This is the MOST IMPORTANT step in your process!!!
It's WONDERFUL that you're seeing this new light!
We ALL have pasts. We ALL have had hardships, and we've ALL had them for a REASON! To DEAL with them, to LEARN from them, to GROW from them, and TO MOVE ON!!!
Owning YOUR past is the most important step! And having the confidence that YOU can work through them.
Another important step in this process is TO BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF!!! Bc you've had these hardships for a reason. They were GIVEN to you. And if, looking back, you feel "bad" about decisions you've made, or the situations themselves, STOP!!! We can not change the past. What you've been through and how you've coped with them were PERFECT FOR YOU at the time you dealt with them.
You're changing, and growing on a deeper/higher level. What was once PERFECT for you isn't anymore. THAT'S OKAY!! That's the process of LIFE!!!
Shannon, we're ALL here for you for encouragement, or to listen to you vent or release!!!
Just STAY CONFIDENT in your abilities. It's a long path to spiritual freedom. FOLLOW IT NO MATTER HOW ROCKY!!!
The person you will Ultimately become will make you happy!! (but you should start with being happy with the person you are, now, too!!!)
Isn't it AWESOME to "wake up", as I call it?? It's refreshing to see things in a way you weren't ready to before...
Ahhhh, life IS grande!!!