Tagged with self-worth

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

*A huge thank you to my ridiculously talented sister Shannon Delmonico, who turned my Word document into this gorgeous-ness.

What We Don’t Know

What We Don’t Know

“The most painful thing to admit is that my judgment is here too. Glimpses into assumptions I’ve made, conclusion I’ve jumped to, hurt that I sought to explain away rather than understand. Women I could have taken a step towards, instead of a step away from.” Not a hair out of place, children coordinated in expensive … Continue reading

Saying Good-Bye to My Label

Saying Good-Bye to My Label

“In this messy and beautiful journey, I am steadily uncovering the qualities God infused in me before I turned them into something He never intended.” My mom likes to proudly remind me—and everyone else at the dinner table—of an award I received in grade two. At the tender age of seven, I received a special … Continue reading

Letting it All Out

Letting it All Out

“I don’t spend my life in front of a camera. But I still feel pressure to appear a certain way.” I don’t remember when I first felt the need to do it. There was no shaming moment during my tender puberty years. No helpful tip in Seventeen magazine. I didn’t gain twenty pounds overnight. It … Continue reading

Warming the Bench

Warming the Bench

Shannon Delmonico Photographs As my little family crested the grassy hill, I felt my courage leave me. In front of us was a massive spray park, metal tubes jutting out of the ground from every angle, gushing buckets of water out onto dozens of little ones, their shrieks piercing every eardrum within a one mile … Continue reading

Only if I’m the Best

Only if I’m the Best

In seventh grade I was pretty much the Gabrielle Reece of our volleyball team. I would stand confidently behind the thick painted black line, scuffed volleyball nestled in my left hand, eyes narrowed. My right arm would effortlessly swing, lobbing the ball clear over the net, to the utter devastation of my less skilled classmates … Continue reading

Reclaiming Femininity

Reclaiming Femininity

“You were created to be strong and powerful and formidable. Not in spite of your sex, but because of it.” She teetered into the room wearing sky-high clear plastic heels, each one garnished with a giant pink bow. A floral pastel dress with a short flared skirt completed the ensemble. She beamed when her eyes … Continue reading

Just for Today

Just for Today

Just for today I don’t want to be the strong one The one who holds it together Who keeps the peace And sucks it up The one who is counted on, presumed upon and expected to be * * * Just for today Could I leave the sink piled high? Maybe wallow in a bowl … Continue reading

When I See Your Face

When I See Your Face

 “When your greatest insecurity is on display for the world to see, you convey a vulnerability that is attractive in a way perfection can never be.” Image Source I wouldn’t say I got into the tub planning to yell at God. But that’s what happened. The tub was filled far past the allowable level and … Continue reading

I Belong Here

I Belong Here

“God’s definition of creativity isn’t like mine. It’s big. It’s expansive. There is room for me under His tent, where creation, imagination and beauty come to play.” Creative people are strange, mystical beasts. Unicorns that live among us. They paint or sing or act. They play beautiful music, write haunting poetry, create intricate jewellery, and bake … Continue reading