One day I was fed up. It was time to stand in front of the mirror. I looked at myself, saw my mascara smeared and tears rolled down my cheeks. Without words I asked myself: what are you doing to yourself? Was I too sensitive, too sweet? Suddenly I knew: I had to go back to basics. I started praying, meditating and writing. I wrote down what I liked about myself and what I wanted to change or improve. Actually, I had a good conversation with myself. I pointed out my mistakes to myself, but also mentioned things that I did well. And what I would like very much, like to be strong and confident. I wanted to be taken seriously, to have self respect. I believe words have power. A good conversation with myself and holding a mirror up to myself really helped me.