The Love Your Natural Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, encourages self-love and empowers people to celebrate who they are by promoting positive internal dialogue, mental wellness, and self-care.
Imagine waking up in the seventh grade to find all of your hair on your pillow. You feel lost, alone, and afraid. You soon get diagnosed with a condition called Alopecia Universalis, and your life is changed forever.
This was my reality. With every strand of hair, I lost a bit of my confidence, until I was left with nothing. I felt completely empty on the inside. I couldn’t even look in the mirror.
The bullying I faced was endless- I received everything from gum in my wig to a mean note in my locker titled “50 Ways to Go Kill Yourself,” to a Facebook page created to make fun of me. However, I noticed something: People said mean things to me, but the things I said to myself were much worse.
I knew something had to change. Just like I taught myself to hate who I am, I had to teach myself to love who I am. I worked to slowly change the language in my head.
It started with simple things; when I woke up and looked in the mirror, instead of saying “you are ugly,” I had to say “you are beautiful,” even though I didn’t believe it at the time.
Eventually, I found the courage to go without my wig. For the first time, I felt free. In August of 2011, I developed the concept of The Love Your Natural Self Foundation. I wanted others to find the same freedom I found.
I made an organization to change the lives of others, but everyday more and more, it changes my life. I am grateful for the work I do, and hope to create a world with more self love and self-acceptance.
Founder and CEO
Love Your Natural Self Foundation
It often takes a lot of courage to be who you are and share that with others.
It is important to have compassion both towards yourself and towards the people around you.
There is so much power that can be found by sharing your story.
Develop positive internal dialogue, especially when times get tough.
Practice self-care, have healthy coping strategies, and focus on mental wellness.
After practicing self-acceptance, work to be open-minded towards others.