These two little words have so much power but until last year, I had no idea the true strength within them. For me, #ownit is about determination, confidence, strength, motivation and the ability to laugh at yourself. It is never arrogance but a humble and strong understanding of who you are and being comfortable in that.
Every time I put on my #ownit necklace, I stand taller; it fills me with self-confidence and it reminds me that I own my place in the world. That is the true power of Candid Jewellery.
My #ownit journey started recently when I was made redundant from a corporate job that I had held for nine years. At the time I had a choice; to get up, brush myself off and move on OR I could have sat back and blame the world. I chose the first option and when an opportunity for coffee with an old friend presented new directions, I grabbed it.
Through my involvement as part of Team Candid, I have come
to really understand the ‘power’ of owning who you
are and what you stand for.
It is the strength that allows you to be ok with who you are, brush off the things that get you down and move forward. You are the only one that can.
Like many great business ideas, The Own It Project was developed over a cup of coffee with an ex-collogue Katherine Grantham. We gave life to our dreams through creating a clear vision, to offer a unique and holistic approach to health and wellbeing. We committed to starting a business that we believe will help change the mindsets of a generation.
Our mission is to empower people from all walks of life with skills and knowledge to understand how they can change their own world. We want to build mental and physical health and well-being through a unique and transparent program. We aim to dilute the stigma around mental health and provide people with the tools to own who they are and the decisions that they make.
Through our projects, we surround people with positive and inspirational mentors. These mentors will help guide and build each individual’s personal brand through education, stories and experience. Empowering each of them with the skills and knowledge to change their own world. We are here to surround people with positive people to create more positive people.
Many people have asked me…so how do I #ownit?
I believe it starts with understanding your personal brand so much so, that no one can take that away from you.
In my life, I have learnt that having a strong understanding of who you are is the power of owning you. Taking responsibility for your actions, making a choice, changing any negative self-talk, trusting your gut feeling and most of all backing yourself. You are the only one that can change your own world.
Say these words to yourself and feel the power behind them: I OWN IT
I own my ‘personal brand’
I own my body
I own my decisions
I own my choices
I own my actions
I own my successes
I own my failures
I own that challenge
I own me.....
#ownit is the Candid piece of jewellery I wear to remind myself that I am strong, confident and in control. For anyone that wants to #ownit, know that you can. Life throws you all kinds of curve balls, catch them and throw them straight back. Be confident. Walk into a room and know who you are. Be determined. You’re the only one that can make things happen. Embrace who you are and #ownit.
As I reflect on the past year and look forward to the incredibly exciting year that is 2016, I am so thankful for every moment in my life.
When you open yourself up to opportunities wonderful things happen. I can honestly say that without Candid Jewellery I would not be following my dreams; I would not have truly understood the power of the words #ownit and I wouldn’t have been building a business which I truly believe will change a generation. To me, this is the power of Candid Jewellery and to everyone I have met along the way, worked with and been involved with in the Candid journey - I thank you.