Did Ya Miss Me?
I’m sure you’ve been losing tons of sleep worrying about where I have been the last month and a half. A few things have happened to me since we last spoke, mostly good and some that were not so good.
Back in October of 2017, I was diagnosed with SIBO, which is a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Though not life threatening, the food I was eating was making me sick and inflamed. With the help of my doctor, I went on an extremely strict food diet in order to “starve” out the bacteria.
The process is relatively straightforward: just don’t eat the foods that make you sick. Surprisingly, I did really well with that. What went wrong was the extreme bad reaction I had to the medication. I suffered a lot of pain, lost a ton of weight and a lot of sleep. The good news is that I am slowly getting back on track and though the SIBO is not gone completely, I am definitely on the road to recovery.
Flash forward to the end of February where I attended the Watermark Leadership Conference for Women in San Jose. I got to spend an entire day with 6,500 badass women who are passionate about making the corporate world a better place. Plus, you get to hear amazing talks live and in person by women such as Amal Clooney and Reese Witherspoon. It was so inspiring on so many levels. Check out their website here.
Then a few short days later, I hopped onto a plane to fly to Dubai where I spent a week with even more amazing ladies through a women’s entrepreneurship program. I cannot express enough gratitude for the Universe for putting this program in my way last year when I needed it the most. I’ve learned so much about myself, my business, and what I want from my business, not to mention the new friendships I have made and the places I have traveled to and will travel to in the upcoming year.
Since I’ve been back from Dubai, I have been diligently working on new programs and offerings surrounding Women’s Empowerment and Leadership. Since I moved into coaching I have been searching for a service that spoke to me and helping women find to find their voice, discover their confidence, build their communication skills, and maximize collaboration with others is a subject that has become near and dear to my heart.
I often think back to my own experiences and I wonder what would have been different for me if I had the confidence to speak up and share my ideas or reported the multiple harassments that I experienced throughout my career. Then I think back to the 10 year relationship that I had with a very emotionally abusive man and back even further to my 5th grade teacher who ridiculed my art project in front of the entire class. I was so mortified and hurt that I never picked up a pencil to draw again. Women's empowerment is more than just issues we face in the workplace. It's about issues that ALL women face at any age. Enough is enough!
So if you are still with me after reading this long message, THANK YOU! Thank you for being here. Thank you for giving me a platform to speak from and THANK YOURSELF for having the desire to make your life better for yourself and your family.