My ultimate goal has never centered on losing those 5 extra pounds, being the fittest person in the room, or being incredibly toned everywhere; however, my ultimate goal has been about liberating myself and finding inner peace. I tried my best to eliminate toxic feelings, people, elements and energies from my life and it was almost as if a rebirth had occurred. In some ways, I had to go back to the school of life and unlearn stereotypical thought patterns and get rid of harmful, negative practices. I had to create a space for myself that welcomed my soul and nurtured my growth. I had to reinvent my spirit and balance my energies to accommodate my new hopes and dreams. Quickly, I found myself generating an incredible amount of love, which was distributed to others and myself unconsciously. I finally came to the conclusion that I deserve to live a life I'm proud of and anyone reading this does too.