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Monday, March 14, 2011

Laurel P




Dear Laurel,

You are loved. Even when you don’t see it, even if you don’t hear it, please look within yourself to feel it, because I promise you, love surrounds your entire being. You have worked so hard through so many difficult things and still somehow along the way you have surrounded yourself with genuine people who truly care for you. You did that. You dive in head first to every relationship 150% without fail, and I love you for that. You are honest, intense, funny, strong, empathetic, true, and passionate.


You are loved.


The dream of the person you will become someday inches closer with every passing moment and I see the look in your eyes with pure excitement of the unknown to come. You have pushed yourself harder in the past eight months than you have ever been pushed before and you did that, no one else. You have kept yourself accountable and look what you have done. You have transformed yourself inside and out and you continue to make great strides in your personal growth every single day.


You amaze me.


Your courage to continue on with the intensity in which you live life is a wonder in itself and you give me hope. I am going to say that one more time to make sure you heard me.


You give me hope.


You give me hope in what people are capable of in their darkest hour. You give me hope in what mankind can achieve. You give me hope in the idea that things will get better. You give me hope for love, hope for life, hope for yesterday, hope for today, and hope for tomorrow.


What I want you to remember, what I need for you to remember, is what I have written to you today, because it is all so easy to forget when trouble rears its ugly head. You are so much more than you give yourself credit for and it’s about time you start. You are going to change lives for the better. You are going to help people. You are going to take this world on by storm. I love you more than you will ever know. You are my strength, my light, my soul, and my eternity. You are me, and for that I love you even more.


Always,

Laurel

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Anonymous said...

YES, this gives me hope, too. Thank you for sharing this. You wrote this for yourself, but its reach is much farther than you will know.

Anonymous said...

Great job! Keep it up. You are going to do great things in life and you deserve to know that you are loved.
You are so strong and can overcome everything that is thrown at you. With a little patience, time, and love you will forever let your light shine!

Lolly said...

Laurel, I loved your letter and I truly believe every word of it that you said. I'm glad that you are turning over a new chapter in your life and starting it with such power and strength. Here's to a new you! Cheers!

rachel said...

I love you and you are the best big sister ever. And you are VERY brave. Wonderful letter!Very impressive :)

Anonymous said...

Laurel,
I feel like your letter could be sent to so many women out there with so many different stories, thank you for being honest and hopeful.

Anonymous said...

Wow Laurel. This is an incredible letter. Not only is it creative and extremely well-written, but the words are important. It must have been rewarding to write this letter to yourself. I hope that you know and believe that it's 100% true becuse it is. Thanks for the inspiring words on a day that's been emotional and difficult.

Sarah said...

Great letter, Laurel! And the best part is, every word of it is true! You are such an amazing person, I wish you all the best in your new chapter :)

Anonymous said...

Laurel, I love who you ARE! What a great letter. You have always been a bright beam of light shining on truth and reality throughout the spectrum of life. It's okay to grow slowly when it hurts. You rock! love, Emily

erin said...

you're amazing. <3 love you!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

that was perfect. laurel, you are SO beautiful, inside and out. i love you.

Anonymous said...

very inspiring, and heartfelt. i am a little teary.

Laurel said...

Thank ya'll so much for saying all of these wonderful things. I didn't realize until I was done writing the letter how important it is to actually tell myself what i think. And it makes me think that if more women wrote themselves love letters then some of them would still be here with us. Thank you Iman for starting this, I really think it could save lives.

Laurel

Kristen said...

Laurel, you are a beautiful talented soul. It was a joy to get to work with you a few summers ago and I hope to get the pleasure again. Keep shining!

Hannah P. said...

So absolutely true my dear. You are so strong and beautiful and definitely one of the most amazing women I know!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, you are all that you said!
Very lovely letter.

Anonymous said...

Lovely and inspiring letter.

carly.maria.e said...

This is so beautifully written and so true!
Your strength and beauty are truly empowering. In short, you are amazing!
Thank you for sharing this inspiring message.

Nick said...

That was really beautiful. I like how it can transcend to the reader. Great job at being so open; that is not as easy to do as you made it seem in your letter. Fantastic.

Anonymous said...

The letter was very beautiful. I wanted to add that you are an incredible listener and amazing singer and dancer :)

Anonymous said...

You are truely amazing and inspiring! What a touching and true letter, which can give hope to all who read it.

marie said...

simply beautiful. thank you for sharing. :)

Aaron said...

Yes you are an amazing person but that was never - ever - in doubt. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

what a strong young woman you are. thank you for sharing such an emotional and powerful letter.

grace said...

I don't really know you, you're a friend of a friend. But after reading this i feel like I do. :) You shared so much of yourself. Thank you. It was very inspiring. I wish I had your confidence.

jennifer said...

you have touched my heart. thank you. you ARE loved.

gretchen p. said...

wow. i want someone to say those things to me! :) maybe i should write myself a letter. you give me hope laurel, so thank you.

just, ME said...

You HAVE changed my life for the better. What a great project. Thank you SO SO much for sharing such an intimate part of you. That was a courageous thing for you to have done. I love this project and I hope you win Laurel. You deserve it! :) -me

charlie said...

I feel like certain passages in your letter were written specifically for me, and things I am currently dealing with. Inspiring.

Kim (Jessie's Mom) said...

What a beautiful letter. If all people (not just women) could self-talk this way, what a healthier place this would be.

Anonymous said...

lovely lovely lovely. i hope you can always remember what you wrote to yourself. it is all true, and oh so important for you to know. we all love you.

Anonymous said...

AND... another of your talents is writing! What a great way to say those things to yourself, and to all of us. The world is better with you in it... writing, and inspiring us to be like you.

Anonymous said...

congratulations on being so strong, beautiful, wonderful, and giving. you are one in a million. really. i don't know anyone else quite like you. i really admire you for what you're doing with this project and your life in general. i am keeping this anonymous because i don't know you that well anymore, but i do love you and always wish you well.

Anonymous said...

why have i never heard of this before? i have read a few letters and the opening one with the rules (vote by commenting)... well, i vote for YOU laurel. what an amazing woman you are. my friend jessie linked this page, and i have to say, she is right about you. you seem wonderful. -amy

Anonymous said...

Super Stellar :), really cool idea, and refreshingly insightful, I think everyone could benefit from something like this once in awhile ... keep rockin!! :)

-Paul

The Fredericks said...

how neat- this is such an amazing idea and an even more amazing letter. I feel like I would like to meet you and be your friend.

Beth Hannigan said...

Thank you thank you thank you for such an insightful letter. It was beautiful. I think I will write a letter for myself. <3 Beth

a friend said...

gorgeous. the picture. the letter. and especially you laurel. you are gorgeous.

jules said...

thank you for writing a letter for this project. i am oh so impressed and awed by you and your strength.

Anonymous said...

super amazing,all us women need a little i'm worth it pep talk :)

Tray Blousky

Anonymous said...

what a great project!! thank you ms. iman woods for thinking this one up, and i am so glad you participated. thank you laurel. i hope you win this thing. i want to see you all dolled up for your photo shoot! - gracie larue ;)

Anonymous said...

i hope you are a writer in your profession, because you are truly talented. thank you for this inspiring and empowering message. it touched me and (seems to be) many others.

Anonymous said...

You ARE loved Laurel.

Anonymous said...

Your letter is something everyone should read. It is very far reaching and poignant. Thank you Laurel. I love you.

sadie may said...

you're such a passionate person. it shows in your dancing, singing, talking, writing and living. thank you for being such a great example to me.

tessa said...

wonderfully written. you're an artist. thank you for such powerful language. i can see how determined you are to get through anything and everything that may stand in your way on the path to greatness.

liesl said...

You give me hope too. I really hope I can be more like you when i grow up. :)

Anonymous said...

Laurel,
You HAVE taken this world by storm, and this inner beauty project (yours and all other letters) ARE helping to change lives for the better, you helped me, so I thank you.
-Heather

Anonymous said...

We do not get to pick the battles that we are presented in life,but what we do get to choose is how we handle it. You Laurel, have chose to handle your battles with confidence, beauty and humor, and that will you get you farther then most.

Anonymous said...

Hey! This letter is fantastic. It makes me wonder what kind of society we would have if all the women of the world wrote letters to themselves like this daily. You are making the world better, one woman at a time :)

Nick said...

I Cannot wait to see how your new chapter turns out, because I know that if you handle it with the bravery you have handled the last 28 years, you are going to be fantastic!

Rach said...

Laurel,

Its like I have always said... the most important thing you can do for yourself is to tell yourself everyday that you are incredibly good looking... and when you say it... mean it

robby said...

empowering? inspiring? beautiful? speechless?

YES, to all the above. It was perfect.

Anonymous said...

thank you. i vote LAUREL!

Anonymous said...

You are so beautiful Laurel, in so many ways. This letter was inspiring to read, thanks for sharing it with the world.

Molly said...

You are so creative and uplifting, you could be a public speaker... getting girls and young women to understand their own value and self-worth is intrinsic and has little/nothing to do with anything else. Great letter and point of view.

Anonymous said...

I just read about the prize package and am really excited for you to win it. I think it would be a great pick me up. You deserve to win Laurel, and I hope you do.

Anonymous said...

Laurel,

Where do I begin? I have known you for a long time and have admired you for being you. You are the most sincere, honest, REAL person I know. You don't let anyone get away with being anything less either. You hold yourself and the others around you accountable for the things they say and do. I would not be who I am today without you... Thank you. I love you.

jessie marie said...

true true true. now read this to yourself and BELIEVE IT. you are everything you wrote and MORE. we all love you. look at how many people have read and loved your letter. start fresh with this attitude always, and never doubt yourself.

katie s. said...

found this link on facebook from paul. although i just "met" you, i am very impressed with your letter. i hope you do what you said you would do in it, to look within yourself to feel all this love, even if the people in your life don't tell you so. they love you. i love you.

Daniel said...

Great letter. You have my vote for sure.

Anna said...

You have a brightness about you, both in your picture and your writing. I hope this did for you what it did for me. It was beautiful to read.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic letter. I am going to write one too.

PS. I love your earrings! Too cute!!

Anonymous said...

Remember this always. I know I will. I vote Laurel P.

Star said...

Amazing, as predicted. Jessie said you had this awesome letter to read. I love it. Thanks for sharing it and for being so amazing. This really is a good idea for everyone to tell themselves what they need to hear. Kudos.

Allen Warner said...

Courageous, and a leader. That's what you are. More women should stand up for themselves the way you just did. Good for you.

Lyla said...

I am only a friend from afar, but we have so much in common! It was crazy reading your letter and really internalizing so many things. You are gifted, and beautiful, and LOVED.

Anonymous said...

Laurel!!! You have this in the bag! Your letter is what every woman needs to hear. Good luck! :)

Anonymous said...

Hooray for self improvement and growth. :) Love your letter! :)

Anonymous said...

Hooray for self improvement and growth. :) Love your letter! :)

william said...

Beautiful.

oliver said...

stated beautifully. thank you.

elsie said...

I am impressed. Wonderful, inspiring, and lovely.

Anonymous said...

I believe it, and I know that you do too. Great letter.

Anonymous said...

Now you need to make your own blog and update us on your personal growth and goals... You already have so many interested readers.

your friends said...

sweet laurel. we all love you SO SO SO much.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!

Jessie Berg said...

Laurel,

What a good example of what women should be. You are so strong confident and courageous.

Jessie

Anonymous said...

YAY for you! Good job Laurel.

Anonymous said...

I love the "you give me hope" paragraph. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You've got this Laurel!!

Matix and Hawken said...

Love you auntie Laurel!!

Anonymous said...

you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy Laurel.

Anonymous said...

LAUREL!!! This is all for you!! Please send us all pictures of your pin-up shoot!

Iman Woods Creative said...

Laurel, this is poetry. Thank you so much for your lending your beautiful strength to this project.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

you rock Laurel. :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

oh laurel! i love you so much! i can vote as much as i want according to the rules... :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

laurel!!! you HAVE to win this! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

you deserve this. all women do, but you're the only one i know in this contest, so i hope it's you!! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

come on come on come on! you got this!! :)

Sue said...

Laurel, I wish I had the strength to write something like this and post it. I am inspired by your strength.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

laurel laurel, YES YOU CAN, if you can't do it, NO ONE CAN!

-i know, lame. i rhymed can with itself, but i really want you to win and it's almost bedtime here for me. :( darn the east coast! good luck! love you tons!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

hooray for you laurel!

Annabeth said...

I hope that this follows with a follow up post in the future. I cant wait to see how great your next chapter is!

Amanda said...

I remember in college when we had a conversation about what people view as beauty and how we view ourselves. I am glad to see, that not only do you still have the same view point, but it has gotten so much stronger!

Nathan said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have written my own letter now. HEY! Guys can have letters too! Thanks for your honesty!

Katie said...

For someone who has struggled their whole life with self esteem issues, I hope that one day I can be as happy with myself as you are :)And I have seen the new pics! You look fantastic!

Beth said...

If anyone deserves to win this award for true beauty it is you!

Izme said...

If the all the girls of this world had a mother that had the same values as you, women would grow up to be alot healthier and more confident!Great letter!

Julia said...

Laurel, I hope you meant all those beautiful things you said about yourself because I certainly do.

Tabitha said...

What a wonderful letter! And such an interesting idea to write a letter like this to yourself!Fantistic! I love it and you!

Kim said...

Laurel, I love your message. Very inspiring.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

Voting voting voting for you You YOU!!!

Kim said...

Great inspiration for us all, men and women alike!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

Hooray for Laurel!
Hooray for Laurel!
People in the crowd are shouting HOORAY FOR LAUREL...
1! 2! 3! 4!
Who you gonna cheer for?
LAUREL, that's who!! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

I love you I love you I love you Laurel. :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

Laurel!!! This contest is almost over and we don't yet know the winner, but I want you to know, you are worth it. You are beautiful, and perfect and lovely. You are strong and smart and courageous. I hope you win, but even if you don't, now you have this new found strength in yourself. :) I love you.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

LAUREL!!! I have to go to bed now, and I don't know what the totals are up to... AHHHHhhhhh! The anxiety! :) I love you SO SO much!

Kim said...

Great inspiration for us all, men and women alike!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

LauReL, I hOpE You WiN!!!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

sakina misses julian and i miss YOU!! can't wait to see you!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

Hope all these votes help! I didn't get the reminder link on my blog until just now, so hopefully i can catch a few readers who will be able to hop on over here and vote for you before it closes!! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

oh my goodness!!!! Laurel, I think I commented a million times already!!! But you are worth it. :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

okay... i am off to bed. i love you tons laurel and i wish you the best. in this project and everything. you are loved. :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

okay, 1 more for good measure. :) i vote for YOU miss Laurel. You are a rock star.

Max said...

So like laurel...awesome

Max said...

Not easy to be so open about yourself....It is your greatest strenght and most difficult asset

Deborah said...

I am not suprised with your candor and self exploration I have no doubt that you will lk back on your life someday and say " I am glad I was who I was"

mai said...

Your smile and your laugh brighten any room that you enter and your letter emcompased all that you are. Beautifully written! You will go far in life...

Stephanie said...

Found out about your blog through my niece Jessie. Great letter. I wish all women were able to talk to themselves this way! Very inspiring!

mai said...

Beautiful letter! Your smile and laugh brighten any room you enter and this letter encompases all that you are. You will go far in life...

Tabitha said...

Beautiful letter! I am so impressed!

Izme said...

I wanted to be your last comment before the competetion ends! Good luck! You desereve it!

Julia said...

I have read some of the other womens letters as well. You all inspire me.

Katie said...

Saw how many comments you have! Thats awesome. Just think how many people have read and not even commented as well. Your words are going to reach farther then you will ever see

Beth said...

You are so wonderful. And I am glad to see you have so much support from your friends, family, and even strangers!

Nikki said...

Great blog, I hope you win the contest!

Nathan said...

I just wanted to let you know that you have always been beautiful to me and this just enhances it!

Travis, Shantell, and Family said...

I love how you wrote a letter about all the things you love about yourself! Us Women (not all but most) are So HARD on ourselves and for some reason we feel like we need to be perfection! We are all prefect in our own Corky way. Sometimes I think we just need to be reminded. I hope you hang this on your mirror so when you see it every morning you remember how unique and special you are!!

Emily said...

What a wonderful idea to write such a letter! Love it and love your letter!!!

Amanda said...

I had a friend that did something like this everyday and it helped her change the way she felt about herself. I hope it can do the same for you.

Annabeth said...

This letter gives me such hope. I hope that I can believe in myself the way you believe in yourself.

Sue said...

Anyone that can write something this beautiful deserves a photo shoot showing their outer beauty as well. Good luck! I love ya!!!

Star said...

I love how powerful your use of words are! How inspiring!

Star said...

I only "know you" through Jessie, but you seem to be such an amazing person!

Ashley said...

Laurel you are so strong and this is such an amazing message. Keep thinking these inspiring thoughts and you'll make it through anything.

Ashley said...

Laurel you are so strong and this is such an amazing message. Keep thinking inspiring thoughts and you'll make it through anything!

cfferraz said...

I loved it!

cfferraz said...

LOVES IT :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

okay... i guess there is one more day!!! so look forward to a whole day of voting from me!!!!!!!! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

laurel, i vote for you AGAIN!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

great letter, great girl, i hope you win!

Amanda said...

You are such an amazing person. Your strength is amazing and inspiring and you encourage me to try harder. Good luck to you!

onestrongmama said...

YEAH! you are so great Laurel. You have this in the bag.

Anonymous said...

this is great. you are great!! i'm so glad to know you and have fun with you. you really do make the world a brighter place. <3

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are amazing!

Anonymous said...

i vote laurel.

Anonymous said...

i vote for LAUREL... YAY!!!

Tracy Cochran said...

Laurel Rocks

Tracy Cochran said...

Laurel needs to win.

Tracy Cochran said...

Do you know who's going to win? Laurel!!!

Tracy Cochran said...

vote Laurel

amy said...

laurel!!! i vote for you!!! :)

Tracy Cochran said...

one more vote for Laurel

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

love you laurel!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

hooray!!!

Anonymous said...

you got this babe!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

i vote laurel yes i do i vote laurel how about YOU!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

another vote for you FRIEND!!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

i vote laurel!!! hooray for you!!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

another vote for YOU!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

love you love you love you laurel!

onestrongmama said...

let the voting begin!!!

onestrongmama said...

votes for you ONLY laurel!!!

onestrongmama said...

you got this laurel!!!

onestrongmama said...

laurel you got this!!!!

onestrongmama said...

laurel!!!! i vote for YOU!!!!

lacey mae said...

a vote for you laurel. hope you win!

onestrongmama said...

loves to you laurel. great letter.

Anonymous said...

LAUREL!!! i vote for you

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

i love you laurel, and i hope you win!!!!!!!! i am voting in between naps and meal times... bed time is coming up for the boys an THEN i can really get on this!!! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

another vote for YOU!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

and another and another and another!! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

:) you make me smile.

kayleen said...

one vote for laurel

katie s. said...

saw this on facebook via paul, good luck. you have my vote(s), i will vote again later. :)

Anonymous said...

another vote for you ms. laurel. :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

laurel, you can really win this thing. i hope you do. you deserve it.

willow said...

love to you laurel p. i vote for you.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

ahhhhhh!!!! laurel! i hope you win this!!! :)

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

love you SO SO much.

onestrongmama said...

another vote for you laurel. :)

onestrongmama said...

and another. :)

onestrongmama said...

and, how's about one more?!!! :)

sadie may said...

hooray!! i voted earlier in this earlier. glad to hear we can post as many as we want!! :)

Anonymous said...

love you laurel

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

paul is doing bath time, so i have another minute or two to post. :) i vote you laurel!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

paul is faster than i thought and the boys are almost done, yikes!! you will have to wait for more posts until later.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

love you laurel.

Anonymous said...

vote for you laurel

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

i love you beautiful girl!!

Anonymous said...

we all vote for YOU laurel!

Kim (Jessie's Mom) said...

Laurel,
What a great letter. Very moving. Very insightful. Very touching.

daniel said...

another vote for laurel p... we'll keep them comin!

pinkie pie said...

i vote laurel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

i vote LAUREL!!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

LAUREL LAUREL LAUREL all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

you're so great laurel, if anyone deserves this, you do, really.

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

laurel, you rock. this contest is all for YOU!

Paul Jessie and the Boys said...

you're my favorite roomie ever. :)

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