Growing up I was the victim of bullies in school because of my weight. Kids called me weird because I was quiet, and didn’t stand up for myself. When I finally got the courage to stand up for myself, it caused even more problems. Most of all, it caused me a lot of pain. The emotional scars left me unable to express how I was feeling. I’d always brush my feelings aside, and tell myself “It’s okay”, and then continue with my life.
I was that girl who did everything to fit it in . I was the girl who never had friends , never got invited to parties, sat alone at lunch, I was always the target of someone else’s hate. I couldn’t accept that existence any longer. I gave up. I began to wear clothes that were revealing to get guys to like me, or to be like the other girls so I could fit in. It was so hard for me to set boundaries and say “ No.” The change gained me friends …friends that misused me in so many ways .
Their were some people in my life, who never gave up one me, despite my self-destructive behavior. Like my grandparents, and especially my dad. He encouraged me to begin to express myself using writing. I joined his Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program, and was paired with a mentor. I couldn’t believe how much writing helped me to identify what I was feeling and my thinking errors. The problem was me. I had to change the way I saw myself.
Today, I am an avid supporter of Writing for the Soul Workshop™, and my story is published in Stories of Hope. My story is resonating with teens. Teens who are hurting in silence like I used to. I want EVERYONE TO KNOW that it is ok to be different, to stand out …to be weird. If your still hurting, allow JAIA Apparel to help you express yourself. Contact me today, so I can began creating custom apparel that shows the world what you stand for. Apparel that gives YOU a voice.
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JAIA Apparel was created for those having a hard time loving themselves. I want individuals wearing my apparel to feel comfortable in their own skin and 100% confident. My apparel focuses on two important things self love and mental health.
• 100% fine jersey cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.3 oz/y² (146 g/m²)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Made in the USA