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  • To my best friend, Tonia...

    Dear Tonia,

    At 14 years old, I played soccer for a premier travel team. Most of my teammates played on my age group’s Olympics Development Program team. However, I didn’t play ODP because I wanted to play lacrosse with my school friends in the spring. Thanks, in part, to that decision, the travel coach, who ran both teams, cut me. I was crushed…read more

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group To the people we love 3 days, 5 hours ago

    It was her daughter!! Liz is amazing!!! She made me feel like I could change the world and now I am trying to do so. We had her on one of our weekly conversations. Maybe we will have her on again and you will get to meet her. Thank you for all your support. I appreciate you!! Hope your weekend went well!

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Mental Health 5 days, 16 hours ago

    Emily, This is so powerful. I am not sure if you saw, but I started the site after sharing my own story of being sexually assaulted. I never press charges or prosecuted. I actually never even found out who the two people were that hurt me. What incredible courage it takes to do what you did. Your strength is admirable. I am sorry at moments in the…read more

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    • Hi, thank you for taking the time to read this. It’s an old poem “thing” I wrote a while ago and never shared it to anyone. It’s hard to not know things. I know I was drugged from a personal standpoint but when I went to the hospital I remember being angry not knowing what was in my system because they never did a drug test. I stumbled across this…read more

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      • Colors say so much without elaboration. You have used them well to paint emotions with words. Brava! What are your favorite things to write? Poetry, prose, memoir, historical fiction? How have you come by your writing gift? Is it your primary gig or do you also toil in other endeavors? What is your goal or desire to make of your work?

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group To my younger self 6 days, 19 hours ago

    Oh my wow, Bianca! What an incredible person you are. You should be sooo proud of all your perseverance. And going to law school – that’s an amazing accomplishment, on no one can ever take away from you. I am sorry your childhood was filled with so much struggle, but your strength is inspiring to so many, including me. Whatever you do next, just…read more

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Women’s Empowerment 1 week, 1 day ago

    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,
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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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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group To the people we love 1 week, 5 days ago

    I absolutely LOVE this. Knowing inside who we can become and who we want to become is so powerful. But the truth is it’s probably who you already are… just have to be disciplined to be that person every single day. Thank you for sharing this. Be proud of you. Be excited about the person you are continuing to become. Thank you for this…read more

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    • Lauren, Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, you are completely right. However, Im really good at hiding me from me and people plleasing. This beautiful soul is teaching me, no inspiring and encouraging me to be true to me as a whole. Im learning I can give the world the real me with boundaries and unapologetically at that.
      XO,
      AL Gonzalez

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Surviving Addiction 2 weeks ago

    Jonathan!!!!! This is great! I am so proud that you are eight months sober. That is incredible!! Getting sober is not an easy thing, so you should definitely pat yourself on the back for that. And also, I think it’s great that you figured out what works best for you and you stuck with it …even thought it’s different than maybe other people’s…read more

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  • To the professor who changed my life

    Dear Professor Abzug,

    When I walked into your Women and Leadership class at Columbia University in the fall of 2006, I expected to learn about women’s history, engage in interesting conversations, and write about famous leaders. But as it turns out, you and your class left me with so much more than I could have ever anticipated.

    Before y…read more

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    • I grewup when Bella Abzug was a very active politician and a stellar example of feminism at its best. Feminism does not mean hating men, but promoting and accepting women as much as men. Strong women like Bella Abzug led a way and demonstrated how to not back down. How lucky you were to have a class with her son!

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      • It was her daughter!! Liz is amazing!!! She made me feel like I could change the world and now I am trying to do so. We had her on one of our weekly conversations. Maybe we will have her on again and you will get to meet her. Thank you for all your support. I appreciate you!! Hope your weekend went well!

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  • Aww I love the line where you say you are never more than a thought away. That is so true and so beautiful. Roger, your mom would be so proud of you and you should be proud of yourself. And please know no matter how much time passes, she is always by your side, loving you, cheering you on, and wishing the best for you. Sending you love today and…read more

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    • Thank you Lauren ❤️. I certainly was prepared for losing her. I think the early 20s is probably one of the hardest points to lose a parent. My Mom passed inside a 3 year span where my Grandmother, My Mom and My Aunt all passed between 2006-2008. Also my cousin had passed away several months before my Mom. It was a very difficult time to say the…read more

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Poetry 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    aww so beautiful. Isn’t amazing how powerful someone’s words can be when they say the right thing at the right time. Thank you for sharing this poem. And of course you have purpose in life!! there is so much purpose in just your story and your voice along. Keep being you. Keep doing you! And smile along the way :). xoxo
    Lauren

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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 4 weeks, 1 day ago

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    Dear Anxiety, You are my Achilles heel

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Current Events 1 month ago

    awww thank you. You have no ideas how helpful your words are. Building a business is no joke. It’s tough. But it’s comments like this one that tell me “Keep going. Keep pushing. This is meant for you.” Thank you for believing in me and believing in The Unsealed. It means more than words can express. with love, Lauren

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Current Events 1 month ago

    I love the Olympics too. I always liked all the stories, which isn’t surprising. I was inspired by the hard work, determination and relentless spirits of all the athletes. I always wanted to take their guts and determination and some how apply it to my life and my passions. Their stories made me believe anything is possible in life!

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    • I believe you’ve already applied that relentless determination towards your life. Your passion is already reflected in your work where you’ve built your business from your dream into our reality as a community. The best part is that The Unsealed is unfinished and you’re making it grow one great story at a time. Your genuine authenticity of carin…read more

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      • awww thank you. You have no ideas how helpful your words are. Building a business is no joke. It’s tough. But it’s comments like this one that tell me “Keep going. Keep pushing. This is meant for you.” Thank you for believing in me and believing in The Unsealed. It means more than words can express. with love, Lauren

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Chasing Your Dreams 1 month ago

    First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY @oneturbobenz !!! I hope you have a great day. I just read your letter, and I love that you are using your passion and your dream to inspire the next generation. You have no idea the fire you will light in someone else by sharing your knowledge and your passion. Even though your dream didn’t go as planned,…read more

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    • Hoping to have a good night at the ballpark at a game. Last time a game was at home for my birthday was 2020 and well we know how that went. Usually my birthday falls during the All Star break so it’s great to be able to go to one tonight. To start year 38 this way is my best bet. Only regret is I’m not on the mound as the Starting Pitcher. Some…read more

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  • How my dream started

    Dear Unsealers,

    I remember the exact day I started to dream about my future. It was 1995, a year after the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup. My dad took me to Game 4 of the second round of the postseason. The Rangers were playing the Philadelphia Flyers. New York was down 3-0 in the series, and we went to the game hoping we’d witness the b…read more

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Current Events 1 month, 1 week ago

    Aww @jfritz I love this. It is so nice to hear about the beauty in the world. I love Niagara Falls. While the world feels so scary right now, there are still so many beautiful people and places that offer us both peace and happiness. I, too, have many positive memories going to Niagara Falls and reading your letter made me think about going there…read more

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    • I knew this would hit home with you from your NY days. This story really was just a small part of what I was privileged to witness and be a part of. One of my favorite sporting events is the Olympics and it’s not just because of the games. It’s watching the pure joy of so many from around the world together in one place celebrating a common int…read more

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      • I love the Olympics too. I always liked all the stories, which isn’t surprising. I was inspired by the hard work, determination and relentless spirits of all the athletes. I always wanted to take their guts and determination and some how apply it to my life and my passions. Their stories made me believe anything is possible in life!

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        • I believe you’ve already applied that relentless determination towards your life. Your passion is already reflected in your work where you’ve built your business from your dream into our reality as a community. The best part is that The Unsealed is unfinished and you’re making it grow one great story at a time. Your genuine authenticity of carin…read more

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          • awww thank you. You have no ideas how helpful your words are. Building a business is no joke. It’s tough. But it’s comments like this one that tell me “Keep going. Keep pushing. This is meant for you.” Thank you for believing in me and believing in The Unsealed. It means more than words can express. with love, Lauren

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group To the people we love 1 month, 1 week ago

    Drew, This is such a beautiful letter. No matter what our situation in life is, we all need to have courage at some point and share our true selves with the world. For me, telling people I was a sexual assault survivor was terrifying. I was someone who everyone thought had it all together – and for the most part i did. But this secret was eating…read more

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Magical Moments 1 month, 1 week ago

    @dsenlightenededits @amazz94 @oneturbobenz @lindseylamar @jim-c @lostone89 @jerricaconley @qcurtis @rkartikalestari @okiwa002 @brilee258. Hey Guys! I thought you might enjoy Dendra’s story. I found it super interesting. Would love to hear your reaction. Has anyone else ever had a psychic moment. I have actually had a few. Just a few months ago, I…read more

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    • Lauren,

      I had one just last year. While driving through Streetsboro heading for Cleveland. The seatbelt buckle in my Dad’s car had a way of slapping against the door post when you weren’t wearing it. It was driving me crazy with the sound it was making. I felt uneasy about why it bothered me so much that day when it had never bothered me before.…read more

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  • Lauren Brill responded to a letter in group Current Events 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Sarah, Do not feel guilty at all. There is a very famous quote from Maya Angelou
    that says, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

    Simply by doing what was best for you and standing up for yourself, you stood up for all women. Never ever feel guilty for som…read more

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  • MEET ROGER

    Dear Unsealers

    Meet Roger! Roger lost his mother when he was 23 years old. Ever since, he has struggled with grief, anxiety and depression. He misses his mother who was a source of love and comfort in his life. One of his favorite memories of his mom is seeing her joy when she watched him perform in his first band concert in high school.

    While…read more

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    • @oneturbobenz
      Dear Roger,
      It is always so painful to lose someone you love who is so very close to you. Their spirit and light is always with you. I feel your pain. I have lost both my dear parents and this loss is felt every day. But I will say that I always try to live each day with purpose and happiness because I know that is what my…read more

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      • @shelleybrill I have been trying to get to that point. I changed jobs 3 times since October of 2020 in an attempt to find peace at work. My current job brings me back to the industry my Father spent 42 years working in. My Mother went through a lot of hard times with him always out on the road. My Mother never got her drivers license and so going…read more

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