Hi, my name is Brenda and I live in Niagara Canada. I’m a mother of 2 beautiful married daughters and 2 amazing grandsons. One is 5 and a half and the other will be 7 months old this Christmas. These 2 boys bring so much joy into my life and I love spending time with them and watching them grow.
Life is anything but boring for this 65 year old grandma. Besides taking care of our home, babysitting and working on my ‘special project’, my husband and myself work part-time for my daughter’s company (housekeeping and yard maintenance), where help with the accounting, consultations and sometimes lend a hand with some of their major cleanups and organizing (the company cleans up houses like the ones you see on those TV programs and we work with our regional offices to help stop clients from being evicted). I am also actively involved in our church, attending a ladies life group and volunteering for events.
My ‘special project‘ is my confidence building program. Because I struggled for most of my life with low esteem and depression, I understood how difficult life can be when you see things from a negative perspective. It affects all areas of your life and impacts the people around you in a very bad way. Once I discovered why I was stuck in a bad place and learned how to change my thinking, I was able to see life with a positive perspective and I wanted to help other people who were struggling. I created a website (www.imconfident.com) that contains all sorts of information on self-esteem. I also started facilitating workshops and then added Confidence Coaching.
My passion is to help people of all ages build confidence and increase their self-esteem. Through lived experiences, I have discovered that happiness and success are only possible if we have confidence in our abilities and strong self-esteem. Since we are not born with esteem, we can still learn how to develop it at any age. I know it is possible, because I had little esteem until a few years ago and would never have attempted writing or public speaking – now I am doing both!
I give credit for my wonderful life to God for lifting me up in my darkest hours and giving me hope, for Joyce Meyer who inspired me to change my life and for my awesome church that has brought me many new, supportive friends.
This year brought an unexpected surprise into my life. Stress has always been a problem and I find it hard to slow down with all the things going on around me. However, that all changed in September when I had a minor stroke and now I have no choice but to slow down. No more cleaning or filling my days with endless activity. I’ve pretty much recovered and only struggle with a numb thumb and upper lip but nobody really notices except me. The thumb makes me clumsier than normal and it is very frustrating when I can’t do things. However, I’m thankful that it wasn’t worse. Strokes can be very serious!