Bronwyn Oldham Photography
Last weekend, I spoke at the E.D.E.N Conference at the Cliffs Pavilion. I was the first speaker and therefore, “the warm up man” as it were and at 9:45am on a Sunday morning, I knew I had to help fire the audience up and try and set the mood for the day. If you have ever been to a full day conference, you will know, it can take an hour or so for things to get warmed up and it’s so important to start off on the right foot, or it can all go downhill very quickly…..The pressure was on!
The day was all about empowerment, and it was this we owed the women in the audience, all of whom had given up their Sunday to come along and share the day with us.
Since attending the Power to Achieve, I’m far more “here” and I have no qualms about speaking my truth. Nor do I shrink on the stage, because I know now, I have as much right to be in this world as anyone else and that gives me freedom to do whatever I please. Realising your own worth is amazingly empowering.
The audience were amazing. They got me, and I got them and I truly hoped that I had helped them realise their worth in this unforgiving world. All throughout the day I found myself in strangers arms – I’m not sure I’ve ever been hugged so much in one day before!
The feedback and response from women in the room was beautiful. Some said that after my talk, they had pushed themselves to do something they wouldn’t normally do – Some little thing that would seem so ordinary to most people but one that took a lot of courage for these women. It actually brought a lump to my throat, and I cursed a cruel world responsible for such debilitation to the human soul.
In the past week, I have received messages from some of these women, thanking me and telling me how, in some way, my talk had changed their lives. I feel incredibly humbled by all of this so I’m thanking the Universe for allowing me to touch lives – What an honour.
There is a Blog online by a young lady in Southend. She talks about the conference and about part of my talk she says this:
“That image will always stick with me now for as long as I live, and give me the courage to carry on laughing and living.”
All I have to say about that is WOW! You can read the rest of what she had to say here: Love Southend
What I didn’t manage to do,was push the record button on my phone, even though I’d set it up – Instead, somehow, I had got caught up with Powerpoint slides for the stage! I did manage a few hand signals from the stage to the lovely Linda at the back and she did capture some of it on her phone. She get’s quite vocal toward the end and yes, that’s really how she talks – a bit of a Lovie our Linda, all grease paint and props. She is currently involved in “Get Got” for anyone interested.
I’ve managed to put bits of it together, so if you have a spare 6 or so minutes, you can play it at the end.
I personally was inspired by so many people that day. The rest of the speakers: Anna Heim, Jamillah Yoozooph and Jil Poet. Our Workshop leaders, Dusty Bottoms & Rachel Black. Our Poet Susan Giles. Our MC Julia Hantig. Our Photographer Bronwyn Oldham and ladies in the audience that included, Bernie Bentley, Hildah Mulenga and Ria. Not forgetting of course, the whole SWP team.
I must spare a thought here for the women in my Turkish family. My mother in law, sister in laws and aunts. For all of their subservient ways, I don’t know any of them that suffer from confidence issues or insecurities. Given such a loving and supportive environment to grow in, definitely shows in them.
If you have a woman in your life, be it a mother, sister, aunt, lover or friend, use your voice to lift her up because sometimes, she needs reminding of just how amazing she is.
Peace out X