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In quick succession, I had a miscarriage, my marriage broke down, I parted company with a tough employer, leaving a very senior position, and I lost my beloved father. This prompted me to do a lot of soul-searching to find things in life that I was passionate about, rather than what people expected of me. I ran away to Australia and checked myself into therapy and took a long hard look at myself.
Through this process, I reflected that I had really enjoyed writing stories as a kid, I had studied literature at Fuck local sluts in tyle garw but never given myself permission to define myself as a 'writer'. I was too scared of failing to even try. Bruised but free, Ugly women nude gifs returned from Australia and relocated to France. I started a relationship with a partner who was actually kind to me, and took my first steps on a new career path, writing for a well known blog.
It was a risk, but it felt worth it. I began blogging about my life as a 'Britchick' in Paris. This evolved into a more personal blog about how I felt. Every time something touched me I needed to publish it. I wrote about my miscarriage as it happened, about grief after losing a parent and then when I wasn't looking for it, on a sunny day in Deauville, my writing mission stared me in the face. There at a next door table was a little girl, of around 10, who looked exactly Harley singles dating I did at her age.
Emotionally, it was like a thunder bolt and I immediately burst into tears. Her apparent awkwardness really touched me and brought those buried emotions to the fore. Initially, I thought it might be a blog post, but I just didn't stop writing. And by the end ofI had completed a trilogy of books. I drew on my own experiences to create the miserable and isolated world Libby in the book experiences at school. Except in this story she is like me by day and by night she escapes in her pyjamas to a magic school called Oddbods.
At Oddbods, there are self-esteem classes in the hall of mirrors and 'freakography' lessons involving time travel to transport pupils to explore the weirdest and most wonderful aspects of the natural world. Oddbods is a safe haven for them that accepts all and judges no one. Instead they are encouraged to nurture their passions and talents, whether it be creativity, bravery, kindness or wisdom. For self esteem comes from a sense of achievement, from doing what you love.
Force for good I know a trilogy of books can't cure a pandemic that makes 75 per cent of girls have something bad to say about their looks. In a world where young people are increasingly saturated with images of unrealistically 'perfect' girls who have been airbrushed and Photoshopped, with half saying they'd like to look more like the pictures of girls and women they see in the mediaaccording to a recent Girl Guides survey, it's clear we have an uphill struggle ahead in terms of trying to help girls value themselves for their achievements, not looks.
My journey as an author has resulted in a more fulfilling vocation than I could ever have imagined. I have linked with like-minded people and organisations and become involved in discussion forums, workshops and research panels, all looking at ways to address the issues of low self-esteem in young women. Low self-esteem is a major cause of eating disordersdepression, anxiety and addictions. It is one of the greatest threats to a person's well-being and a major inhibitor to a successful and fulfilling life.
And awareness of this issue is increasing every day. Along my journey, I have learned that if you're not being true to your innermost desires then it is hard to have the courage of your convictions. I have learned to thank all the bad experiences for they weren't failures — they were stepping stones to getting happy. She had never spoken to anyone before and was ready to unravel the mess inside her. And it made me realise that it is never too late to become the person you want to be.
You're not just enough, you're more than enough. You are braver, smarter, stronger than you will ever know. Elizabeth Kesses was born in Athens, studied at Oxford, did marketing, then found writing. She's just completed the trilogy The Ugly Little Girl. She can be found tweeting britchickparis.