BrandBacker Member My mess is my message: Sharing my story at IsaU Philadelphia 2018

My mess is my message: Sharing my story at IsaU Philadelphia 2018


Below is a bit about my experience leading up to this event. If you prefer, you can jump ahead and watch as I tell you my story! Click here to watch

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Feeling ALL THE FEELS. I haven’t fully processed this weekend and this experience…⠀

See, a few years ago, I would always say, “I’m a writer, not a speaker.” But this was a lie and a limitation I put on myself. God finally told me to cut that out, and placed a desire in my heart to share my story out loud, so this has been something I’ve prayed for for years now.⠀

So when I was contacted by the same company that transformed my own health 5 years ago and asked to share in a "Success Story" segment, you'd think I would have leaped at the chance!

Buuuut... I was...well, I was actually in disbelief!

I started comparing myself to all the other "successful" people I know in this company, and continually questioned why they would want me. You know, as much as I preach stuff like "grace", "not comparing", "celebrating small wins"...it’s because that’s what I need to be reminded of the most. I didn’t feel worthy. At. All.⠀ I told my husband how I was feeling, and he told me, “Imagine the Anna Laura from two years ago is sitting in that conference listening to you. You’re giving her hope for what’s possible for her. Success is relative, babe, and YOU are a HUGE success.”⠀ Wow.⠀ Y’all, the devil can creep in and sabotage your thoughts, belittle the gifts and successes in your life...but only if you allow it.⠀

So I followed some advice I had recently given a client— to write down every single win, growth, blessing. As I wrote, I felt more and more grateful for this journey— Who I‘m created to be, What I’m called to do, Where I’m going. I began to truly feel that I AM a success!

By the time I got up on that stage, I won't lie, I was quite nervous. I was standing in front of a crowd of 1,200 people, after all!-- but I felt so strong.

Yes, there were moments of emotion that hit so hard on that stage as I told a very, VERY personal story- one I've never told anyone outside my family. When I finished, and saw the crowd on their feet, I about lost it up there, I was so shocked.⠀

To everyone who listened, gave hugs, and handshakes, PMed, texted, called…”thank you” isn’t enough, but it’s all I can say, so I’ll say it a million times. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU…⠀

Now, without any further ado, let me tell you a story... (click to watch!)

CLICK TO WATCH: Sharing My Story

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