Skip to main content

Project Find My Voice

I turned 40 recently.

Why is it that milestone birthdays cause people to reflect on their life?  Another decade, another year, more memories to make.  I am not the exception, as I definitely reflected - a lot - before and after April 11th.  I left my teaching job last year and took a new job and I paused for a time during that decision process.  As anyone would tell you when they make a life-altering decision like that.  We need to make sure it is the right choice for ourselves.

My thoughts this time, when I thought about getting older, revolved around the idea of where I have come.  A few years back, I put into motion "Project Find My Voice".  I have always been what I would consider a strong, independent woman, but I didn't always feel secure in what I had to say or contribute.  I always thought I wasn't as smart or articulate as those I surround myself with.  I constantly felt like an imposter in my professional and sometimes social situations.  When I silently enacted "Project Find My Voice", I vowed to myself that I would work on my confidence and try to be more assertive.  I had to keep telling myself that I have something to contribute. 

Part of this project was working on being more articulate in conversation and in professional settings.  I took it upon myself to work on my presentation skills, public speaking skills, and professional networking. 

What did I find when I looked back on "Project Find My Voice" as I turned 40?  I found that I am a work in progress, but I have made really good leaps and bounds in these areas.  I still, at times, find myself doubting my worth in professional settings, and perhaps thinking that people around me think I have nothing to contribute.  Sometimes I read too much into a text or a message, and I think, "They think I am incapable", or "They think I am not as smart", or even, "I don't think they trust me to do a good job". 

I hate that I feel this way at my age, but I think we all suffer from insecurities.  I am still working on mine.

When I was in the classroom, I always became an advocate for those who felt they didn't have a voice, and I always tried to coach them so they could find theirs.  Now I need to take a little of my own advice. 

Part of being well in our lives and feeling like we have worth and value is knowing ourselves what we are worth.  If we doubt ourselves and don't work on our insecurities, we aren't well.  The biggest reflection and revelation I have had since turning 40 is that I need to live my best life, and my best life takes work, but I am worth it.

Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

#Tor16 - Google Innovator Academy BOUND!

So this summer I had a goal.  I was going to apply to the Google Innovator Academy by the end of August.  As the deadline of August 30th got nearer, I still had one task to do to ensure I could apply - pass my Level 2 Google Educator test.

I scheduled my test for a cooler day on the weekend, so that I wouldn't miss out on any nice summer weather.  The day came and I had my husband take my kids out of the house so I could have peace and quiet in order to focus on my test.  He got them out for a solid 3 hours, perhaps it was even longer.  I was so nervous because I had taken the test blindly almost  a year ago, and didn't pass.  I then took it again this spring, but didn't pass - I scored a 78%.  Needing an 80% to pass, I knew I could do it, but got gun shy so put it off again.

Knowing the Innovator application deadline was at the end of August, it had to be done.  So there I sat alone in my home with my two laptops.  The test seemed to be going well.  When it came time to s…

More than Phones and iPads Keep Them Awake!

The last two nights my 12-year-old daughter has been having a hard time falling asleep.  My husband and I thought that with two kids over the age of 8, we would be over the late night wake-ups...sadly they are back, and I hope they don't last.

Many people believe, and I am one of them, that keeping technology out of kids' bedrooms is a positive thing.  Absolutely.  That stimulus isn't there anymore and they won't be up late at night on their iPads or phones (my kids don't have phones yet).  Well, last night was night two of my daughter not being able to sleep, and her iPad doesn't go in her room.  Night one, she came to us, and we talked to her, calmed her down, and she was able to go back to bed and eventually fall asleep.  Last night, however, was a different story.  I had to go to her room and lay with her to help her to calm down.  She gets too overworked worrying that there is a bad reason why she can't get to sleep.


When I walked into her room, I was ov…