I’ve had some key women in my life along the way that helped
shape who I am. I doubt that without their contributions, no item of clothing
alone would make me feel good. Success and confidence starts on the inside. For
me, the first person who really inspired me to go after goals and dreams was
one of my former teachers and cheerleading coach, Mrs. Stephens. She sought me
out and sent word to me through another coach while I was in the eighth grade
that she wanted me to try out for her high school cheerleading team.  Me? A cheerleader? I was a gawky,
unattractive, shy, socially awkward teenager. I was a high academic achiever,
but not good at sports and not confident to do anything outside the academic
arena.  I had no idea who this lady was,
but after some discussion with Coach Johnson, I decided to go ahead and try out
for the cheerleading team. After all, Mrs. Stephens asked for me. Me?
Really?  (I made the team and was captain
during my junior and senior years.)  Mrs.
Stephens also taught English, journalism, and an “I Can” class that was all
about self-confidence.  Through her
mentoring and encouragement during her classes, I became a more confident and
more well-rounded person.  All she really
gave was a little of her time, but that went a long way.

Today I’m teaming up with Shopstyle and Dress for Success to
talk about empowerment and to give back. It’s the perfect time of the year for giving
back.  Dress for Success helps empower
women to achieve financial independence and does so by providing in both ways I’ve
spoken about above.  They provide outfits
for interviews and training to build skills, thereby building confidence in
women.  Today and tomorrow, I’m donating
10% of all my sales and earnings through my affiliate links to Dress for
Success. Shopstyle is matching that contribution by 100%. See more details about how this works and the disclaimer here. So get busy shopping
my post, knowing that we are contributing to a worthy cause.  Thanks for your support!

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