Joanna took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a sweet throwback photo of herself as a child, wearing a pink, ruffly dress and an adorable smile. But along with the cute photo, she shared an emotional message:
"The older I get, the more I realize how much time I spent believing the lie that who I was wasn’t good enough," she began the post. "I find myself fighting to get all of that time back—all of the moments I wasted hiding who I was by trying to be something I wasn't."
"So as I sit here now, with years of living and learning behind me, I want so badly to go back in time to that little girl—a little girl who happens to be half Korean and shy and a little bit self-conscious—to tell her that not only is she good enough, but she is extraordinary," Joanna continued. "I want to go back and tell her to be kind to herself because the world needs exactly who she was made to be."
In the post, Joanna also promoted her new children's book, The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be, which echoes her heartfelt message about self-love. The Magnolia mogul concluded her Instagram post with some truly inspiring words for all of her fans.
"I hope you find the courage to embrace all that you are—all of your quirks, all of your beauty, all of your brilliance—because the world needs YOU," she wrote.
Could we adore her any more?! Our hearts are filled with love and compassion for little Joanna and the amazing woman she's become. And we're not the only ones.
Immediately after her emotional share, Joanna's fans flooded her comments section with support for the HGTV star.
"Love this! So true... and such a powerful message," wrote Spanx inventor Sara Blakely.
"I want to ❤️ this a million times over- so beautiful and this book speaks to the child in each of us to come forth and be who we were made to be," another fan said.
"Such a beautiful and important message!" a third commenter said.
"Thank you for sharing. There are so many of us who have this in common," another comment read.
The bestselling author and mother of five previously said of her book: "I wanted my new children’s book to say the very thing that I needed to hear as a kid, and that I want my kids to hear and know deep in their bones, and that I hope your kids will hear and believe, too: The world needs who you were made to be—with all of the kindness and strength and unique qualities that make you who you are."
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