TEDxChilliwack April 2017
How the United Way helps: one family’s story
You just never know when you might need the type of help funded by the United Way Fraser Valley. Just ask Chilliwack’s Kim Gemmell (pictured here with her son, UFV student Avery Gemmell).
Their family benefited for many years from agencies and services partially funded by the United Way. Kim is an advocate for giving to support your community because she knows what it’s like to need help.https://goo.gl/ExXVfC
Love where I live
On the Road Again
Well after feeling a little deflated and frustrated, I am renewed and ready to follow my dream. After all, my words to live by are; faith, persistence and desire, so I surely can't give up.
I've been told countless times that it is near impossible for a new author to make any serious market penetration, but I refused to believe this to be me. It has been two years since publication and through it all there have been times where I have felt like giving up, and have taken a little hiatus, but if I can't practise what I preach, what kind of role model would I be?
Something is to be said for determination, and that should have been my middle name. So after a little time off and feeling overwhelmed at the countless hours I have spent trying to market Bravery, I am coming back with a vengeance! My battery has recharged and I am using a new direction and approaches to marketing Bravery, along with my inspirational speaking.
The amazing feedback from readers has helped me believe this is a quest worth fighting for. Thank you everyone for all your support.
From the heart
After about 20 speaking engagements I decided to go ''off the cuff,'' and go on stage without my notes. I thought to myself... why not, you know your story, heck you wrote a book about it... why need a script to talk about it. Whenever I hear someone speak without any aids, it comes across more authentic.
I always get really nervous every time I'm about to speak, and I'm afraid I will choke, but I knew I had to give it a try; I wasn't going to get any more ready than I already was. After all, what's the worst that could happen???
To my surprise, my presentation went very well, and I believe it reached my audience on a more passionate level. I'm not sure if there is a moral to the story other than what my motto has always been since I can remember, ''you never know unless you try.