Poetry: “You Just Need To…”

You Just Need To…
by Leah Oviedo
It’s not that you have to be perfect and brand new
You aren’t a smart phone
It’s not that you have to be loved by everyone
You don’t exist on a pedestal
It’s not that you need to be shiny and look good
You aren’t a diamond ring
It’s not that you need to be smooth and spotless
You aren’t glass
It’s just that you need to love yourself as much as you love those things.
Check out more poetry posts here on my blog.

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Coloring Pages

Imperfectly Perfect – Coloring Page and Affirmation

This is one of the pages from the free coloring book I created, “Peace, Love & Weirdness“.

imperfectly perfect coloring page

Affirmation for Imperfection
Perfection is a perception.

Imperfection is natural. Flaws are normal.

I am imperfectly perfect!

Imperfection is valuable. Imperfection is reality.

Unique, different, weird, ugly. Perfect, normal, beautiful.

These are just words.

I am perfectly imperfect!


Click HERE to download this FREE coloring book.


You might also enjoy my other book of affirmations and original art.



D.I.Y. Therapy, Empowering Discussions

D.I.Y. Therapy: You Are Perfect, Whole, Complete

Perfect, whole, complete

You are complete! Trust yourself. You can improve upon yourself and add new skills, more compassion, more love, more knowledge, but the reality is you were born completely whole.

I sometimes forget this, getting caught up in the perception of loneliness and feelings of incompetence, but I’m never truly alone because I have my whole complete self with me. If you have a lonely, incomplete feeling in your gut this morning I hope you can heal it with positive, healthy action. I’d give you a hug if you were here.

I found this work of art at Shakti Rising, a wonderful organization where I’m spending a summer of service and learning. You can read my earlier blog post about this experience, https://impoweryou.org/2016/07/11/shakti-rising/.


After the 17 years I decided the pain grafted to myself needed to be gently removed and replaced with love. I share my D.I.Y. Therapy posts in the hope that my journey can help others find self-love and create a life free of depression.  My advice is not a cure-all. I still have moments where I slip back into feelings of depression, but now I can acknowledge my emotions and their causes as a way to find my way back to peace. Read more of my journey out of depression and into balance with my D.I.Y. Therapy posts on this blog.

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Have you downloaded my FREE coloring book? “Peace, Love & Weirdness” is an offbeat collection of my original illustrations and affirmations.

peace love weirdness coloring book

Grab your free copy on my Coloring Book page