Brittany Burgunder


When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings. – Dean Jackson

When we grow or change it is not usually a smooth transition or transformation. It’s beautiful, powerful and inspiring… but with it comes vulnerability, awkwardness and fear. Don’t let your steps forward in life be hindered by others or yourself. Some people won’t understand or like that you’ve “changed,” moved on, or have bettered yourself.

I used to purposely keep myself small, sabotage my potential and live according to what I thought would make me liked by my peers. This cost me greatly both emotionally and physically. You don’t realize the toll it takes on your body as a whole to be someone you’re not. When I remained a caterpillar I suppose I “blended in,” but I remained without close friends and gained an incredible amount of self-hate. When I transformed into a butterfly there were many people who shook their heads… and you know what? Good! Because I have moved on and I will no longer dilute my potential or who I am as a person at the expense of others approval.

You are all butterflies at heart. Whether you are currently a caterpillar, cocooning, just learning to fly, or are enjoying your wings… keep on moving forward. There are plenty of butterflies who will fly by your side. ~Britt

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