Breanna Edwards is from Detroit, MI. She graduated from Grand Valley State with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health and Fitness. During her work at a Private Fitness Facility and blogging, I found time to talk to her about her self-love journey. She credits her healing to her writing.
I’m writing myself to freedom because writing helps me with healing through situations life wasn’t so nice about. The power of writing it down helped me with my healing and creative process, and I encourage others to do the same.
Here’s her story:
Bre, can you tell us about your journey to self –love?
Whew, it has definitely been a journey! When I was younger, people teased me. I have more body hair than they say a woman should and muscular “toned” arms that made people call me a man. And I always had problems with my teeth due to the lack of enamel since birth.All of these things I couldn’t control nor have money to “fix”. However, those things only scratched the surface of my lack of self-love and self-confidence. Self-love did not become important to me until senior year of college after a relationship left me exhausted. This relationship made me re-evaluate how I viewed myself and came to realize how much self-love I actually lacked.
The concept of self-love didn’t click until I started questioning life’s meaning and ultimately coming to terms that this “outer shell” is not me! I am the soul and the spirit that lives within that shines through my personality.
How much hair I have on my body, how muscular my arms are, and how my teeth look doesn’t matter. What really matters is how I treat people and myself! Those are things that matter. Self-love for me is not a destination, it is a continuous journey that I practice every day. The journey is not easy but it becomes easier once you stop caring what the next person says.
There’s a growing movement for self-empowerment since we began talking about healing from past trauma and taking care of ourselves. How have you contributed to the movement?
Healing in any capacity and helping others learn the importance of it is very important to me. I have contributed by sharing parts of my past to inspire others to do the same. I want women to know that they’re not alone in situations nor the healing process.
What are 3 self-care habits that you immerse yourself in?
Journaling. Working out. Listening to affirmations music.
I journal about almost everything. Journaling is my meditation. I strongly believe health = wealth. Some of my favorites podcasts and affirmation music are Londrelle affirmations tracks, Shelah Marie’s mediation mixtape, and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday podcast.
Do you believe the type of work that we do is also a part of self-love, self-empowerment?
Yes, yes, yes! I believe that if you work a job you absolutely hate not only can it be detrimental to your health but also plays a role in self-love.
Self-love is about giving yourself everything you KNOW you deserve! Your job is included in that.
I’ve read some of your posts, your blog shows a lot of vulnerability and rawness of who you are. Have you always been vulnerable? How has becoming vulnerable changed your life and the people around you?
I have not always been vulnerable except when it came to journaling. Vulnerability, to me, was a sign of weakness. It was a constant struggle between me, others, and vulnerability in general. But, I own vulnerability now and it has changed my life for the better. I see vulnerability as courageous and one of the essential pieces in the human experience. It has help others around me with their vulnerability and feeling comfortable with being vulnerable with me. I say, own your vulnerability and speak your truth!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to be vulnerable,but are afraid to be vulnerable?
This was me for the longest. As I mentioned above, I was only vulnerable in my notebook, that way no one could judge me. My advice is: LET GO! Seriously, anything that you cannot control, let go! Speak your truth and don’t give a damn what anyone else has to say about it. Be who you are! I once wrote in a post, “you can’t be vulnerable and afraid at the same time.”
Vulnerability takes courage and bravery to be able to express what you need to. It may take a while to get comfortable but with practice, vulnerability will become second nature.
Twitter or Instagram: Twitter
Blog or Podcast: Blog
Favorite Disney Movie: Lion King
Love Language: Words of Affirmation
Nicki or Cardi: Cardi
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