Confidence Stories


Confidence: Step by Step

Confidence: Step by Step


Posted By on Aug 28, 2017

This summer, I walked 275 miles, halfway across northern Spain, along the Camino de Santiago. Before we left for the Pilgrimage, my husband, Henry, and I emailed our family and friends: “We would love to carry your prayer requests with us. If you are interested, please send us your list and we will offer up your requests as we walk along ‘The Way.'” What we received added up to a 6-page, double-sided,10 point font,...

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Do You Talk Too Much?

Do You Talk Too Much?


Posted By on Aug 22, 2017

Do you ever wonder if you talk too much? If so, don’t count on people to let you know. They don’t want to hurt your feelings or be confrontational. Instead, their body language will tell you. Their eyes will glaze-over, they’ll check their phone, yawn, or offer a flimsy exit line, then head for the bathroom or bar. Are they being rude, selfish, or impatient? Maybe, but it’s tough for people to break away if you’re dominating the...

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“My boss called. ‘I have unfortunate news for you. We’re letting you go.’ He kept talking, but I didn’t hear a word he said. In an instant, my identity as a mortgage executive was gone. In 26 years, I never had to look for a job. I had always been recruited away. It felt like I was swimming alone in an ocean, asking, “Who am I?” That’s how Bronwyn Morrissey described her feelings after getting fired. She was devastated and confused....

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Happy New Year. Did you see any of those holiday media messages urging you to review 2016? “Find the Good! Blow-off the Bad! Make 2017 the best year ever!” Ahhh, loving and hating those New Year’s Resolutions. My sister, Missy, says her New Year’s Resolutions are always the same: Less sugar. More Yoga. Don’t procrastinate. (According to Nielson, American’s #1 New Year’s Resolution is getting fit; it’s also one of the first abandoned.)...

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Last month, I visited a refugee camp in Rwanda, a place I never imagined I would go. It’s called Gihembe. Rwanda is in East Africa. Geographically, it is smaller than the state of Maryland, but has 12-million people. It is notorious for its devastating Genocide in 1994, where one million people were killed in 100-days. After the killings, those who committed acts of genocide invaded the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo,...

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Greetings from Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. It is hot, humid, and spectacularly beautiful. I am fortunate to be on a Women’s Leadership Trip, presenting the Confidence Project to the next generation of African change-makers. This leadership trip was coordinated by These Numbers Have Faces staff. I’ve had a chance to work with this group previously and learn about the extraordinary work they are doing to empower young,...

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