How was my journey to the TEDx Stage?
It was priceless.
It was important to me that I delivered my talk from a place of authenticity instead of projected confidence – especially since my topic was embracing our pasts and owning our stories.
When I received my acceptance letter in August, I had to figure out how I wanted to “show up” on event day and I had about three months to do so.
I have spent my life trying to project masculine confidence because that’s what I thought I had to do to be powerful and be seen. I knew I didn’t want that.
I started working with a feminine leadership coach and realized the perfect energy was within me the entire time – my job was to let my guard down and take off my confidence mask.
I started doing “lives” on my personal FB page to practice being seen and IT WAS HARD. Much harder than I thought it would be. I kept posting every week hoping it would get easier and it did, sort of.
In time and embracing the intricate process of preparing and practicing my talk, I learned how to trust my words and stop projecting and hiding. I learned how to speak my truth and share my heart.
Sharing my message, November 14, 2020 on the TEDxCherryCreek stage is forever a priceless moment in my life.
My greatest wish is that everyone woman (and man) who sees my talk is moved to embrace their past and love themselves a little more. Life is too short to hide behind our past and the world needs more of our unapologetic realness.
Thank you for sharing this amazing journey with me.