Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

Being a Tall Poppy, and the Heroine of My Life

“Life-threatening is the ultimate in empowering”, I have heard. It certainly worked for me. Growing up, teachers observed my lack of self-confidence and recorded their thoughts in my school reports. The reports included words to the effect of “Leigh is bright, works hard, and produces consistently good work. I wish she would put herself forward more, come out of her shell.” I’m […] Read more…

Sunday Thought May 17, 2015

Many of us waste time and energy wondering – and worrying – about what other people think of us. Wouldn’t it be liberating to not care? Caring about others is good of course. Caring for others, their feelings and their wellbeing, putting their needs first when appropriate is a crucial part of a decent society. But there is […] Read more…

This Girl Can, Too

For most of my life I avoided exercise, thinking I was too fat. With poor self-esteem and body image, I thought exercise was only for those with long, lithe legs and flat tummies. I still don’t have long, lithe legs, and nor do I have a flat tummy, but I am now voluntarily running 5 kilometres a couple of times […] Read more…

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken

We are taught to conform to a norm from a young age. At school, we usually wear uniforms – and they have to be just so. Obeying rules, behaving yourself, doing as you’re told. Then there’s the peer pressure – from having the right pencil case to the right haircut, from being in the right crowd to fancying […] Read more…

Believe the hype

How did you respond the last time someone paid you a compliment? Did you smile and say thank you? Or did you look embarrassed, shuffle and mumble something about it not being good or your outfit being old? Chances are, it would have been the latter response. We (especially us Brits) are programmed to think […] Read more…

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