“Please remember that you are the perfect one, that you deserve to be treated with respect, love, and admiration.”

-Mingjie Zhai


Fiction. Based on a True Emotion



This journal entry is inspired by true events. Some of the characters, names, businesses, incidents, and certain locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.

Trigger Warning: our program often motivates people to discuss their trauma. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, please, take a step back to address emotional flashbacks and trauma before continuing to push yourself. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline at (1-800) 273-8255.


The more you think, the more knowledge you are armed with

The more you think, the less your arms are open to yourself 

Knowledge and awareness are there to help, not to sideline

Then you are left on the sidelines thinking about who you are and what you do

You deserve to give yourself the grace to experience and play and practice

Put the knowledge into effect, don’t let it affect how you feel about yourself

Let go, without letting go of yourself

Every piece, from the jagged to the refined, is there to define you along the way

The pieces deserve to be intact, they make you whole

You may discard them in jest or intent, but you can pickup the pieces

They are you and you are them, but also so much more

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