Who was I? For a long time, I based my identity on my past and my circumstances. When I thought about who I was, it was so clear to me... I was a victim of sexual abuse. I believed I was broken and forever damaged. I was nothing more than a ragdoll for someone else's pleasure.… Continue reading Who I Am
Dear Future Me, I hope you give people a chance to get to know you. The real you. Not the you that screws up on purpose, not the you that pushes people away before they can leave you, not the you that tries to please and perform... the real you, Hunter - your intricacies, the… Continue reading Dear Future Me
I only have one life. What will I do with it? Well, for starters, I will be stressed to the max. A perfectionist. A people-pleaser. Even when I'm a kid. I'm going to do so many things I never wanted to do. I'm going to live with thin skin, where I let every insult wound… Continue reading What Will You Do With Your One Life?
I know you probably won't want to read this. You would rather be doodling, taking a drive with nowhere to be to clear your head, or doing anything but taking advice from me. But if I could go back and give you some advice in hopes of making anything easier for you, it would be… Continue reading Dear Younger Me
The most important thing I want you to take away from this is that you are most definitely, without a doubt, good enough. I know there is a good chance you are rolling your eyes at that statement, and you may be muttering to yourself, "whatever" but mutter away because it's true. It's tough being… Continue reading To “YOU” Who Needs to Remember YOU Are More Than Enough
Should I ever be lucky enough to have you, my sweet little girl, these are some things I want you to know. You will be raised saying "yes ma'am" and "no sir." You will chew with your mouth closed. That includes chewing gum. Elbows will not be on the table and phones will not be… Continue reading Things I’ll Want My Daughter to Know
I hope you fail. I hope you don't let it hold you back. I hope you find a way to keep moving forward. I hope you make a huge mistake and I hope you grow from it. I hope you have life changing experiences, and I hope that they break you. And after all of… Continue reading I Hope You…
Think back to something you did that you feel guilty or shameful about. Close your eyes and picture yourself in the situation. Look at your heart... Were you acting out of pain, confusion, or fear? Were you looking for love in all the wrong places? Were you broken, sad, or at a rough point in… Continue reading You. Are. Not. Bad.
As I just finished my last competition as a gymnast a few weeks ago, I started to think about everything I've put my body through in my twenty-two years of life so far and I decided that I owe it thanks for persevering with me for so long, for being stronger than I often realize.… Continue reading A Thank You to My Body
It's scary how easy it is to feel completely alone. It doesn't matter if you're single, married, have roommates, or if you live with family. There are times when you feel like the world is full of people that have either forgotten about you or are disappointed in you. Sometimes the feelings don't even come… Continue reading No Matter What You’re Feeling Right Now, You Are Not Alone