Finding Your Confidence

You know that feeling you get when you do something brave?  That incredible energy when you find your courage and try something that’s not easy?  That’s confidence. –  The Confidence Code for Girls.

I recently bought a book for my niece called The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.  She is 10 years old and I remember as a young girl how hard it was to navigate being in those pre-teen years.  When it arrived, I thought I should peruse it to make sure there was nothing in it that was not age appropriate.   I ended up just reading and reading.  It was so relevant to me and in my opinion, every human being regardless of age or whether you are a male or a female.  Some of the chapter titles are Confident Friendships, Kicking Perfectionism, Becoming True to You.  Who doesn’t need some of that in their lives?  For me, dealing with illness and limitations sometimes acts like a sledgehammer to my sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

This book provided me with a refresher for that.  Navigating through life with an illness is quite similar to transitioning though stages of life.  This book focuses on the transition from child to teen but are any of those transitions all that different?

I look forward to my niece reading this book and being able to talk to her about what I have learned from reading it as well.

The authors had previously written a best-seller called The Confidence Code that is geared to adults.  They are both uplifting reads.

I think I might try to do something brave myself today to reinstate that sense of confidence.

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