10 Things That Happen When You Find Your Voice

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We have a problem: we live in a society that doesn’t value women’s voices.

 

Because of that, many of us grew up to believe our voice didn’t matter.

 

This manifests in many ways: fear of public speaking, procrastination, generalized anxiety, boredom, depression, nagging inner gremlins that keep telling us that we’re not enough.

 

And this, in turn, leads to women shutting off their light: we fit in, we make ourselves small, we become people pleasers to make sure everyone understands us and is not “offended” by our presence, we compromise numbing ourselves with food, TV, sex, shopping, and mindless scrolling.

 

I used to think this was “normal” living. I didn’t know any better. Until I found myself bored to death having the “perfect” job and the “perfect” life, a job and life that everyone around me was telling me I should be SO grateful for. What they weren’t seeing (or were unwilling to see) was that my light was completely shut off. It was dark inside. Very, very dark.

 

Today I’m grateful for the dark moments, because that’s how The Women Speak Up Project was born. I’m so grateful I took that first shaky step into the unknown to find my voice, turn the light back on, and now help other women do the same. And that I lived to tell the story!

 

Based on my experience, here are 10 things that happen when you find your voice.

 

  1. You begin living from a place of YES.

  2. You stop telling lies, first and foremost to ourselves.

  3. You move to a new mental Zip Code. Sayonara, inner limiting beliefs!

  4. You piss people off. And you kinda like it!

  5. Old relationships will fall apart, and new ones will blossom.

  6. You stop compromising. No more, “That’s just how life is!”

  7. You’ll lose sight of familiar shores and sail in uncertainty for a bit. And that’s a-ok.

  8. You let go of who you thought you are to become the person you’re meant to be.

  9. You become more present, curious, and a better listener.

  10. Your senses awaken, and you realize the beauty of the world around you.


 

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not all unicorns and rainbows. This stuff’s not easy. There’s a boatload of cultural conditioning that we have to go against. It’s lonely at times. There will be grief, anger, guilt, shame. But there’s also freedom on the other side. And, I promise, it’s SO worth it.

 

Because once you find your voice, life will take on a new meaning of success, fearlessness, and confidence. You will become a different person, the person you were always meant to be. And you’ll find the right people to support you in your journey.

 

Are YOU ready? Which step will you take today to find and use your voice?

 

Let me know in the comments below.

 


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