Letters to a young woman



Dear courageous girl,

You are amazing.

Can you see your own light? Are you aware of your own brilliance? Can you see the beauty you create, just by being you?

How about your place in the world, can you see how large it is? How important you are?

Didn’t think so.

Let me tell you something.

You have powers that no one else has. You are a wonderful collection of magical, polished and raw talents. You know things that no one else knows. You are good at things that no one does better than you.

You are beautiful. Your curves are one of a kind. Your angled nose makes you recognizable from far away. Your freckles are constellations that not even the sky can match. Your sweet awkwardness makes you luxurious, invaluable.

You are special. The way you laugh and cry in a single sound. The way you get so angry you could explode. The way you share your attention, your concern for all living things. The way you’re fuming when you’re frustrated. I could rant and chat, gossip and laugh with you for hours on end. Your company is one of a kind.

Your smile. Sheesh, I don’t even have words. It lights up the world.

The way you care about the people around you, in your own way, makes a difference in people’s lives. The way your love surges and flows, in mysterious ways sometimes, is what holds the world together. Your place in people’s lives is more significant that you can possibly comprehend.

Your excitement is like fuel to the world’s engine. When you’re excited, your energy is contageous. It makes you glow like a lighthouse on a stormy night. When you do your thing, your light is guiding my way.

You hold your own special kind of intelligence. You have unique wisdom that goes far into the future. You don’t have to compare yourself to anyone, because no one is in the same league as you. All people are different, and your magnificence is like a secret language. Your life story is like a vintage edition of my favourite book, found in a dusty second-hand bookstore. Your life story is a work of art.

Even when you are in the midst of great darkness, you have the power to lead and shepherd the people around you. Even though you are blinded by your own greatness, you are the most valuable person in your own life, and in mine.

Even when you are alone, and can not see your own place in the world, you hold dear a place in mine. Even when you give up hope, I will never give up on you. Even when you have mascara down your cheeks, dark circles under your eyes, you are beautiful. Even when you feel like you fail, over and over again, you have already succeded. There’s nothing else you need to do. I am proud of you.

The beautiful truth is that you don’t have to do anything differently. Please don’t try to change who you are. Just being alive, just being you, getting up in the morning, doing what you love – all you have to do is breathe. Because your breath is life. Your life is important. You can not be replaced.

Thank you for being you. Thank you for your abundance and your grace.

To all my girlfriends, fellow woman,

I love you.





{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Amelia February 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

This has been an amazing read – thank you for sharing.


Marthe February 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Glad you liked it:)


Jana February 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

That made me smile this morning, thanks so much equally inspiring girl! Thank you! xoxo


Marthe February 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thank you.


Shawn February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Beautiful!!! I just love this.


Marthe February 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Thank you! Glad you like it, hope you’re inspired:)


Myesha February 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I’m definitely inspired! :)


Marthe February 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

That’s great! I’m so happy! :)


Rebecca February 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Wowzers. I see people comment on blog posts all the time, saying the writing brought tears to their eyes. And I think, yeah. Ok. But seriously, my eyes are glistening here. That was stunning. I really took it to heart. Thank you for the beautiful reminder.


Marthe February 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thank you so much <3 I'm so glad to took it to heart, you're such a treasure, Rebecca!


Claire February 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

Wow! This is truly beautiful x


Marthe February 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thank you <3


Ami February 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Thank you. :) I needed to read this.


Marthe March 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

You’re welcome <3


Darala February 27, 2012 at 5:16 am

wow, this was sooo perfect and timely…Thank you SO MUCh FOR WRITING IT!
Much love!


Marthe March 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thank you so much<3


Debbie March 2, 2012 at 3:55 am

Beautiful, and LOVE shines through!!


Marthe March 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thank you!


Marion March 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

<3 <3 <3 Vakkert <3 <3 <3 Du løftet hele dagen min!Ble så glad og rørt!Har delt bloggen din på face.Tror mange trenger å høre deg!Jeg er utrolig stolt og takknemmlig for å ha blitt kjent med deg og for få lese bloggen din framover!Keep on shining <3 <3 <3 Takk.KLem Marion


Marthe March 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Tusen takk, Marion <3


LE March 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ R.W. Emerson


A March 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

this just brought tears to my eyes. i just finished journaling about how broken-hearted and worthless i feel. this was just what i needed to read to remember my worth. thank you, a thousand times, thank you


Patricia April 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

It made me teary-eyed. Amazing.


elizabeth maharati April 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

What wonderful words put together, so not a coincidence for me to read this delightful letter. I shall print it and hang them on my desk. Thank you for sharing this true, powerful words. I am blessed.


Teneil September 19, 2012 at 4:56 am

This is amazing, it brings tears to my eyes and leaves me speechless. Thank you for being so inspiring and a guiding light.


Emily October 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm



Nena December 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I just stumbled upon this when looking at your past posts…this made me cry…in a realllllyyyy reallyyy good way. We need to remind ourselves of this everyday as women. Thank you for reminding me how special I am. :) You are always an inspiration in my life.


Alexandra November 8, 2013 at 1:37 am

I am in love with this. I discovered your blog about a month ago and it has been a huge blessing. Thank you :)


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Karan January 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

It has been amazingly written, the words the comparisons and its truly expresses the feeling in you. Thank you for sharing. Its truly lovely…


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