Believe in Yourself :: Because Others Do

When I first began writing for The Lafayette Mom, I was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone. I never considered myself a “writer.” I have no “formal” training unless you count a few English courses in college.

Creative, yes. Writer? Not hardly.

I knew I would have people who would read these blogs of mine and be critical, some WAY too critical. Then I knew, my mom would be my biggest fan. She’s supported me, proofread my work and has been my biggest cheerleader.

I never expected such great feedback from others.

My heart is so grateful from the love I have received.

I’m thankful that I took this step and believed in myself, because through this, I have realized that so many of you believe in me too.

So, to you artists, boutique owners, hair stylists, teachers, and all of you in between. DON’T GIVE UP.

Someone out there that you may not even know is you biggest cheerleader. Someone is cheering you on from the sidelines. Someone is your biggest fan. It could be someone you least expect.

People you don’t even know are cheering you on. They believe in you, they believe in what you stand for. They LOVE your clothes and your style. They love the way you teach ABC’s and the way you love their children. They will be the first person to share your post, buy your product, or request to have their child in your class.

PEOPLE BELIEVE IN YOU EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

Teachers, keep teaching even if you have a bad day.

Writers, keep writing even if you get a bad review.

Hair stylists, keep learning those new techniques, because some of us can’t wait to be the first one in your chair trying them out.

Sometimes it takes others to see the potential in us, before we can see it in ourselves. So don’t give up because of a bad day. Don’t stop doing what you are doing because you get a bad review. Don’t let a parent make you feel like you aren’t doing a good job. Don’t let that girl with the purple hair make you feel bad (it’s what she wanted after all).

You are shaping the lives of others and you don’t even realize.

Keep on keeping on. You are changing the world and you are shaping the future.

Believe in yourself, I know I do.

You ARE MAKING a difference. 

Courtney is the wife of Daniel Henry, her high school sweetheart and is the mother to Aleana, Avah and Daniel. She works and resides in the Frog Capital of the World-Rayne, LA. She is a graduate of LSUE and a former boutique owner. She is a self-proclaimed planner addict who loves brownies, Saints football and would rather not be wearing shoes (even though she has a closet full). When she’s not chasing after kids she’s furthering her education and reading. She could live off coffee and cookies, although it would be frowned upon.