I am not conceited…I just LOVE MYSELF!

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Listen, I have spent the majority of my life hating myself. I have called myself names.  I thought small of myself. I’ve disliked anything and everything from the colour of my skin, the shape of my nose, the texture of my hair, the shape of my body, and the very sound of my voice! But NOW I am finally in a place of ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The opinion of others will no longer get in the way of me filling my cup with self-love! I realize, now, that the only person that could make me feel small or send me to my grave earlier than need-be is ME by allowing the negativity that comes in between my ears to take over.

I am not conceited. I JUST LOVE MYSELF!!!

Yes, I do. After all, who else is going to tell me that? You? You; this world, who is so indecisive? Absolutely not. I can’t go to others to give me the affection and care I need. I am no longer a child. It all begins with me.  I have to love myself first, and when you see me doing that you may think I am conceited. But Nah…the truth is: I JUST LOVE MYSELF!

I am at this place in my life where I can accept myself wholeheartedly.

I love the skin I am in. I love the shape of my body. I love my nose and my hair. And now, I really love the sound of my own voice! I love the way I think about life and how I can position myself to learn and understand others without thinking anything less of myself. Knowing that is entirely ok to swim upstream while everyone swims downstream. I can dance to the beat of my own drum, in the full enjoyment of an audience of one. Why??? Because I love myself.

AHH YES! The freedom that erupts from so much love one can have for themselves is unreal at times, but it is such a great place to be. 

I am not talking about big egos and boasting attitudes.

You know the ones I mean. The attitudes where others feel the need to compete and one-up you. If anything those are cries for attention due to a lack of warmth in their world. Watch out for them because they can sneak up on you.

No, I am talking about the affection where you feel joy; unspeakable JOY! The fondness that you will have in spite of what others think and feel. Yes, the words they speak may sting a bit, but something tells you to wish them well and “keep on keeping on”.  

Others may think you are acting as if you are, “You’re all that and then some.”

Your response, “WELL HECK, YES I AM!”  Your happiness will never come from someone else; neither will your love. So, as you step into your power and begin to love yourself and some start to say you are conceited, know that you’re not. You just love yourself and, Girl, it’s a great place to be!

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MariaMichelle’lee is a sought after Inspirational Speaker who fully embraces the power of story to motivate, inspire and transform the lives of others.

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Combining her personal life experience, with over ten years of empowering others, Maria is best known for her ability to boost women out of their self-doubting beliefs, and challenge them to regain their power within, and push to greatness. As a Mirror Work Coach, MariaMichell’lee is a powerhouse encouraging women to speak their truth from the inside out.  

When Maria is not travelling for work, you will find her enjoying family time with her husband and High School Sweetheart of over 20 years, and their three amazing children, Rashaun, Soraya, and Kaemon.

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Overwhelmed by the transition to entrepreneurship?

I’ve been there. When I left the corporate and small business worlds to start my own business, I didn’t know what I was in for. I saw other women living lives that I wanted to be mine, and wondered, “How are they doing it?” Knowing something had to give, I totally changed the way I’m running and building my business.

As a mother, blogger, mentor, speaker and business owner, I am used to balancing the demands of many roles. It is hard to “do it all,” and I have learned how to adjust to those expectations. Stick with me and you’ll be diving into your business with fresh eyes and a growth-centered mindset faster than you ever imagined!

It all came to a head in the Fall of 2015. With my daughter’s autism diagnosis and my postpartum depression following my son’s birth, my Spring/Summer that year had been pretty rough. I was feeling pretty kicked around — to say the least. As I was crawling out of the dark and twisty places life had cornered me in that year, I knew that everything had changed.

For many reasons, I couldn’t go back to my corporate life. One of the biggest reasons was that my perspective on how I was going to live my life had changed. A shift had happened. My time away from my children was going to be spent doing things that I was passionate about. Doing things that got me pumped about life. In May of 2016, I went out on my own and started my business. It was great. I was finally doing things that had me pumped about my time away from my kids. I had the flexibility to spend more time with them. At the end of the day, I had the energy to work in my household and my marriage.

But, while I was living my passion and excited about my life again, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Previously, I was a teacher, a sales professional, marketing leader and client services manager. By setting clear objectives, I succeeded in each role, even though they were in different industries.

But being an entrepreneur was a whole new world. I felt the loneliness. I had self-doubt. I didn’t know where to start…and I wasn’t the only one in this boat.

Whether I’m out speaking to a room full of female entrepreneurs or leading a workshop, one of the things that I hear over and over again from these amazing women is how great it is to be out from behind their desks and surrounded by a group of like-minded women. And as our conversation continues, it becomes clear that they are looking for a tribe of women that they can connect and collaborate with regularly in an environment that is welcoming, encouraging and safe enough to let their walls down and share. I needed a community like this too. One that encourages fellow members as they conquer fears, overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. A tribe that leaves me with a new comfort level and the confidence I’m craving to expand my growth and limits — both personally and professionally.

And most importantly, I wanted a place that would offer me more than inspiration. One that would give me the actionable advice, education and mentorship, support and accountability that we all need.

And from these conversations and my own needs, Fempire Builders was born.

You see, it’s not just me. And it’s not just you. We are not alone. And when we come together, it’s a powerful thing. With the Fempire Builders community supporting me and holding me accountable, I have experienced the business growth that previously I had only dreamed about.

Just as it has been for other Fempire Builders, it will be the same for you, too. Wait and see!