By Eryn Erickson: Growing up, I was constantly made fun of for my size. I heard every joke that degrades being short, and I defined my value from those jokes. I feared that I didn't belong and I felt rejected. I thought I was alone and those hurtful words caused me to feel unworthy of love.

When I finally did overcome those feelings, I found out that I'm not the only one who has struggled. If only I had known that I wasn't so alone...

That was why I decided to quit my full time job and pursue So Worth Loving with full force. I had to overcome the fear of failure once again, and I can't express how much adrenaline I felt that day. After the words "I quit" came out of my mouth, I was consumed with thoughts of both positive and negative:

  • "You can finally pursue what you have a passion for."
  • "It's just the beginning!"
  • "What if you suck at this?"
  • "What if you made the biggest mistake of your life?"

So I have to be brave.  And for the month of May, I have committed myself to the word brave -- as a reminder that maybe I can relate to someone else, and let them know they're not alone in their struggles.

Join me in encouraging others, and let them know that they are worthy of love.  Choose your own word for May, and let the world know.   We've launched May You Be -- a place for people to fill in the blank for what they have overcome, or are still overcoming.

So grab a piece of paper, fill in the blank, take a picture, and let people know what word you are committing to for the month of May. Head over to May You Be and upload your photo! Use the hashtag  #MayYouBe on social media.

You never know... it could be a word someone else is struggling with.