Confidence is a funny thing. We seem to be born with endless amounts but as we grow up and mature, we find so many ways to erode that belief in ourselves.
I’ve become increasingly aware of this trend over the past year as I’ve made a career change and essentially started over. I had spent over 15 years in a business that, while rewarding in many ways, constantly challenges a person’s self-confidence. I hadn’t realized how much it had affected me until I was out.
When I began my television career, I never had any doubt that I would “make it”. I was 22, definitely naïve, but also incredibly confident in myself and my abilities. But 16 years later as I began this new phase I suddenly had all sorts of doubts.
Am I good enough? Does anyone care what I have to say? Can I actually make this work?
What I’m finally now accepting is that this whole experience is part of my journey, my story. After living out my TV reporter dream, I now get to challenge myself to do something new that scares and excites me. And I don’t have to have everything figured out right now. In fact, true rewards and accomplishments come out of struggle and often times, failure. You will never know what truly works for you until you discover what doesn’t.
I was drawn to Alex Woo not only because her jewelry is beautiful and personal, but because she has built a business that celebrates women and their individual stories. Yes, you’ve probably seen some of her designs on celebrities and in TV shows like The Carrie Diaries and Gossip Girl, but her pieces are made with all women in mind.
I love wearing something that is personalized, so her Autograph Collection is a perfect fit. I typically gravitate toward gold, but the sterling silver is so chic and comes at a very appealing price point. It makes the perfect holiday gift, too!
I chose a sterling silver “L”. But in order to incorporate my love of gold, I added a little gold charm to make my necklace even more “me”.
My reasoning for going with the gold star may seem a bit cheesy, but it’s also very true. After everything I have been through recently I wanted to wear something that symbolizes light and hope. It’s a physical reminder that I am the star of my own story, and I am in control of how bright I choose to shine. I’m basically wearing a little symbol of self-confidence.
My story is far from over. And what’s more exciting than that?
Thank you to Alex Woo for partnering on this post.
Photos by Marc Fowler
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