Unapologetically Me: It takes a Village

We all need a safe space. We all need a village. A place where we can be ourselves without judgment; where we feel loved and supported. We all need freedom and fulfillment.

A village is a close group of people who we feel connected to and love in our lives. The village can be our family, friends, or even a group of people online who share similar values. Having a village is important because it allows us to feel seen, heard and loved. It gives us a sense of belonging. It gives us a sense of safety.

When we don’t have a village, we can feel isolated and alone. We can feel like we’re the only ones going through whatever it is we’re going through. This can lead to feeling lost, hopeless and depressed. That’s why it’s so important to find our village – the people who understand us and can offer us the support we need. To find a safe space where we can be ourselves without judgment.

As we are approaching another holiday season, I encourage you to take a step back and reflect on all of your relationships. Who in your life makes you feel seen, heard and loved? Who do you turn to when you need support? Who makes you feel like you belong? These are the people who are part of your village. These are the people who matter.

If you don’t have a village, it’s never too late to find one. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. People who will celebrate your successes with you and help you through your failures. People who will be honest with you and give you constructive criticism. People who will challenge you to be the best version of yourself.

No matter where you are in your journey, know that you are not alone. There is a village out there waiting for you. Waiting to love and support you. So go find them. Life is too short to spend time with people who don’t make us feel good about ourselves. We deserve to be surrounded by people who love us unconditionally and support our dreams.

I’m thankful for my amazing village. They have supported me through some of the darkest times in my life and they have celebrated with me during my happiest moments. My village has taught me the importance of self-love and self-care. They have shown me that I am not alone in this world and that I am loved.

Without self-love, we cannot truly love others. When we love ourselves, we are more likely to treat others with kindness and respect. We are also more likely to take care of ourselves and our needs. Without their support, I would not be where I am today.

As my village has grown, I’ve been able to accomplish things I never thought possible. I am more confident and thriving. I know my worth and I refuse to settle for anything less than I deserve. I am living my best life and I owe it all to the people in my village.

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle culture and forget to connect with our village. We get so wrapped up in our jobs, our families and our everyday responsibilities that we forget to take time for ourselves. We forget to nurture our relationships.

I challenge you to reach out to your village after your reflection. Spend time with the people who make you feel good about yourself. Let them know how much they mean to you. Make time for self-care and self-love. Explore what freedom and fulfillment look like to you – and most importantly, live your best life.

When we live life more intentionally, we recognize the importance of a village. We realize that we need people in our lives who will love and support us unconditionally. We realize that self-love is the foundation of a happy and fulfilled life. The world is a better place when we all work together to lift each other up. Let’s build each other up and create a village that we can all be proud of.

So, how do you create your village? It starts with being unapologetically yourself. It’s about being honest about who you are and what you want in life. It’s about setting boundaries and saying no to things that don’t align with your values. It’s about being vulnerable and allowing yourself to be seen.

When you’re unapologetically yourself, it’s easy to attract the right people into your life. The people who will love and support you unconditionally. The people who will help you grow and thrive.

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the things that matter most to us. It’s a time to be grateful for the people in our lives. So, take a moment to reach out to your village and let them know how much they mean to you. Let’s create a world where we all feel supported and loved. A world where we can all be our best selves. A world of freedom and fulfillment without apology.

Happy holidays! May your days be filled with love, light and happiness. I love you!

Bianca Goolsby, MBA is a digital strategist and activist who partners with mission-driven organizations to increase their impact through innovative and effective online communications. She also empowers and equips families to curate safe social spaces for themselves and their children.

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