Series Introduction: Identity

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BY: NIKKI MICHELLE CHARNSTROM

How many times have you found yourself lost in a search for who you are? Or, in the middle of a trying season, you look in the mirror and hardly recognize yourself? I think we’ve all been in and out of the “Who am I?” phases of life. This world is constantly trying to knock us down and wreck our spirits. It’s in those moments of barely hanging on, we can feel so far away from our true selves. 

When we talk about identity, we either feel confident and empowered or uncertain and fearful. Feeling good in our own skin makes us brave, while not knowing who we are scares the heck out of us. Maybe, for some of us, we are lingering in the space between.

I’m here to tell you, no matter where you stand in your identity, your worth never wavers. You are forever priceless and royal in your own right. You could be fighting the identity war, but you’ve already won when it comes to your value. Why? Because even though you’re still figuring yourself out, there will never be another soul out there like you. You are one in a million, baby. In the words of Taylor Swift, “You’re the only one of you.”

My writers and I can’t say we know exactly who we are, but we can be honest with you. Yay for authenticity! For the month of May, Crowned Chics will become a very real space of vulnerability and acceptance on the topic of “Identity.” We invite you to join us as we pioneer our way through self-discovery and share the experiences that have made us who we are today. 

Don’t let the word “identity” scare you. Finding yourself should be a journey of excitement. After all, growth is the only way to a fulfilling, purpose-driven life. 

Nikki is the owner and founder of Crowned Chics. She lives in the warm desert of Phoenix, Arizona with her beloved family. If she's not ferociously clanking away on her typewriter, she's behind the camera capturing moments for her business Charnstrom Captures Photography.