Oh Sandy, thank you so much for this article, so much of it resonates deeply and I know it will for many others. I'm 2 and a half years in for very similar reasons and I believe the power and confidence I've gained from making the decision to stop taking off my crown has been worth every tear for the lost dream. A brilliant piece for our new section, this was exactly what I was hoping for.

ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE

Writing on female experience, race, motherhood & self-development. Columnist at Green Parent magazine & Parenting Top Writer. Follow me on IG @adeola_moonsong.