreciate you, even when others don’t.

    When you lost your job in January- you didn’t beat yourself up.

    When the bank funds were…read more

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    • I love this letter! You should be so proud of your strength and perseverance. I hope you always remember that whatever challenges you face in life, you have the power to handle it with strength, grace and power.

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      • Thank you so much Lauren! Your feedback is so valuable to me. Thank you for creating this platform and safe space. I look forward to the many more stories/letters/entries I create!!!

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        • I so look forward to them as well. I hope you have a. wonderful thanksgiving if I don’t see this week online. Thank you for being. a part of our family.

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    • Hi. Great letter Victoria. Perseverance in tough times is a trait that not everyone has. Clearly you do. You should be very proud. I hope you have a great thanksgiving 🙂

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      • Hi Jim. Thank you so much! I appreciate your words- I certainly needed to hear them. Persevering still by staying optimistic about the future although I don’t know what’s next. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. 😁🙏🏾

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        • You’re very welcome Victoria. Glad I could help a little bit. An yes the unknown. It’s certainly one of my biggest obstacles. I’m sure for many. But persevering seems like the only choice right?
          Thank you. Hope yours is a nice one 🙂

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  • Mom, Here is why I am strong

    Dear Mom,

    You once told me that you don’t worry about me because you know no matter what, I will always be OK. You said to me that throughout my life, whatever challenges I faced, I somehow always managed to persevere. You told me you know me better than anyone else. After all, you’re not only my mother but also my best friend.

    You know eve…read more

    Lauren
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    • Lauren your mom is the reason you are the way you are today. She gave you such a huge precious mindset and I’m glad you have someone who you can call your best friend. She gave you so much wise words when it came to the tribulations that you had in your life. This is such a beautiful letter that shows her loving character.

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  • My Purple Heart

    Purple is the color ribbon for chronic diseases. My sister was a victim of Lupus. A disease where your body attacks tissue and their is no cure or no real understanding of just why it happens. I affect Black Women the most and it did with my sister at 21. Right when she lost her first baby a day after he was born, she had to find out she had a…read more

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    • Dear So,
      I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your dear sister. Sometimes life can be so unfair. You are stronger then you think. I know you will always keep your sister’s memory in your heart. She will give you strength.

      Keep your heart open,
      Shelley

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      • Thank you very much. I really appreciate your words of kindness and upliftment. It really has been a hard road. Still is. But she always loved my writing, so I’m glad I get to do that as something for her also.

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    • As someone who currently suffers from a chronic disease, this really hits me hard. I currently suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Like Lupus it attacks tissue and moreso joints. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister to Lupus.
      Loss is a tough thing to come to terms with. I lost my Mom 12 days after I turned 23. She died from a heart attack in my…read more

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    • Dear So,
      I have had loss in my life. The two most amazing people in my life- my mom and dad. But by no means am I gonna say that I know what you went through with your sister. Everyone’s situation is their own. But I can relate I guess. Nothing can prepare you for these situations. My mom passed, and it was awful. And then 18 years later when d…read more

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    • The loss of a better half or best friend grants a gift on the other side. I lost my grandmother at 25. She was my best friend, and it hurt me deeply to watch the ending of her life. Someone so beautiful, talented, and funny leaves the world alone and depressed. I grieved so deeply that I had her remains inserted in a locket I would wear around my…read more

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  • MMansfield28 shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month ago

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    Purple Tears

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  • Paola Bayron shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month ago

    Sharing with you, what you taught me

    To the beautiful ray of light that beamed through the windows of my hollow heart, in my darkest times. I never thought that I could need you more than you needed me. Before you were born, your dad and I were preparing ourselves for your arrival. We moved into a bigger home, I was nesting, we received many gifts from our family, your parents were…read more

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    • @pbayron Paola! I am so sorry for what you went through but your comeback story is awesome! I am proud of you for doing what’s best for you and (in turn your child as well). You are so strong and your baby is lucky to have such a strong, resilient mama. Thank you for sharing your story and being a part of The Unsealed family.

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      • Thank you so much! It is truly an honor. I hope that my daughter can find her pursuit of happiness and know that it always comes from within. I’m grateful to have learned just in time to share as she grows up.

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    • Hello Paola,
      It was so nice meeting you tonight. Your letter is so beautiful. You have faced a lot of challenges but you have faced them with grace and dignity. You should be very proud of yourself. You have inspired me to be strong. Always know you are amazing and you are capable of so much. Stay strong and know that Lauren and I and The…read more

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      • Thank you so much Shelley, your words mean so much to me! Thank you for opening your hearts to me and providing a space for me to be able to share my story and be able to hear how others also overcome their struggles. It’s beautiful what you both have done to making this something special to us all.

        Best,
        Paola

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    • Wow! You went through a hard fall but I’m glad that you picked yourself up and became an even stronger parent for your child. Life sometimes catches us off guard to the where we trip and sometimes fall but thankfully you managed to stay strong dust yourself off and stand back up. Great letter!

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  • Blanca Rangel shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month ago

    Letter To My Future Child

    Dear future child,

    This is your mother, and I’m currently 21 years of age, in college getting my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services. I needed to sit down and write to you because I wanted to share a lot of important information that will help you in your young adulthood! 

    Please take the time to read through this carefully! I wa…read more

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    • @blancar100 Blanca – Your letter is very sweet. Your future child is very lucky that she or he will have a mom that will give him/her the grace , compassion and support to be whoever it is they want in life. Good luck on your college journey. You sound like a very strong and driven young woman. You have so much to be proud of! Thank you for…read more

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    • Dear Bianca,
      Your letter to your future child is so wise, beautiful and inspiring. How sweet of you to let your future child choose the path in life he or she wants to go down. I wish you and your child much happiness and success.

      All the best,
      Shelley

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    • Wow! This letter is so beautiful. What a great message to give to your future child. I just know one day you will be a great mother with the amazing motivation to keep your child in a place where they can feel seen and heard and teaching them lessons that they should never give up no matter what comes their way is a blessing. You’ve accomplished…read more

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  • The Green House

    A poetic/fictitious mixed short about greeting your melancholy with kindness and making your mind into a nice place to call home.
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    The autumn flush bashfully comes in during this time of year. Traces of red and orange line the green just enough to give the sense that it might actually get colder than fifty, but it never does. Most of the…read more

    -Linds
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  • Jules Baker shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month ago

    To my future children

    To my future children,

    Although I haven’t met you yet, I want you to know that I love you. With every fiber of my being, I feel a love coursing through my veins that only belongs to you. I dream of the day that you’re in my life, and I am brought to tears when I realize that moment won’t be happening any time soon.

    I am still living at home wit…read more

    Your mother-to-be
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    • @juliettebp Jules! This is so well written. You are a great writer. You should be so proud of yourself for having the courage to forge your own path in life. I love this line, ” I know you will be beautiful, and I hope you will be kind. But really I just want you to be yourself. I want you to express yourself, to be free of influence, and follow…read more

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      • Lauren 🙂

        Thank you for the kind words. I am so grateful to be apart of this amazing community and and the support that comes with it. This letter was one of the hardest things I’ve written so far, but one of the most cathartic <3

        -Jules

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        • Writing is so cathartic and empowering. I feel like it allows you to own your story, instead of your story owning you. From reading your writing, I can tell you are very smart (and obviously a good writer). Keep writing. Keep sharing your truth. And keep discovering the badass woman you are at heart! Thank you for being a part of our community. <3…

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    • Dear Jules,
      Your letter is absolutely amazing. Your words and thoughts are beautiful, kind and insightful. You sound like an amazing person who has overcome a lot in life. Keep pushing through. I know you will succeed at anything you do and you will be a wonderful mother.

      Best regards,
      Shelley

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    • I know it’s hard to have parents who have shaped your future based on their past trauma and events. I know it’s very hard. I’m glad that you will be able to show your child their future and make plans to that they don’t feel pressured to obtain goals but pursue their dreams. Amazing letter!

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  • Julia Harris shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month ago

    Having it All is Actually Terrible

    By mid-2020, the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in the largest collective penalty on parents of young children in modern history. Childcare and school as we knew them transformed overnight. Not surprisingly, the damage fell disproportionately on working women. Specifically, the mothers of young children.

    July 2020

    Z & P,

    Having it all is…read more

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    • @juliadharris This letter is so good, so raw and so damn real. I don’t have kids but I have thought a lot about how in the world would it be possible to “have it all? ” And then add all the complications of the pandemic to the mix? Seems so overwhelming. With that said, It sounds like you have done what you needed to do to make it work and get t…read more

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    • Dear Julia,
      I understand how you must have felt during covid. You were juggling so much. Know that you are amazing. I hope your life. Is a little less hectic now. I wish you and your children all the best that life can bring.

      Best regards,
      Shelley

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    • This letter is amazing! I loved how you delivered it. You allow your child to live such an amazing life. Letting them know that they are capable of anything and deserve everything. We always learn from our pasts and instead of pushing our trauma on them, we lift them to be capable to do anything I love that you have that mindset.

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  • Representation: From Generation to Generation

    Representation; it’s a word I only truly learned about in the last 5 or so years…and I still have a lot to learn about. You see, growing up I loved movies, books, television shows; basically any escape from real life was my jam. Luckily, there were a lot of shows, celebrities and characters in stories that I, as a blue eyed white girl…read more

    An Angry Aunt
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    • Oh man this was such a good read. Your first paragraph was so raw! & it was relatable. I wish our generation had an easier time healing but it’s wonderful that people have the courage to share their stories. Someone, somewhere will read that now & relate & not feel so alone anymore.

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      • Thank you so much Denise, your comment made my day!! I agree completely; our generation spent most of our lives trying to live up to the expectations of not only the media, but the generations before us. We all need to take the time to heal, and connect with each other, and hopefully continue to have the courage to share our stories, however…read more

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    • Your message is so true. There is it is much representation as there should be now these days. There might have been a development, but I feel like there should be more. It kind of sucks especially with the society that we live in that there are not as many people being represented on television as they should be, and even if they were represented…read more

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  • Valerie Gary shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 1 month ago

    FEAR has no place here - A Letter to My Future Child

    To my sweet baby boy

    I used to hear my mom, your grandma, say “everything happens for a reason” but it wasn’t until very late in my life that I surrendered to this truth. I wasted a lot of energy worrying about the hardships I was facing which ultimately lead to depression fear and avoidance. There is no doubt that trouble has a way of takin…read more

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    • @befreebebold Valerie – This is so well written. I am so sorry you have had to deal with such a difficult illness, but its incredibly how you have found strength and purpose through it. Your message is so powerful. This line I absolutely love, “I journaled that day and God told me I gave you gifts to use, I give you ideas to create, I gave you a…read more

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    • You are so strong! Life threw things at you and you made the best out of it. Your future child would be so proud to see the woman that you became today. So much growth and experience allowed you to inform your, future child, to be brave and strong through the toughest situations.

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