The first time I remember feeling comfortable inside my own skin, I was in my early 20s, fresh out of college and working as a producer at TV news station. The newfound sense of confidence was a noticeable shift, probably brought on by living on my own and paying my own rent, and the daily routine of taking care of myself (and my cat) in my new, grown-up life.
I also recall that this feeling of confidence didn't last very long. As I worked towards my aspirations, the insecurities creeped backed in. And, if I'm being totally honest, I can see that I've done this confident, not-so-confident dance with myself for most of my life.
Recently, Megan from Best Kept Self asked me to join their Stop The Madness campaign, a movement to end negative self talk in women. This powerful video explains what it's all about:
As part of the #StopTheMadness campaign, they asked me to fill out a confidence survey, which you can find here. As I answered the questions, I realized that the time in my life that I've felt the most confident is right now. Is it because there's something magical about turning 40? Probably not. I realized that sense of confidence comes from finally understanding what confidence really is (to me) and my desire to stay connected to it.
The team at Best Kept Self also asked to complete this sentence: My Best Kept Self is ____.
When I sat down and thought about what has to happen for me to look and feel my best, here's what I came up with: hydrated, well-rested, physically fit, open-hearted, open-mind and divinely inspired.
Will you join me? Just go to BestKeptSelf.com/stopthemadness and pledge to end negative self talk too.
Who is your Best Kept Self?
Listening to: Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall