Singer, songwriter Sara Westbrook describes her journey and struggle for self acceptance which she now shares with youth and adults alike through words and music.
There is so much pressure today to look a certain way, to be a certain way. We are constantly at war with ourselves. We want to look like her/him. We want to be like her/him. If only we did, then life would be great.
We want to be confident, to love ourselves, to enjoy our life, to find that dream job or relationship…but how? It is not that we lack the motivation to achieve theses things, it is that often we lack the tools to accomplish all these wants. Without the knowledge of these simple, valuable tools, it is easy to allow our determination to turn into frustration. Most times the knowledge of how to love ourselves and pursue our dreams eludes us.Wouldn’t it be nice to clean up the clutter in our brains, to say goodbye to the overbearing chatter in our mind telling us we are not lovable, we can’t achieve our dreams?
I struggled for a long time learning to love myself. I wanted thinner legs, bigger boobs, to be less sensitive. I struggled with people saying things behind my back. I was constantly judging myself inside & out. I could hardly enjoy my day with all these negative thoughts going through my head. I was missing out on the things that were really important…like family/friends who loved me unconditionally. Even when I got compliments I could not hear them because I was so consumed with my own loveless thoughts.
One day when I was a teenager complaining about my legs my Mum said, “ Cut them off then you won’t have to look at them anymore.” “Cut my legs off. That’s ridiculous. I won’t be able to walk, run, wear my favorite boots, paint my toes.”
Then it hit me…I didn’t love myself. I wasn’t loving or grateful for what I had. I did not want to live in that dark place of self rejection. Slowly I began to realize that I was wasting so much time and energy criticizing myself that I was missing out on so much beauty in the world…mine included.
One of the gifts from loving myself was relying on me more. I slowly stopped worrying what others thought of me. I did not make decisions based on what others thought or react to other people’s opinions. It still bothers me but only for a short time because I know who I am and what I stand for.
The time has come for us to love, accept, and appreciate who we are and to use our
uniqueness to make a difference in our own life and the lives of others.
Using music and words I will provide the hows by sharing my experiences and the tools that have helped me on my journey.
Each week I will use a lyric/lyrics from one of my songs that will move us forward in loving ourselves and others unconditionally. You will start to realize how much the music you listen to is effecting your life in either a positive, neutral or negative way.
‘Let’s Start a Love Crusade’
Are you up for the challenge?
This has been a passionate journey for me and very rewarding as well. I feel very blessed to be in a position to make a difference. Here’s some feedback I recently received which illustrates the power of positive music.
“Hi Sara, I had to drop you a line to let you know all the good you are doing through your music….
I was working on a difficult case and my job is to work with the victim as quickly as possible to help them deal with what has happened. I will talk to them, getting them to focus on a happy thought, something they can think of that will help them to calm and relax themselves as best they can!
I got this person last night and she told me what she focused on and it was you! This was a turning point for this person and I am so grateful to you for what you do. You write and sing to give hope, encouragement to someone so they can respect themselves! Your words, your presence gives this hope!”
The Power Of Positive Music!
My voice your choice
Sara Westbrook is an international singer/songwriter/speaker. Sara created UPower® concerts, motivational concerts designed to let people, especially youth, know they have the ability to make powerful choices that will create a positive impact no matter what the circumstance.
Each song Sara writes contains a life skill. Through the power of
speech and music Sara takes people on a journey. Let the Journey Begin