Are You Being Bullied? Here's How I Handle Being Bullied
It’s been a while since my last post, I’ve been crazy busy between launching Kait Cosmetics, my day job, modeling and more that I just haven’t been able to sit down and focus on content. Even though I haven’t been able to really focus on getting it out, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to share. A few weeks ago I told you all that Simply Kaitlin was transforming from the sharing of my struggles, to the sharing of my success in overcoming my past. And tonight I wanted to share my biggest piece of advice for a young girl entering her first year of middle school or high school, or just struggling to make it to graduation.
For years I struggled with being bullied, sexually harassed, and abused in school, out of school and even in my career, and it really destroyed the self confidence I had. Looking back a couple of years, or even last year, I never would have imagined that I’d be where I am today. I’m in a loving relationship with my best friend, I’m an actual model - a dream I’ve always had, I own my own cosmetic company and I get to spend my day interacting and meeting all of you.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I cried myself to sleep, or starved myself because I was told I was overweight by friends, boyfriends, photographers, but I survived. And you can to. My biggest piece of advice is to stay true to you. Be you. Be as bold and colorful and crazy and unique as you want to be. Because after middle school and high school are over, no one is going to care who was popular, who wasn’t, who played sports, who was the prom King & Queen. It doesn’t matter. I still have girls from high school who gossip about me, who judge me, who tell former coaches and teammates about their dislike for me. And honestly, all I do is laugh because I know I’m in a better place than they are. And it’s not because I have all of these opportunities, it’s because I’m a good person. It’s because after all of the negative, I can still see the good in life and in people. It’s because I spend my day creating and writing things that empower and inspire women to be the best they can be, instead of gossiping.
You know that saying, be a pineapple? Well damnit, be a pineapple. Wear that crown - but don’t get cocky. Wear it with compassion, kindness and integrity. Know that who you are and what you are is more than enough and that if someone doesn’t see your value or tries to take that away from you, then they aren’t worth your time and energy.
Go into the world and do all things with kindness.