Fiona has always been the hardest on herself. When others disappoint or hurt her, she blames herself. This inner voice has been with her for as long as she can remember. Sometimes it is so loud she swears that people can hear it. She knows that it is the voice of her insecurities and self-doubt. Its murmuring is persistent. It tells her she’s not good enough, not smart enough, not worthy, too slow, too dull. The voice has stopped her from reaching for her dreams and kept her stagnant. It has cut her at the deepest level at the worst times. It gloats about her failures since they prove it right. She thinks that the inner growl is a parasite that feeds off her defeats and gets stronger the more it eats. Fiona decides she wants to silence the constant whispering once and for all. In order to quiet the voice, she vows to acknowledge it but not let the words take root in her mind; instead, she will let them move through her body and evaporate. In their absence, she will treat herself with kindness and patience. She will stop judging herself and regretting her decisions. Over time this transforms Fiona and gives her the space to allow her spirit to blossom and soar. A quiet confidence lives in her soul. She is grateful every day that the dark cloud has finally passed.