Trying to be confident in today’s world is tough. Brutal, actually.
When was the last time you got on social media and thought,
“Man, that really helped me feel better about myself?”
Give me a break!
Then hop in; we’re going for a ride.
OK, so you’ve got some confidence issues. Of course you do! Who doesn’t these days? In a world where women are constantly bombarded by unrealistic beauty standards, “Sunday best” glimpses into the lives of others via social media, and TEDx talks on how to give perfect TEDx talks, where does an Average Jane fit in?
Meet Alex Perry: successful entrepreneur; speech language pathologist; TEDx speaker; and one proud, minivan-driving mom from the Midwest. Having started her business from the ground up and navigated around road blocks, potholes, and traffic jams, she understands what it’s like to struggle with confidence, especially when it feels like the road ahead is always bumpy. Through her honest and delightfully-awkward personal anecdotes, Alex encourages women to apply the brakes when confronted with confidence dead ends—pointless comparisons, insincerity, and stubborn independence, oh my!—and instead steer toward authenticity, support, and determination. Her witty, insightful, and caring guide will empower you to cruise through life’s twists and turns with more joy, more peace, and the kind of success that is only found through true confidence.
Now grab yourself a cold drink, climb in, and hold on tight*; it’s time for your crash course.
(*Seriously … hold on tight, bring some extra Cheetos, and please don’t make Alex parallel park.)
|Publisher:||Warren Publishing NC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)|
Table of Contents
Road Rule 1: When in doubt, steer toward confidence 9
“Being anything other than confident seems like a lot of work” 12
Confidence doesn’t come in a syringe 13
Next time, I’m ordering the pizza 17
P.S.-ing my way out of the box 21
Define “effusive” 25
I blame elementary school and Brené Brown for this 29
Rearview Reflection 32
Road Rule 2: Keep your eyes on the road in front of you 33
Social media scrolling 35
“Comparison is the thief of joy until you realize you’re better than
everyone else” 39
“What is it about you that I don’t like about me?” 40
What we miss when we compare 42
You are one in a million or trillion or some crazy number like that 45
Rearview Reflection 48
Road Rule 3: When someone catches you singing at a stop light,
smile and wave! 49
There’s nothing unique about me 52
Ever tried to Skype in Arabic? 54
What’s in a name? 59
You’re making things awkward 62
Rearview Reflection 66
Road Rule 4: It’s OK to stop and ask for directions. 67
What do you do when you’re literally stuck? 70
Teenager + Shopping = Angst 77
Google doesn’t have all of the answers 81
Rearview Reflection 87
Road Rule 5: No matter how rough the road gets, just keep going 89
School fundraisers stink 92
We don’t poop on Hazel Dell 96
It’s not easy breaking your heart 100
Finish what you’ve started 106
Rearview Reflection 111