This week I've been interviewing guest experts for my upcoming Simple Self-Confidence Course, and I had the pleasure of meeting a truly amazing and beautiful woman, Karen Walrond.
Karen hangs with the likes of Brene Brown and Oprah, but she is a down-to-earth, beautiful spirit whose mission is to celebrate something we all have in common — imperfection.
Karen is a photographer, a writer, a speaker, and as she says on her award-winning blog, Chookooloonks, she is “wildly convinced you're uncommonly beautiful.” She is so convinced, in fact, that she published a book of imagery and portraiture, combining written essays and observations on the concept that what makes us different makes us beautiful — and may even be the source of our superpowers. The book is called The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit.
For my confidence course, Karen and I spoke a great deal about being different, having imperfections, and the impact these things have on our self-confidence. But Karen turns the traditional notion that being different is “bad” on its head. She believes, as I do, that our differences and our perceived imperfections are what make us unique, authentic, and interesting.
It is our imperfections that bind us to humanity and make us more approachable and connected with others. In fact, instead of allowing these imperfections to hold us back, they can actually be a source for building self-confidence. I am so excited about sharing her beautiful message and insights in my course.
In the meantime, I would love to share Karen's message with you in her 2012 TED talk in her hometown of Houston. You will love what Karen has to say.
Karen has graciously offered to give away three signed hard copies of her beautiful book, The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit.
Please make a comment below about how “being different” or how your imperfections have impacted your self-confidence (either positively or negatively), and we will choose the winners from your Tweets,
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If you have any questions for Karen, she would be delighted to answer them in the comments as well! Thank you Karen!