I didn’t realize my life could change in the blink of an eye. But it did, at the most unsuspecting time and in the most unsuspecting way.
I was building my style empire in the midst of a global pandemic. As a serial entrepreneur, I had finally found the thing that I would do for free, that lights me up and helps other people. I felt like I was walking in my purpose and using all the gifts God had given me.
Until I went to the doctor in early 2021 with what I thought was a regular eye problem.
That regular eye problem was brain tumors. The weeks that followed were a blur. There were follow-up appointments and a date scheduled for brain surgery. But how could this be? I felt like I was the healthiest I had been in years.
I had so many questions about how this would impact me – my health, my appearance, my hair. How would the scar on my forehead look? The diagnosis felt surreal, but I tried to muster up the faith to remain optimistic.
Three days after surgery I was finally able to look in the mirror. With the bandages removed, I saw a swollen face and staples lining the incision across my forehead. The woman who has a sense of urgency about everything had to exercise patience over the long healing process, while hoping to look “normal” again.
I spent my twenties and thirties honing the personal style that would empower me to best show up -- for myself and the world. During that time, people considered me stylish, but they had no idea I wasn’t always confident in my body and style or that it took time to get to that point. When I hit my stride, I remember a colleague saying she would hire me as a stylist “in a second.” She confirmed what I knew in my heart -- if I could achieve confidence through my image, I could teach others to do it, too.
Early in my business, the confidence I had gained had taken a hit when social media shifted to live video. I felt uncomfortable showing up in front of the camera. But this also presented an opportunity to reassess my brand image. To make sure it felt authentic to who I was.
After brain surgery, I experienced that same lack of confidence. Even as I started to heal and my hair started to grow back, I struggled with how my appearance had changed. It took months before I was comfortable showing up on video again. But I soon realized that showing up "live" only strengthened the connection with my audience and community.
I knew God had given me a second chance to live out my purpose, share my testimony, and serve my clients on a deeper level. This mindset shift not only helped me elevate my brand but it also became the basis of my coaching, to help others shift their mindsets and ignite their image. Fashion and style are more than cute outfits in your closet. They are tools to help you develop style-confidence, brand-confidence and, more importantly, self-confidence.
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