Re-Learning Confidence

As I sit on my couch on a cool Sunday afternoon preparing for our final Christmas Cafe Concert, my mind wanders to a new place – confidence. Over the past 7.5 weeks I have lost an incredible 33 pounds and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon, but I realized that I am having to re-learn somethings. For me, when I was heavier, I could hide behind the weight as an excuse for all kinds of things – not taking risks with my career or school or at church or meeting new people, but now I don't have any excuses. Friends are noticing the weight loss, clothes are fitting better, and I am understanding that I have to re-learn how to carry myself confidently.

Whether on-stage singing a solo or running on the trails or interviewing for who knows what or presenting in a meeting, I must project myself confidently. I must be confident in the words that I say, the body language I portray, the humility that I bring to the situation – each of these things tells someone about who I am.

I have not learned everything, and I am surely not as confident as I should be, but that's okay because life is a journey and I take away so much from every experience. My best friend who is the director of the cafe asked me if I was being stretched – the answer is an overwhelming “YES”. It seems like the past 7.5 weeks have been an incredible stretching experience that just continues to grow.

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