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    This Week’s Best of the Web, Featuring a Teen’s Reflection on Loving Yourself

    Hey girls! Happy (almost) weekend!

    One of our goals here at PI is to bring you the best of the best on the web each week, so we’d love to hear what you are interested in knowing about. What do you love and want to see more of? Let us know in the comments!

    Inspirational story of the week:

    We love reading the teen blog over on The Huffington Post, written by and for teens and covering a broad range of topics. Recently, a high school student named Michaela Klembara penned a short post called “It Took Me 17 Years to Love Myself.”

    In the post, Klembara talks about her difficulties with middle school and anxiety, as well as the event that changed her outlook and helped her learn to accept and love herself. Like many teens, she struggled with not fitting in and feeling like a social outcast at school. Check out a portion of her post below, then read the entire story here.

    It took me 17 years to love myself. And I mean to really, truly, and fully accept everything I am. Looking back to middle school — where I wanted so badly to be like everyone else, and felt as if I would never fit in — I can’t believe I made it.

    I thought high school would be easier, but it wasn’t. I started having panic attacks and it was terrifying. My biggest fear was having one in school. Then, one event changed everything.

    In January, the boys in my class started making fun of a girl to the point where she started to cry. Everyone watched, but she ended up making eye contact with me. She said, “I just want it to stop.”

    In that moment, I had flashbacks to all the times I had secretly thought that to myself over the past few years, but didn’t dare say it out loud. And in the middle of my chemistry class, I broke down, too. Everyone saw it.

    After that, I felt like I didn’t have to hide anymore. While I got treated a little differently by kids in my grade for a while, like I was delicate, the incident helped me realize that I didn’t have to be happy all the time. I had shown everyone what I was really feeling inside and they hadn’t rejected me.

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    What caught your eye on the web this week? Which of this week’s PI Picks was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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    We here at Project Inspired want to guide and inspire teen girls to be true to themselves and to God. We want to show young girls how to be people of value and confidence – how to be your own best selves – through leading a Christian life. Who are we? We're a team of girls, like you. We edit the site, we post to social media, we hang out in the chat rooms and forums. We talk with you, we listen to you, and we love you!

    8 COMMENTS

    1. I was balling when i read this entire post on loving yourself because i’ve always been minorly bullied ever since i was in the 5th grade(im in the 9th now) and i started having panic attacks in 6th grade. Nobody knows. I even have self injured in the past off and on(for the most part has stopped since i’ve found Jesus)But i have always felt that I was a social outcast and even though i had “friends” nobody really talks to me. I’ve always just put a smile on my face but this makes me think otherwise. I need to not be afraid in showing my emotions. Thank you for posting that post!!!!

    2. Ohmygosh, all of these things are really meaningful to me and pretty much sum up the last year of my life. In order. Haha. Wow. I struggled with self-love/hate (eventually I’ll figure out the difference) for years, but last year, God started the process of healing that in me. I still have my days, but I’m to a point where I love God so much that I’ve begun to love myself, because I was made by him. That also resulted in the healing of a few relationships, and has started to beat my depression, along with a few other changes I’ve made in my life. 😀 Then I had to learn how to make time for Him. I’m still working on that. As a result of spending more time with God, I’ve spent more time in the Bible. The gospel IS hope. It’s hope and beauty and wonder and wonderful. And as a result of all the other changes in my life, the last quote, “I will lay down my life, I will surrender my heart, my dreams, my plans, and I will love You with all my heart, my Savior, my King,” that has become my purpose. 😀 And that’s important. Y’know how sometimes words just pop out at you, and then they just won’t go away? Well, purpose has been the last month’s word, and the year before that was hope.
      God’s doing some amazing things through your site, Nicole. Thank you so much for working so hard on this, and thank you to all those who help! 🙂

    3. Oh my gosh!!! Thanks for putting this up!!! I’ve struggled with hiding my true emotions for as long as I can remember. I’ve been trying not too, but I’d rather people disliked the “fake” me rather than the “real” me. Please pray for me.

    Project Inspired

    We here at Project Inspired want to guide and inspire teen girls to be true to themselves and to God. We want to show young girls how to be people of value and confidence – how to be your own best selves – through leading a Christian life. Who are we? We're a team of girls, like you. We edit the site, we post to social media, we hang out in the chat rooms and forums. We talk with you, we listen to you, and we love you!

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