"Stories" from the Collective (YOU)

My Journey Back to Confidence

by Sarah

The view from my balcony in Vina del Mar

The view from my balcony in Vina del Mar

After the break-up of a very long-term relationship, I felt like my self-confidence and self-worth was lost. I was in my mid-30s, unmarried and without children - all the things I thought I'd wanted in my life.

I had no job and very little money - I had some business ideas, but I wasn't sure where to turn.

By chance, on Twitter, I saw someone mention a scheme run by the Chilean Government where they would invest a large sum of money into start-up business ideas. The only condition was that you had to move to Chile and live there for six months!

My circumstances worked in my favour - I was able to pack up my suitcase and get to Chile within 6 weeks of being told that I'd been accepted onto the scheme.

Moving to another country, where I knew no one, all by myself was the bravest thing I ever did, and the journey and time I spent there filled me with self-confidence.

I met inspiring people and made incredible friends along the way.

I traveled around and sampled all that Latin America had to offer me. It was a journey to self-confidence.

I love your story, Sarah, as it shows what can come from adversity, IF we let it... if we allow ourselves to grow, via not letting fear keep us small. And what courage it must have taken for you to up sticks and head on over to Chile. (A country I would love to to visit, by the way, to practice my Spanish!)

So thank you so much for sharing.

The story kind of (!) reminds me of my ebook, "The Top 10 Relationship Questions... Answered!" if only because each page encourages you to look at yourself, real close, so you can know Who You Really Are. As Sarah found out for herself, a little more anyways.

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