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  • Writer's pictureBrianna


Do you have a mantra? In all honesty, I never "believed" in them. I believe in the power of prayer. I love reflecting on quotes...but a mantra? Just didn't seem like it was for me. But, one day, I got buried in the world of TikTok and landed on the side of TikTok mantras. Here's a famous one that I can almost guarantee you will be singing by the end of it:

"I am healthy. I am wealthy. I am rich. I am that..." Well you know the rest.(;

I was struggling one day and I couldn't find a quote that I resonated with. I decided to build my own mantra and let me tell you...LIFE CHANGING!

I have done the impossible.

I have. Or at least I feel like I have and that's what counts, right? I dug my way out of a toxic relationship. D.U.G. I used a shovel. I used my hands. I jumped and I crawled. I got out! I never thought I could do it, but here I am to say otherwise. I DID the impossible, which means I can DO the impossible.

I am strong. I am brave.

I stand 5 feet tall on a good day...but I am strong. I am the first generation of my Hispanic family to attend and graduate from a university. I am also the only one who is pursuing a master's degree. I am paving this road for my son and future children. My parents instilled in me that hard work will get you far in life, but college was a realm neither one had been exposed to. As proud as they are of me, they remind me often that I did this on my own. I am brave because I chose a road never traveled and am somehow successfully navigating it.

I can do hard things.

My son lost his dad when he was five years old. Five. I was 25 at the time and my world was shattered. I wallowed in the sadness for days. One morning I woke up and looked at the innocence in my son and thought, "He's here. He's living. He's breathing. I am blessed." We have hard days often, but we are so blessed with the life God still continues to provide for us. Every day I do hard things. Every day I am a better person because of it.

My why...Reegan.

My son is my whole world. I know people say this often, but I don't know what my life would look like had God not sent him to me. I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant and raising another human seemed impossible. Remember what I said about the impossible? Anyways, he has always and will always be my why. I left a toxic relationship because Reegan deserved to see me live a better life. I obtained my bachelors degree because Reegan didn't deserve to be a statistic. I moved and uprooted our life because Reegan deserves a stable environment. I am continuing my education because Reegan deserves a role model he can look up to and be proud of. He truly is my why.

Now...tell me your mantra.

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