So below you can see how the page originally began - with a blue paint background, over which I was gradually building a face. I'd just added some lines in the hair with a dark blue Promarker, when I decided I hated what I was doing and wanted to begin again.
I love the attitude in this woman's face, she looks proud and utterly unapologetic about who and what she is. So I wrote in the middle "I am myself", and then the rest just followed. It took me a long time to be able to make this statement (I am the child of a critical mother) and to believe that that is enough, but having got to that place I felt transformed by it and strong.
Lots of dots and other marks then followed, all done with Posca paint pens, which are opaque even over pretty dark colours. I keep thinking I will work in big bold shapes of colours without all the doodly detail, but every time ....
Anyway, the point of this page is that I AM (finally) myself, though it took a long time to dig through all the layers of expectations laid on me by others and myself. I am everything I need to be, I am comfortable in my own skin, and I have a valued place in the world. I only wish I'd got to this place earlier in my life, but now I have boy do I want to celebrate it! Go Me! :)