Have you ever felt so frozen with fear you couldn’t put yourself out there and just be yourself? Even though you had a deep longing to share, create, make a difference? It felt safer to stay in the shadows.
I get it.
Every woman has her own story of invisibility.
I was the little girl who disappeared behind the curtains when strangers visited.
I didn’t join groups as a child because I’d freeze with self-consciousness.
When I moved to a new, larger school for a year I was so shy I didn’t make any friends. I sat alone at break times with tears rolling down my cheeks.
Even when I grew up I avoided career moves that threatened to put me in the spotlight.
My first business failed because I was too scared to put myself out there and market my services.
I had a successful career in education, but chose management roles that were less scary than teaching.
Rather than step into leadership, I supported others. I had the ideas. They...