I am not a writer. Or at least that is what I have told myself for the past twenty-one years of my life. I can’t spell, I use improper grammar, and no one will like what I have to say. These are the words I tell myself on a constant basis to fuel my belief that I am not a writer. After my first weekend of teacher training I have realized that I do this to myself in more ways than one. My internal self-perceptions drive my inability to see myself as a writer among many other things. These perpetual thoughts feed my self-doubt and have become a continuous pattern for not believing in myself in different areas throughout my life. If I tell myself that I am not a writer, then I am unable to write. I will never allow myself to try because I believe I will fail. I have embodied this “stamp” onto my soul and in doing so i have set limitations on my willingness to try new things. Although this is only one small example, I recognize that the same types of internal thoughts have shown up to be present everywhere in my life. If I alter my self-perception and take away the “I am not” and change it to “I am”, then my experience with writing is changed. It seems so simple yet changing my self-awareness in the way that I have labeled myself is proving to be extremely difficult. The negative language used to describe my I can nots, or I am not is now embedded into my body, mind, and soul and it is time for it to be shifted. I am now creating space to achieve all of my future possibilities.