What It Means to Truly Own Your Story and Live It Out Loud
Written By Founder Kayla Hollatz
I’ve always looked at my life as a story.
Maybe it’s the writer in me or maybe it’s my tendency to try and make sense of what’s happened by accepting that the reasoning behind it all is still being written.
Recently I shared my full story, my true testimony with eight beautiful friends by the lakeside last weekend. Every milestone moment of my life had come pouring out with periods of laughter, tears, and a mixture of both.
I woke up the next day feeling almost lighter. It sounds cheesy to say a weight had been lifted from me but maybe we hear that phrase all the time because it’s true.
Owning your story isn’t easy but it’s crucial, not only in our personal growth but in deeply connecting with our community. It takes guts, vulnerability, and a whole lot of here-goes-nothing chants but when you get there, it feels like magic.
So what does it look like to own your story?
Sometimes it means sharing the not-so-pretty parts to remind others (and yourself) that you’re human too.
Sometimes it’s fighting the urge to scribble out a sentence that hurts when you write it down on paper.
Sometimes it’s reminding yourself that where you’ve been is not where you’re going and you have the power to change your direction at any moment.
No matter how much we may try to run away from it, it’s true that we are all a work-in-progress. The great news is that we don’t have to be alone in this. Actually, we shouldn’t be.
I urge you to lean into your community this week, both online and locally, and share your story. Whether it’s your full testimony or a single experience, open up. By sharing your story, you will encourage others to do the same.
I’m proud of you for stepping out, showing up, and owning your story. You inspire me greatly and I can’t wait to hear what happens next.
KAYLA HOLLATZ, FOUNDER OF #CREATELOUNGE
Kayla Hollatz is a copywriter and social media strategist by trade and a community builder, poet, and storyteller by heart. She founded #createlounge, the first ever Twitter chat for creative bloggers and entrepreneurs, and has grown it into an online movement. She can frequently be found fighting Minnesota winters with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.