Dedication: I dedicate this story to my mother Annie M. Kennedy who taught me at a young age, "You can do anything you put your mind to." She is a massive part of who I am today and I will be eternally grateful for her regal example of noble womanhood.
Twenty years ago I was absolutely horrified of public speaking and silenced by shame. I have conquered countless health challenges, financial challenges, relationship challenges, and vocational challenges. Every form of adversity was molding me into the powerhouse woman I’ve always dreamed I could be.
I am a magnet for prominence, affluence, and abundance. I use my voice to break mental chains of slavery because I have crawled through the confusion to snatch clarity. I know what it feels like to carry the weight of stagnation, the agony of disappointment and still show up with open wounds bleeding under my clothes.
“Then I looked again and considered all the acts of oppression that were being practiced under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and they had no one to comfort them, and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.”~Ecclesiastes 4:1
Six years ago after receiving a pink slip, I made a deliberate choice to turn it into Queenfidence. Sculpting a future with the eyes of faith requires bodacious belief and a radical resilience in order to create massive momentum. I’ve learned valuable konfidence keys on this journey:
1) No one is you and that is your power.
2) Trust but verify.
3) Believe you can and you will.
4) Don’t hide, go seek.
5) Mindsets are contagious, choose carefully.
6) Never give up.
7) Prepare your portfolio for the opportunities ahead.
8) The in-between moments are the ones that count.
9) Powerful presence begins with acute self-awareness.
10) Practice makes polished and polished makes profits.
Audacious leadership and authentic living begins the moment you decide to play by the rules you write. Always remember, she/he who holds the pen, holds the POWER. Cleave to your convictions without wavering or doubting for in the end the vision will become a lighthouse to all who feel as though they are drowning. Goliath challenges require galactic courage!
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