God has created you to be one of a kind. You are a unique, special person. Your uniqueness can inspire, influence and help someone else; it is your unique selling point.
Sometimes it can be tough to recognise and stand in our uniqueness, especially when we live in a world that encourages us to fit in. More often than not, having an opinion different from other people puts you on dangerous ground. Cancel culture is real. Even so, you must embrace everything that makes you unique.
I used to struggle with this. Throughout my life, people have commented that I am “complex”, “difficult to understand” and “strong-minded”. These statements were made as negatives about me. Many years ago I suffered from low self-esteem and confidence. At the time, I thought this meant there was something wrong with me. Now, as I have got older, grown in confidence and embraced myself wholeheartedly, I see the way I am as a blessing. It is good to be different.
If you struggle with embracing your uniqueness, I want to share with you 4 tips on how to start.
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Happy New Year to you! I hope and pray 2021 will be a great year for us all! Goodbye 2020.
It feels like it’s been a while since I wrote my last blog to you. I hope you have been well. Undoubtedly, last year was a mad one! At least we have made it into 2021. I am glad, in part to say goodbye 2020.
The common consensus from conversations I have had with different people from all walks of life is 2020 is a year people want to forget. I can totally understand why.
2020 was a mixed year for me. Even so, I did positive and productive things. I did experience discouragement in places. I look back and give glory to God for helping me get through the year.
Let me share some highlights with you.
I launched my podcast, Living The Empowered Life (see link). Three years it was on my heart to do it.
I launched my first online course. The Courage Course. Over 250 hours of work.
I finished my 3rd book. Due to be released later this year.
There are some of my achievements. Other plans I’ve had to postpone because of world events. Some things do still need social interaction!
I am looking forward to 2021. Goodbye, 2020. It is now in the rearview. I am looking to continue building my company, achieve my goals and continue to develop me. I don’t have resolutions. Improvements and achievements are what I strive for. I have been on an upward trajectory for the last 7 years, and long may it continue!
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I had the great privilege of attending the Women Appreciating Women awards. The event is a celebration of women that are positively contributing to society. I was nominated by a lovely lady for the work I have been doing over the last decade, empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have never won an award before. Women Appreciating Women is my first one.
Over 100 women attended the event. Women of all races, nationalities and backgrounds were present. Some travelled from their home countries to attend. All the women were offered an opportunity to be interviewed on camera. I was nervous when it came to my turn but nevertheless, I completed the interview. Afterwards, I enjoyed the drinks reception.
Doctor Pauline Long, is Founder of Women Appreciating Women and a Philanthropist. It is clear from many conversations had during the course of the evening, that she is highly respected and well thought of. Moreover, her passion for empowering women was evident in her speech. The theme for this year awards was ‘she must-win’. Dr Long encouraged us as women to push through challenges and be the best we can be.
Dr Long interviewed a selection of women. She asked what inspired them to make a difference. Each story was unique, but a common theme stood out; a desire for change. Adversity, hardship, discrimination and injustice was significant in their vision to achieve extraordinary things. It was truly inspirational.
I had a lovely three-course meal. Besides receiving my lovely award. The D.J played some great throwback music (80’s Madonna and Whitney, I loved it!). Through conversation, I learned women are making a difference through a range of interesting careers. I met a Councillor and award-winning Indian drummer.
The atmosphere was really special. I left the event feeling proud and inspired to continue to do great things. Indeed, the event reminded me of why it is important that we are celebrated. I am a proverbs 31 woman; a wife, mother and businesswoman. Also, I am a leader and a world changer. It is okay to be all these things. My gender does not define my potential. Nor will I let other peoples limitations define me. So, therefore, I will continue to dream big and fly high. After all, she must-win.
My entrepreneur journey has been a lesson in self –development. It has resulted in unknown and challenging situations. In this post, I share with you five things I identified on my transformation journey from leaving traditional employment to becoming a full-time entrepreneur.
I distinctly remember waking up the day after I left my job, I was excited. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to finally make the decision. More importantly, I was excited at the prospect of creating new things. Creativity has been the essential motivator that has kept me going on my journey to shaping the vision of my company YEME Empowerment.
I was running off the adrenalin of the excitement. My confidence was running high and my self-belief was unbelievable. The realisation that I was really living the life of an entrepreneur suddenly hit me. I was not mentally prepared for how tough it would be financially in the first year. It was the right decision to leave my job, a window of opportunity moment that I had to take. It was a scary realisation. I was now in charge of making choices that would help shape my destiny.
I worried about things outside of my control but I did not doubt my ability to accomplish my goals or that I would achieve my vision. I chose to let go of the fear and I pushed forward one day at a time.
I spent twenty-three years mentally conditioned by working in the traditional paid employment system and it shaped the way I lived and thought about my life. I am unlearning habits and behaviours associated with my previous way of living. It has been a freeing experience that has helped me grow mentally.
My journey to finding my way has brought clarity. I started out I had an outline of what I believed it would take to build my vision. The reality was I had to adjust my methods to achieve it.
Because I took courage and embraced risk I have seen great outcomes in my endeavours but the entrepreneur journey is not for the faint-hearted. It has taught me perseverance, resilience and patience.
I believe I can go the distance on my entrepreneur journey because I have a solution to a problem. I also have passion and inspiration. That is the fuel and strength I need to see things through.
Recently I celebrated two years as a blogger, what an achievement!
It was all so different a couple of years ago. Back in February 2017 in a blog post titled ‘Happy birthday’ that I wrote on the ‘Hope in the Future blog’ for my organisation Daughter Arise, I shared how I went through a period of lack of confidence and self-belief and because of that my blogging life was a non- starter for a long time. I struggled to believe that writing about my life experiences could be of benefit to others, but here I am two years later presenting you with this new blog called ‘The empowered Life’. The power of two very different blogs designed to deliver insightful relatable content.
It took real courage and determination for me to push past my self-doubt. I had to adopt a mind over matter approach so to speak and that got me to my first milestone of blogging for a year. It was wonderful to get to that stage and infused with my passion to write about topics close to my heart kept me motivated and brimming with ideas. The Empowered Life blog and YouTube channel is all about encouraging, inspiring and empowering people to dream big, do bold things and to challenge them to think outside of the box in terms of what they want to achieve in life.
Blogging has helped me to develop consistency by making sure I post blogs on time and has brought many benefits to my life. Not only has it extended my writing skills, it has given me confidence and inspiration to think outside the box in terms of creativity, and it all started from tapping into and developing my gift. I have grown to love writing and blogging in whatever form, it has and will always be a love of mine.
What I hope to communicate through my blogs is a process of turning the challenges of life into an empowering platform of transformation and self-discovery. Hidden under our experiences, good or bad is the opportunity to use them for the betterment of others, and blogging is one of the ways that I can facilitate that. So here is to many more years’ of me blogging and I hope through sharing via this powerful platform, it helps inspire change in many peoples lives and that is worth celebrating.
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