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Jessica Jensen

Jessica Jensen was born in Wyoming and grew additional roots in Michigan and Oklahoma. She is a social worker ...

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There is a deep calling to self-love within each of us, if only we would get quiet enough to listen, patient enough to try, and enduring enough to persevere.

You are a giver, receiver, a dreamer, and a doer. You are an athlete, a thinker, an encourager, a creator. You are as bright as the sun and you are so much more than the simplicity of your outward appearance.

Maybe you care about what other people think about you, and maybe you don’t. Either way, I hope you care about the way you perceive yourself.

I hope you aren’t held back because of a number. And that you don’t rush into things because it feels like time is slipping by. I hope you do what’s right for you. Hold on. Slow down. And breathe in. Your age is your age. But more importantly, your life is your life.