Category Archives: #mybrilliantconfidence stories

Helping Those With Cancer: My Ordinary Life Can Be Something Extraordinary

My confidence journey has waxed and waned through my 33 years of life. When I was 5 years old I was in a golf cart accident. While sitting on my Dad’s lap the golf cart began to slip down a steep wet grass hill into a forest where a tree branch cut up the entire […]

The Small and Simple Things Bring Joy

I’ve had two times in my life I have felt scared, lost, alone, afraid, and depressed. They both have to do with the births of my children. The first, the birth of my first child, Lucy. About 20 weeks into my pregnancy I began getting really bad headaches. After a visit with my OB I […]

Recognize the Beautiful Person You Are: Then Choose to Believe It

My father served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, my mom battled breast cancer, I paid my way through a college degree, I chose and continue to choose an amazing spouse, I taught in a classroom for three years, created three almost four unbelievable children, and realized all of these are a result […]

The Unknown Scared Me: Having a Child with Down Syndrome

Ten years ago I gave birth to my fourth child Ada. Shortly after she was born I learned she had Down Syndrome. She also had multiple holes in her heart that would require surgery. My entire world came tumbling down. I had no idea what having a child with Down Syndrome would mean for me […]

I’m Brave Enough, Smart Enough and Deserving Enough

Statistically I should be a self-loathing, man-hating addict. My parents divorced and despised one another, an example set by each of their parents. My grandfather was a pedophile. I remember thinking at his funeral, “I will never be a victim again.” So, when I married who I thought would be my forever soulmate, I chose […]

Single Mom, Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Finding Myself

It was my dream to grow up, meet the perfect man, get married, have children and live happily ever after. I was raised by supporting parents and a loving community. I was not always the perfect daughter (none of us are), but I tried to be. I believed if I made good choices I could […]

My brilliant plan: I was confident things would go just the way I wanted

My brilliant plan: I was confident things would go just the way I wanted I had big plans for my life. I knew just how it would go. I made my list of goals and set about checking them off one at a time. College scholarship: check! Graduate from college: check! Get married: check! Start […]

Small Acts: Changed For Good

I am fortunate and have had many opportunities to travel around the world, but surprisingly I had never been to New York City. When PMD Beauty was invited to attend NewBeauty’s #newbeautyreportlive as well as meeting with several magazine editors I knew it was the perfect opportunity to see the city while promoting our products. […]

Losing a Child: Gaining Confidence to Face the Unknown

Imagine yourself totally outside your comfort zone. I never dreamed in a million years something like this would happen to me. My name is Darby, I am 27 years old and a stay at home mother of 4. I am going to share with you an experience that helped me find #mybrilliantconfidence. 3 ½ years […]

Finding “Brilliant Confidence” While Raising 4 Boys

Having 4 boys (in 5 years) I get asked all the time, “Do you wish you had a girl?” Without hesitation I answer, “No way!” I love my boy’s and love being the only girl even more. But let’s be honest, becoming a “boy mom” (as I refer to myself) did not come naturally. I [...]
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