Series Introduction: Vulnerability

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BY: NIKKI MICHELLE CHARNSTROM

Therapists have been stereotyped for years. The media often portrays them as inconsiderate, nosey, pretentious moneymakers with stiff couches and even more uncomfortable questions. This illusion convinces us that if we are to even think about seeing a therapist, you should think again. I believe there is this misconception that seeking counseling is taboo, and when the words, “My therapist says…” spill from someone’s mouth, judgment is there, trailing closely behind.

I’m here to tell you, seeking help from a therapist is one of the best decisions you could ever make. I won’t lie, it may be a bit awkward at first, but once you push through those first few sessions, you will begin to see and feel real results. Vulnerability makes us better people. Opening up about our trauma, our shame, our struggles and fears is how we overcome them. 

In order to live in true peace and joy, we first must wake up those areas we try to numb. When we give ourselves the grace to live authentically, those spaces in our hearts where it hurts will be filled with love and compassion—from others, but most importantly, from ourselves. 

Before we embark on a journey to becoming more vulnerable, we must first believe three things:

  1. I am worthy of love.

  2. I am worthy of connection.

  3. I am enough.

The cost of vulnerability is rejection. But, girl… if you find the courage to open up to someone and they disrespect your boldness by inflicting shame, they are not worthy of you. Surround yourself with people in your life who are going to applaud your authentic moments and support you on your hardest days. 

Join us this month as we dive into those hard-to-talk-about things—because here at Crowned Chics, we strive to be real with you. Not for our own benefit, but to remind you that you are not the only one. We are always in your corner, sister. Promise. 

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.