The idea for DebTalksTV came when I realized that I needed inspiration. Lucky for me that came in the form of an amazing weekend in May 2014 when I was a participant in the Minerva Foundation’s Learning to Lead BC program. I felt so inspired being surrounded by 50 + amazing women, all with stories to tell. Being around them and hearing about their ‘successes’ and their ‘lessons’ in life, made me look at my own journey with a sense of empowerment. I want to create that for other women who feel they are struggling with success.
Discovering what success means to me.
As a young girl growing up in Scotland, I had many dreams. Yet I wasn’t very confident and always felt there was an unspoken belief in my family that as a woman, I was a second-class citizen. From this stemmed the belief that I was not good enough, and this feeling stuck with me for a long time.
At 22 I moved to Canada. At the time, it was because I didn’t know what to do after finishing university. But now I realize I moved here to find my voice. I studied yoga at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga and obtained my Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Vancouver. I thought by having two amazing holistic modalities, I’d be able to serve my clients even more.
After graduating I expected my new career as a yoga teacher and holistic nutritionist to take off with flying colours. Sadly, it didn’t. Never did I expect the journey to be so windy, convoluted and exhausting! Nutrition clients fell through or wouldn’t commit and potential yoga classes didn’t quite come to fruition. I was on the verge of giving up. I had no choice but to go back to full time office work. While working, I tried the holistic path once more, but soon realized that nutrition wasn’t even what I wanted to focus on. When I came to that realization, I felt like a failure all over again! I had just spent $5000 on a diploma program that now I don’t want to have a career in.
What did I learn?
When I took a step back to think about it all, I realized my failures simply weren’t real. In fact, that program was one of the best things that had happened to me. Taking a course or program isn’t just about what you learn; it’s also about who you meet, how you integrate with others and who you become. Both my degree and diploma allowed me to connect with like-minded people, learn how to build community, taught me how to be a leader and made me the person I am today.
Both trainings also helped me discover I have the gift of speech. I love motivational speaking, and empowering others to reach their highest potential and live their best lives. I believe that if we all achieve our ambitions and dreams, the world would be a more peaceful place. And this is how DebTalksTV was born.
When I look back on my life so far I don’t regret anything and neither should you. Everything that you have done in your life has served you in some way or another. It has made you the person that you are now. Your skills and experience, along with some ambition, can help make the world a better place. What you may deem to be “a step back” just might catapult you into the next phase of your life. I have had to step back numerous times. And each time I take a moment to think about all I have achieved, I don’t see myself as a failure anymore. I believe that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be right now. All my journeys, my learning, my diversions have led me to understand who I really am. Every time I take a few steps forward, I now deliberately take one step back to really appreciate where I am.