Embracing My Story
We each have our own unique story that's shaped by our experiences, challenges, and triumphs. However, how often do we have the opportunity to share it with others and be truly authentic about our journey? Recently, I was asked to share my story at a women's brunch hosted by NAHREP Boston, and it took an unexpected moment of courage to open up and share my truth.
For almost three years, I've been asking the question "What is your story?" on my podcast, TranscendwithM, and have interviewed over 150 women. Through this process, I've learned the power of vulnerability and the importance of sharing our stories. But when the question was turned on me in front of a live audience, In front of 100+ people, I have to admit that I felt vulnerable.
Despite feeling vulnerable at first, as I began to speak, I found myself feeling more and more comfortable and relaxed. I spoke about the oppression and discrimination I had faced in my industry for 15 years, trying to conform and cater to others' wants and needs. I helped everyone else succeed but neglected myself. I was told that I couldn't do it, that I was too expensive and too assertive, and that I needed to wait.
Over the past 2.5 years, I've made significant changes in my life. I left my job and understood I needed partnerships. I understood that it wasn’t going to be easy and that now I needed to do the extra work. I experienced burnout and made the decision to choose myself. Today, I help women step into their power and happily serve my community. I set an example by saying, "SI SE PUEDE!" (Yes, we can!) and recognize that opening doors, creating connections, and servant leadership are my superpowers.
I'm no longer ashamed of who I am. I embrace my strengths and flaws, recognizing that I am a force to be reckoned with—kind, smart, ambitious, and a woman who makes mistakes daily. I'm proud to be a Latina who laughs loud, has an accent, hates small talk but enjoys real connections, and wants to see a future that includes my community growing and leading the insurance industry.
Opening up and sharing our personal experiences can be a potent means of fostering healing, growth, and connections. Being vulnerable and genuine enables us to create a safe space for others to do the same. Each of us has a unique story, and it's our choice how we choose to share it with the world.
Today I walk into my #Power