Dear Determined Girl,

This is YOUR LIFE, and that means you are responsible for your decisions, right? You are the one who has to live with them, work with them, and build a future with them.

But oftentimes, others seem to think they know what is best for us. Even more confusing is that in the same day, we can get a BUNCH of messages that totally conflict each other.

Then the media chimes in with messages about what makes us valuable, and what we should think is valuable in other people . . . about what we should be doing with our lives, or what we should be spending money on, or what we should like.

The messages are often conflicting, confusing, frustrating, and they can make us feel small and inadequate. Sometimes we feel so confused that we are just paralyzed and instead of making decisions, we just stop doing anything at all.

Friend, the ONLY way to get to the truth is to listen to your heart, to pay very close attention to your gut. When something is right and true, we feel peaceful.

Things that are right and true are not always the answers we are hoping for, and they are not always the easiest answers. But they always, always, always bring us to a place of peace.

Be brave enough to choose the path that is best for YOU no matter what those outside opinions are. You will know what is right for you.

You can do it.

You are so loved.