Updated: May 23
When I was 13, I was assigned to write and present a speech for my grade 8 class. I was going to choose a topic like panda bears or tigers at first however, for some reason I can't recall I changed my mind and chose Confidence instead- Self-Confidence to be exact. I remember delivering my speech to my class and being selected to stand in front of my school, which landed me as a representative for my school in the local competition. I began my speech and immediately made an error, stumbled over my words and requested to start again .... Call it foreshadowing, I later moved on to spend four years as a motivational speaker, travelling across Canada speaking to students about self-worth and living with purpose. And later still, becoming a professional coach and mindfulness teacher. And yet, despite my lifelong interest in self-confidence, self-empowerment, self-worth and self-love .. I haven't been immune to those moments of self-doubt or self-loathing that can creep in sometimes. After my traveling days ended and before I pursued a career in ECE, I found myself lost. I was in my early 20's and wasn't sure what the next step in my life would be. I knew I wanted give back to my community and have a positive impact on the lives of children - but I didn't know what that looked like yet. I was dirt-poor after four years of volunteering and in my first real relationship. I was completely debilitated by self-doubt and dependent on my partner for validation. I can still remember my partner's words- "I need you to have more confidence in yourself." I started the uphill climb towards self-love and acceptance. First starting with an affirmation and phrase that I repeated to myself over and over again - when I lay in bed, when I looked in the mirror as I got ready, when I showered - I love myself and accept myself as I am- I repeated it over and over again for months until it became true. At the beginning of 2013 I read Brene Brown's book- The Gifts of Imperfection and something changed. No longer worried about being perfect, I started to feel a sense of confidence and self-esteem that I hadn't in a long time. Throughout the years I have incorporated several practices into my routine that help me boost my self-confidence, self-esteem and practice self-compassion. And I would love to share them with you. Join me on February 27th- for Confidence Boost- my online workshop designed to provide space for you to recharge, refresh and empower yourself + leave with a confidence boost. Ps. I didn't win the speech competition, my mistake cost me. But that's totally okay- I make mistakes sometimes and love myself anyway.