Again, looking back, it’s interesting how God puts people in your path and in your life. I remember back in the fall getting a call about an amazing training program that was coming up that would help me in my business. I knew I needed to learn and grow as a person, so without even knowing all the details, I jumped on board and stepped out of my comfort zone.
I am so happy I did as I have been training with Amy Applebaum for almost 9 months now and the amount of growth I have had personally is just amazing to me and it has affected how I dealt with cancer.
Amy taught me about self acknowledgements and daily affirmations – to actually USE THEM and be consistent. She taught me to talk to people and engage in conversations, which is something I never did before, because I always made it about me. (worrying what I would say and what they would think) It’s amazing how when you take “yourself” out of the conversation and you really just engage and listen to what the other person is saying how much you learn from them, how much you are blessed and how good it feels.
I have learned courage and to be BOLD and I needed ALL of that training before I found out for many reasons. I had to know how to talk to people, and how I do matter and that when I engage sincerely that it is effective and I can help other people. That means the world to me.
I still remember after being diagnosed, we had the Ambitious Womens Conference on my birthday weekend, March 29th- 30th and I was supposed to give a small testimonial of how the Ambitious Womens Success Club has been for me and how it has helped me.
In front of almost 500 women that I didn’t know, I gave a brief two minute testimonial, including that I was just diagnosed with breast cancer weeks before. Standing there and being vulnerable was one of the hardest things I have ever done. To stand there and just be raw and not worry who would judge me and what would happen was scary and freeing all at the same time.
All I can say is being so open made it the best weekend ever! I had numerous women come up to me and share encouraging stories and pray with me and give me hope and love. I met “friends” that weekend that I may never have met if I wasn’t bold and if I didn’t step out.
I learned that weekend that it’s okay to ask for help and that it’s okay to accept help from others without guilt………..
That was the first time I just let it all out and stepped out and it has grown me and made it very easy to share my journey and my story with others. You never know who you can help, who may need to hear that it’s okay to go through trials and who may need to know that we can ask for help.
It’s not about me, it’s about other people and helping them and if I can bless someone at the same time by showing God praise while I go through all of this storm, then that’s what makes my heart smile.