Be heard. Be seen. Be you.
Hello and welcome to Untold Stories. I spent years not living the life I wanted. Depression, anxiety and fear stopped me. Utter desperation, and pure dumb luck, led me to stumble onto a course that within twelve weeks led me to authentic confidence. So this is what it’s like to feel good about myself! Life is too short not to take that step. Let’s live our lives. Now!
My name is Jane Timberlake and I lost the first forty-five years of my life to depression. For most of that time I didn’t even know I was depressed. I was shy, I was alone, and I made one bad decision after another. It never occurred to me to go to my GP. There was no cure to being a loser. Finally, a crisis got out of hand and I was diagnosed with severe depression. I was so relieved! I finally knew what was wrong with me.
Years later, I was no better. Unemployable, lacking any kind of skills whatsoever, I did something I had never done before: I signed up for a course. I would have to go to the trouble of travelling into town, when it was dark and cold, and, worst of all, take part, actually do things, with strangers. I was a dedicated couch potato, living vicariously through fictitious characters, and who had a hard time doing things I enjoyed with people I knew and even liked. But I knew I couldn’t let the second half of my life go the same way as the first. I don’t think I even knew a lack of confidence was my problem. I just considered myself incapable of anything. I was in search of skills for an idea way above my station (something about public storytelling) so I chose a course that used drama techniques, thinking, hoping, it would lead to me having the courage to go forward with my idea.
I went to the Intro evening and saw people looking how I felt - way out of my comfort zone, confused, so nervous I didn’t even have time to register how terrified I was, only able to recognise it on other peoples faces. By the end of that evening I was still nervous, but I was also glad, so very very glad, that I’d done it, that I’d been able to do it, mainly because I was there, had paid to be there, and I had to do something and not sit out and watch everybody else get on with it, like I usually do. I felt invigorated, and found myself looking forward to the course itself.
Twelve weeks later I was astounded at the difference in myself. I felt good! I felt hopeful! I felt worthy of the attention I was paid! I was aware that I wanted to keep going, so I did all the courses provided by Claire at Making Moves that I could.
A couple of years later I decided to train as a Life Coach. While working my way through the exercises I realised just how much my attitude towards myself had changed. I was confident! I wasn’t living in fear. I felt capable and worthy of the life I wanted. Around that time, on another of Claire’s courses, I suddenly realised that I truly accepted myself, that I was no longer hated myself for not being how I thought I should be.
I still struggle, I still have episodes, only now I know how to process those feelings and keep them to a minimum. I can cope. I’m now training with Claire so I can run courses based on her Sunflower Effect myself. I hope you join me, so you can live your life, and pursue what’s truly important to you with hope and joy.
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