Like a good gardener, as a holistic health coach I have been taught to go to the root of my client's problems, when they come to me with blocks or symptoms I take time to listen and discover where these feelings stem from. A good gardener does not repaint a dying trees leaves green again. She digs up the dirt, goes deep to the roots to reveal the dis'ease'.
Women come to me seeking fulfilment and ease, but one of the most common 'symptoms' clients come to me with is lack of confidence. This lack of self belief is grown from many seeds. During my own journey of self discovery and through working with other women, I have learned that these seeds are often planted in childhood. In time and by asking the right questions I work with them to uncover what has caused this often debilitating barrier, the block that hinders them from reaching their true potential.
As a health coach I also believe that prevention is better than cure, and now that I have my own daughter, my wish for her is that she grows up with a strong belief in her self worth and enough humility to not come across as arrogant. I'm now conscious on a daily basis of what she is exposed to; words are probably the most powerful force at the moment. Words can fill us up, breed confidence or they can slowly chip away at it. I know from first hand experience how soul destroying words can be and how they can go on to cause deep emotional and psychological wounds.
We are all capable of making positive changes in the world on a daily basis and those can start in our own home, amongst our family and friends creating positive ripples as our children carry that positivity with them into school and so on.
As you know I not only wanted to create change through my work as a health coach, but also through my business as a whole. This is the reason why I created the #raisingwomencharitee range, as a tool to create awareness and funds for various charities that align with my mission, and also why I've joined forces with Monaco based GenderHopes, a non profit charity, founded by #mumonamission Vibeke Thomsen. Together we hope to highlight the importance of building confidence in young girls with our #raisingaconfidentgirl campaign.
Our joint mission is to encourage girls to focus on their strengths and to grow up celebrating their achievements.
"A confident girl is a girl who believes in herself and what she can achieve. She doesn't let anything or anyone stop her!"
- Vibeke Brask Thomsen, founder of GenderHopes
Registered in 2012 GenderHopes aims to combat gender-based discrimination and violence by raising awareness, informing policy-makers and the general public and by highlighting negative stereotypes that promote gender-based violence and discrimination.
Vibeke's mission is to address the root causes of the continuing inequality between girls and boys, women and men.
Since 2013, GenderHopes hosts events to mark International Day of the Girl on 11th October. In 2016 GenderHopes' art exhibition 'A Confident Girl' celebrated the Day of the Girl by bringing attention to the importance of building confidence in young girls so they can succeed in their lives and endeavours. As such, they hope to erase gender stereotypes to allow both girls and boys to fulfil their potential and aspirations in life.
From now until the end of April Raising Women will be donating 3 euros from every LITTLE WOMAN girl's charitee sold to GenderHopes.
To support us on our mission and to help raise awareness please click here to purchase a charitee for your confident girl.
If you as an adult still find that lack of confidence is holding you back from reaching your full potential and would like to work through this barrier, please contact me to find out more about how we can work together to nurture your self belief.
With special thanks to:
Stylist / Photographer : Emma Carr
Model : Neve Carr