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  • An Open Letter to Allison Holker

    Dear Allison,

    My name is Victoria and I want to first start out by appreciating your strength. I’m a 25-year-old digital creator, blogger, and mental health advocate from Texas! I never really claimed to be an “advocate” because I have no diagnosed illnesses. However, we all have mental health- and I’ve come to realize that it shouldn’t have to…read more

    Victoria Makanjuola

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    • I didn’t know Twitch at all to be honest. I stay in touch with current pop culture as much as possible. I’ve learned as much as people say you get older and out of touch. I say no you get busier and have different priorities or other things absorbing your attention. So I didn’t know the impact he had on others but respect that he maximized the g…read more

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  • Chanaly Rodriguez shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's Empowerment

    Love Language

    My love language is not overbearing. Its reassurance.
    It’s the effort of learning my favorite coffee order and holding hands as you drive. You bring your hand close on my worst day and bury it beneath my back. You vouch for personal time on the couch and watch comedy sitcoms for hours. I don’t ask to be seen, you want my attention.
    To be in a…read more

    Chanaly Rodriguez

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    • Awww I love this. You do deserve every bit of it. Keep your standards high. Stay true to yourself and never ever ever settle in love or in life. xo. Thanks for sharing! <3 Lauren

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      • Thank you for your kind words! My first piece, ” love language” was inspired by events that questioned my worth as an individual and also a potential partner. Sometimes, writing your desires down helps you realize that you shouldn’t rely on anyone else.

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    • I love this piece. “Your love language is not overbearing. It’s reassurance”. Of course you deserve this! And Yes you’ll manifest this certainly. So cheers we love to see it!

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      • Thank you, Sel! It’s been a journey through self-reflection that your wants and needs can be fulfilled on your own and not be suppressed by another. Love language to me is understanding your partner.

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    • Dear Chanaly,
      Thank you for sharing your very thoughtful words. I enjoyed them immensely. Keep understanding your partner with an open heart and good communication. That is what love is all about!

      Shelley

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    • This is so great. I know a lot of And I love that yours is reassurance because a lot of people don’t really give people reassurance especially if the person has been through so much things were they lost trust in other people to where it probably affects their future relationships. But I think reinsurance is a Key love language that everyone s…read more

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  • aliciaw shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's Empowerment

    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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  • I surprised myself

    Dear Unsealers,
    In a world ever changing technologically, it is sometimes difficult to keep up. I know this because I came to the computer late in life.
    About 25 years ago I was hired as a pharmaceutical sales representative. My new employer handed me a computer and told me that everything I do in the field needs to be recorded on…read more

    Shelley

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  • Love was my Safe Haven

    Dear unsealed community,
    When I was 23 years old I was living with my parents and 2 sisters in Nanuet,N. Y. My father, who was a chemical engineer, owned and aerosol factory. One night we got a call from the Haverstraw police. My father’s factory blew up in the middle of the night. My father drove the 20 minutes up to Haverstraw at 3…read more

    Shelley Brill

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    • Shelley,
      This letter made me tear up a little bit. I could not imagine having to endure your parents moving what I’m sure felt like across the country. To hear you mention a city in Ohio that holds so much personal connection to me. Through my train photography hobby I’ve chased a particular Steam Locomotive across this whole state it seems. It…read more

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  • To My Surprise, I Found My Courage

    It was 12 months into the covid pandemic. It was a very challenging time for the world. Personally, I was struggling. I hadn’t seen my daughter for a year and only saw my son from a long distance a few times even though he lived close by.
    Then we started to be feel bolstered by the fact that a vaccine was coming in April. Could this vaccine r…read more

    Shelley Brill

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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's Empowerment

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    Invoking the Muse of Woman's Wisdom

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  • citybee shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's Empowerment

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    May We Raise Them Strong Minded.

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  • KitWriter shared a letter in the Group logo of Women's Empowerment

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    Get Over It!

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  • We All Need a Cheerleader

    Dear Lauren,
    Ever since you were a small child you were always extremely chatty. I was lucky to be the recipient of your words of wisdom. When you were a teenager I was working in New York City working with some really amazing physicians. I was intimidated by these colleagues that I actually had to teach. I had to give them very detailed…read more

    Shelley Brill

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    • 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,
        Mom

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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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  • To the Woman Who Gave Me a Professional Purpose

    Dear Margaret Sanger,
    Many years ago I was hired as a pharmaceutical representative to sell birth control. At the time, I did not give much thought as to how fortunate women are when it comes to deciding when they will birth a baby. But at some point I got curious. When did contraception become available to women in this country? To my…read more

    Shelley Brill

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    • Shelley,
      I remember when I did my own research on Margaret Sanger. Conversations that I had with my Mom propelled me towards the pro choice advocacy I have today. When I first learned of the doctors plea to actually abort me due to the extreme risk to her life my birth presented I immediately researched all I could. Empowering women with a choice…read more

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      • Hi Roger,
        It so comforting to know there are other people out there who understand the importance of reproductive freedom and reproductive choice. This freedom adds to the health and safety of women. I do hope more people in this country start to see that there are many life threatening gynecological situations that require medical…read more

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        • My Mom shaped a lot of the things in my life. Her half brother was a gay man in his life. He faced nearly impossible torment in his life. My Mom was his best ally and advocate. It shaped my support of the LGBT community. Her experiences and lessons stay with me and close to my heart always. She was someone to really behold.

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  • Surround your self with people who believe in you

    Dear Unsealers,
    I may have grown up in the fifties and sixties when women were relegated to domestic roles but I was
    very lucky. I had a Dad and Mom who always made me feel that I could do more in life. They believed in me and encouraged me to get a good education and choose a career that would make me happy. I was lucky to find…read more

    Shelley Brill

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    • Mom,

      I always used to wonder why I am the way I am. I used to think we weren’t alike. I was more outspoken, more daring and a lot more aggressive than you. But as I have gotten older, I realize that although our personalities seem so different, there are a lot of similarities at the core of who we are. Mom, you set an example for me that a woman…read more

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