I was born into a very traditional British family but grew up in sunny South Africa. As a child I was brought up to be seen and not heard and so I was a very diligent, quiet and obsessively perfectionist (story for another day LOL) child.
As I got older this persona just didn’t feel right and I started to voice my opinion more… and boy did I! I have never been rude or disrespectful but I tell it like it is, because that’s how I wished everyone would treat me. Weirdly this got me really far in the corporate world…well until I wouldn’t play the political game of course.
When I first moved to the U.K I came to experience a whole new culture that I wasn’t used to. I found myself holding back a lot in order to conform to social norms.
For ages I did this, but then I realised that I wasn’t being true to myself, my voice mattered, and I wasn’t going to be ashamed to be 100% me going forward!