Tonight, something incredible happened to me. I cried on stage during a presentation. That’s the first time in my life that I’ve cried on stage. And the emotions I was feeling didn’t include embarrassment. I felt relief, I felt pride and I felt incredible comfort. Tonight, instead of talking about social media or business, I shared my story.
I was lucky enough to be a guest speaker at the Young Women’s Forum, organised by the National Council for Women of Queensland and the Brisbane Girls Grammar School Old Girls’ Association. I was asked to share my experiences in serving others and giving back. I started off talking about the launch of my social media agency 3 years ago with $1000 in my pocket and growing it to where it is now. I spoke about working with Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation and the amazing opportunity I have to assist them to raise awareness for their foundation, a cause very close to my heart. And I spoke about my own personal experience with gynaecological cancer, and how it played a role in my decision to proceed with my surprise pregnancy, and to be a self-employed single parent.
It was the first time that I’ve ever spoken about myself. About my personal story. And I loved it. I love that what I share has such an impact on people, women in particular.
A wonderful thing happened afterwards. A women came up to me and said how refreshing it was to hear a woman talk about choice. Too often we don’t talk about choice, and the importance of making ballsy decisions when a challenge presents itself. How choosing to make that crazy, harebrained road shapes your character and how you will navigate your way throughout the rest of your life. Something I truly believe, is that it is not the choice you make, but how you make a choice that counts. That is power.
Tonight, as I cried, I didn’t feel embarrassed. I didn’t feel vulnerable. I felt powerful.