Imposter Syndrome is a Total Bitch and I Hate Her – Nickel City Wax and Wane

Imposter Syndrome is a Total Bitch and I Hate Her

So, let’s talk about talk about imposter syndrome! I’ve been talking a lot lately about how fearless the kids are that I work with at the studio. I'm in awe of their ability to come in and show up as authentically as they are and to wholeheartedly believe in what it is they're creating. Working on this Kids Entrepreneurial Art Camp the last few months has really taught me more than I could have ever imagined about our ability to let our limiting beliefs and imposter syndrome really get in the way of our joy, passions, creativity, and ability to just see ourselves for the amazing creators that we are.

What is imposter syndrome?

Simply put, it’s the belief that we are undeserving of our achievements and the recognition that comes with it. We feel we aren’t smart enough, competent enough as others think we are and eventually they’ll see who we really are, and be disappointed. It can keep us from growth and moving forward in our personal and professional lives.

I want to be as fearless as the children I work with and I'm going to dedicate each and every day to doing just that. I'm going to choose one small action that will make it easier and easier for me to not think twice, to be unapologetic AF, and to show up 100% as who I am because I love who I am. And it’s taken a lot of internal work to even say that, let alone believe it.

I love empowering these young creatives to see just how valuable they are, to see that their voice matters, to see that what they create has purpose and brings joy to others. I can't wait to see what else I can do with this program and how far I can push into this world of empowerment. If we start young hopefully, we can instill confidence over long periods of time. Confidence that will never go away and we will watch these kids flourish, watch them expand and believe in themselves in ways that some of us never got to do or maybe some of us just forgot what it was like.

I was listening to my morning podcast, and the speaker had posed the question, “what would your 13-year-old self be upset that you didn't end up doing as an adult?” That really got me thinking about how I had lost my voice, how I was so sure of myself back then and as time went on, all of the hardships, all of the trauma, all of the things that I had come up against… the people I had come up against… I allowed those situations and some of those people too make me scared to use my voice. I've worked really hard over the last few years to get it back and I'm just really happy to be able to help support others in finding their voice, knowing their worth; especially if it's from such a young age.

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