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  • Lauren Brill shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month ago

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    Dear Unsealers,

    It’s hard to express how thankful I am for each of you. When I started this company, I was motivated by the idea that my personal experiences coping with sexual violence could inspire others. For me, this company allowed me to turn what was once a deep and dark secret into a superpower. While each of you has supported me on this journey, I am proud to say this company has become less about me and more about all of you.

    I have connected with many of you, assisting you in writing your stories and sharing with you the wisdom that others have offered.

    While starting any business from scratch (with nearly no startup cash) is incredibly difficult, the myriad ways we’ve deeply impacted people have given me a clear vision and pushed me to march through numerous obstacles every day.

    A father whose teenage daughter struggled with a stutter wrote to me, “While teaching Morgan to relearn to talk will always be a challenge, we quickly saw the mental support she needed was far more important…There will never be a magic pill, and we knew that. Then, the Unsealed happened. It provided Morgan with an unbiased platform. It was safe. She found a place to tell her story from her perspective. …. The letter, told from her words, has acted like a coming-out party for Morgan…I am not totally sure Morgan even knows it, but I’ve seen the before and after… She has more confidence than ever to go get the life she wants.”

    One of our members who has battled depression and overwhelming grief after losing his mom at a young age just recently posted, “Without The Unsealed, I most likely would be buried in the plot meant for my father, besides my mother. I wouldn’t be doing my best to offer my particular brand of hard work to my job. I wouldn’t be speaking out for the underprivileged. I wouldn’t be taking care of my father as he continues to wage his battle against Carcinoid Cancer. I am eternally grateful that the younger you became who you are in the present moment. ”

    And an 18-year-old sexual assault survivor emailed me the following:
    “I had mentioned that you were the sixth person I had ever told my story to, and I just wanted to follow up and say thank you for giving me the space to do that. Interestingly enough, I did not tell you my story because you were affected by a similar — and yet very, very different — experience. I told you because the way you instantly conveyed yourself as a strong female role model (but also a total stranger) created what I recognized as a safe space. You have no idea how much it means to me to see women like you… I know nearly nothing about you, but whoever it is that you are, you made me want to tell a seventh and an eighth, and a ninth person about my story… I’m not entirely sure where this sudden willingness to share my story came from, but I attribute it to you because you are the first woman I met face-to-face who used her experiences to drive her passion.”

    Sometimes simply reading these testimonials make my stoic personality crack. My eyes well up with tears, and my heart overflows with emotion. I am simply amazed by what we’ve created so far. But I also realize that I am only one person, and the potential impact we can make as a community is far greater than me alone.

    That’s why I have decided to add a new element to The Unsealed. Instead of just connecting with me, it’s time for you to write to each other – to be the light for one another. We created a community of pen pals – a safe place for you to express yourself and connect with people, most often strangers, who want to see you win in life. You can add friends/penpals and @ your letters to them in our specific groups, or you can post a letter in one of our groups (divided by topics: mental health, chasing your dreams, women’s empowerment, etc.) and wait and see who from our community responds. You can even start your own group. Also, you can make your letters public to share with the world or private for just our community. It’s up to you. Feel free to repost any contest entries into one of our groups so that people can write you back!

    If you would like to be assigned a pen pal, reach out to me at lauren@theunsealed.com. In the meantime, please log in, explore our new interactive community and add me as your first friend/pen pal.

    I hope you take part in writing, sharing, reading, and exchanging Unsealed Letters. Your words will not only impact many people on The Unsealed, but your truth will reverberate throughout the world. We as a community have the chance to bring to each other’s lives what you have all already brought to mine: hope, love, and peace.

    Thank you all. I love you, and I am forever grateful for all of you! Now, it’s your time to take part in transforming many more secrets into superpowers.

    P.S. Click “Write me back” below and write me back about my story, any ideas for the community, or anything else that this letter inspires you to share (You must log in and join the group to respond). I can’t wait to be enlightened by your truth.

    @abbiegwrites, @abbycashton, @abbykb, @abo, @kayjahlorde, @krisqts-us-com, @mshagrin, @oneturbobenz, @abrill21, @shelleybrill, @cousin-shelly, @marcusj23, @willardogan, @wilparker1, @stevenburkett, @rschwartzsca-cpa-com. @lostone89, @telina27, @ashley_topham, @mehraslam, @lindseylamar, @katiedibs, @edwinbassler, @dsenlightenededits, @gabriellebeth, @hue-jackson, @mindfulstack, @jerricaconley, @jsimon, @redskinsjjv84, @yourbabydaddy, @okiwa002, @vcalero, @zaysmith1

    Lauren
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    • I just want to let you know that I am really proud of you and have respect for everything you do and are currently doing for others. I’m glad that you have given me an opportunity to be able to share my story with you and inspire others; and I am also greatful that God has given me the opportunity to work with a well driven, kind, intelligent, and intellectual sweet hearted person. I just want you to know that you are strong and very wise; not many people on this earth has a kind heart and care for humanity as much as you. I am deeply honored to be able to meet an independent care free person who inspires others be the best that they can be, and ensures others that almost anyone in the world has a story to be told and life isn’t as easy as it seems. Keep doing what your doing and continue to inspire; that those with a voice can be heard and those without one can be guided into having one.

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      • OMG, I am not crying. Actually, I am crying! Kayjah, you are so sweet. You have so much greatness inside of you and your journey is just beginning. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of your journey and I am beyond excited to see where you decide to go in life. There is nothing you can’t do! You have already been through so much and have already shown the world and yourself how strong of a person you are. So keep dreaming big. Keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Keep learning and exploring your interest. And always always stay true to who you are and what’s important to you. If you do that, your life will take you to places that you have yet to even dream about :). You are amazing. P.S. Thank you @crivero10 for inspiring me to reach out to young people in the community. @kayjahlorde is a rock star! <3 Lauren

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      • Dear Kayjah,
        Thank you so much for your kind words about Lauren. As her mother, this means so much to me. Lauren has gone thru so much in her life and I am glad she is sharing her challenges. We can all learn from each other and become inspired. Lauren tells me you are a fantastic intern and are helping her so much. I hope you and Lauren continue to work together and support each other. Your support means a lot to Lauren, her Dad and myself. We are all stronger when we bolster each other up and inspire each other. Thank you for being there for my little girl, my daughter, Lauren. When she makes people happy, she is happy and that makes me happy. I wish you continued success at all your future endeavors. I am sure you will be very successful in life. You have already proved yourself.
        Best regards,
        Shelley .

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    • I’ve always wanted to tell the world about my experiences and opinions. But I constantly have the impression that no one is listening. But I believe I’ve found the proper spot where I can tell my story and hopefully inspire others. Your efforts are much appreciated. Continue to inspire & motivate others. With the right intentions, I believe we can do anything.
      I’m eager to share my story and reading everyone else’s as well. The stories here giving me confidence and strength to do more.
      Just wanted to say thank you. Love what you’re doing. I hope to meet amazing people here. I hope I can inspire people. I’d love to share “The Unsealed” with others so that more & more people can join. I was so upset the whole day but after reading stories and letters here I’m feeling so much better now. Love and Respect. ❤️

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      • Aww, I am so glad you found The Unsealed. I can’t wait to read and respond to your story. I believe everyone has a story that can inspire someone. We all need to lift each other. I wanted to introduce to @ashley_topham. She is a strong, resilient young woman like you. I hope you two begin to write to each other. You each can post a story and just @ each other and it will show up in your inbox and you can respond on the site! We are doing a zoom tonight. Check your email. I sent you the zoom. or you can message me , we are doing a little tour of the pen pal community. Also, you can add other friends and write to them. Either way, I can’t wait for your to share your truth and this will be a place for you to be heard, supported and encouraged. Thank you for being a part of our family <3 Lauren

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    • Hi Friend, I just wanted to let you know that my appreciation is beyond words, and I am both thankful and proud of you. I am proud of you for choosing yourself and passions everyday even though you’ve been through so much fire. I am not much of a speaker, I do better watching and working from behind the curtains, but the unsealed has give me a space to speak my thoughts more creatively and for that I am so thankful. I am excited to see this platform grow and do amazing work, because all positive community work starts with conversations, listening and learning, which is what you are creating. For that I am also thankful and I hope to be a part of it. All hard conversations have to start somewhere and you have opened a space for that somewhere. Again I am not much of a speaker and I don’t put myself out there much but the unsealed has made me reconsider that. Much appreciated, always.

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      • @asyk This is so sweet. Thank you so much! This motivates me so much. Starting a business is so hard but when you realize it actually means something to people, it makes it so much easier to keep pushing. And whether you speak, write, scream, or whisper, you have a lot of be proud of and your message/story should be heard. You are strong and your perseverance is so inspiring. However you want to tell your story, you should do it that way. But please tell it. You have so much wisdom strength and beauty to offer the world. I am so excited to see what you do next in life and will be cheering you on from afar (and will also help in any way that I can).

        Can’t wait to see the wisdom you share on our platform. Your story will give many others hope.

        Thank you for inspiring me and motivating me and being a part of my dream (The Unsealed Family).

        With love, hope and faith,
        Lauren

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