Betting On Yourself Is About Knowing Your Value
Don’t be afraid to go through the difficult and uncomfortable phases of life, because your struggles will be your glow up.
I am an avid reader. My favorite reads include self-help and personal development books. One of my personal best recommendation is Successful Women Think Differently by Valorie Burton. Now with the release of my own book, Bet On Yourself: Life Lessons To Cultivate And Create Your Own Success, I am sharing my own truth.
As shared in my book, before I became an entrepreneur, a divorcee and now an author, I was an undocumented single mom trying to stand on my own two feet without making my burden someone else’s. Women wear this superwoman thing like a badge of honor, but it stands in the way of our mental health and us asking for help. Diagnosed with severe orthostatic hypertension, and after two months in ICU, I was discharged with a warning… If I didn’t learn to advocate for self, I would send myself to an early grave. The thing is, for us women, self-care sometimes is a revolutionary thing.
I wanted to share my own wins and fails to inspire other women to share their story. In hopes of helping women — like you — find yourself, accept yourself, love yourself, and be yourself as an act of self-care and self-worth. The book is filled with anecdotes, life lessons, practical advise and commentary on all things self-discovery. Bet On Yourself: Life Lessons To Cultivate And Create Your Own Success, is especially important for young women, but relevant for anyone who wants to learn how to leverage their skills, advocate for themselves, and communicate effectively to grow their value. You’ll be reminded that the road to the heights of greatness is rough, and to see every experience as an opportunity for continuous improvement.
Contrary to the Instagram depiction of success, you have to put in the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears. You can’t forget the rejections and fears along the way before cashing in on your passion. It’s not always going to be sunshine and rainbows but I’ve learned the best lessons at the lowest points in my life. Yes the odds were not in my favor, after all I was a black woman with no legal papers for employment. Nevertheless, I defined what success meant to me (created a vision board), then kept my eyes on my goals.
Though I still have difficult days, self-awareness has been beneficial because it has taught me to love myself, trust myself and feel happier, most of the time — but not without consistent effort. I love my glow up, because I found my strength in the struggle.
Consider my book an inspiration and a reminder that when things don’t go as planned, there are lessons to learn even at the lowest points in your life. Bet On Yourself and don’t be afraid to go through the phases and uncomfortable parts of life, because your struggles will be your glow up.