Confidently and courageously burn-survivor Kelly Falardeau recalled the years of painful surgeries, name calling and looks that followed an accident, at the age of two, that left her with burns to 75% of her body. Her stories had the Fort McMurray Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series audience in awe, as she shared her journey from near death to success.
Before the success, she struggled with low self-confidence, self-love, and self-esteem. She gave the audience examples of her imperfect body, “I have crooked fingers, crooked arms, scars all over my chest, back, arms and legs, my breast are too low, and I’m missing a nipple.” She said, “you have to quit calling yourself names. I had to focus on not calling myself ‘ugly’ when I looked in the mirror. I started to love the little parts of me, and focus on them; like my eyes, I really love my green eyes.” She told the crowd to stop comparing yourself to what you think is good-looking, and radiate your beauty from the inside out, “I gave myself permission to love my beauty, and that’s when I started to feel beautiful.”
The talk transitioned from how she gained confidence by loving herself, into how she became successful, “dreams are meant to be found, not tucked away in dreamland.” Falardeau says, “you have to take risks, you have to feel the fear of uncertainty, rejection, and failure and do it anyway.” She demonstrates with personal life experiences, like dating, that, “we’re scared of rejection and failure because we believe it causes pain.” But, with examples from her own life, she shows that by taking the positives from rejection or failure situations and moving on helps set you up to try again. The outcome of a situation is unknown until you try, and the outcome may just surprise you. Falardeau says she learned something great about herself, “if you push me off the cliff, I’ll fly.”
Today, Falardeau holds three best-selling author titles, she’s an award-winning, internationally sought after speaker, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient and a YWCA Woman of Distinction 2013.
All of this has come from her goal to help others, “I want you to love yourself from the inside out,” she laughs, “date yourself, give yourself permission to love yourself.” She ended the talk with a firm message for all, “say to yourself, ‘I am enough,’ because you are enough.”
She also promoted her Blankets of Love that she designs with positive, uplifting messages. They can be sponsored for burn survivors, or bought for personal use, and the proceeds go towards the cause.
Kelly Falardeau’s motivational speaking website: kellyfalardeau.com
The second event of the Fort McMurray Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series is just days away and tickets are still available. Diane Taylor is an entrepreneur who founded Glow Leadership Inc. and Elevate Love, a certified HR consultant, facilitator, coach, and speaker. She’s trained as a certified Business Leadership Coach. She quickly learned to develop the client in all areas of life, because she found when one area is being negatively effected, it can have harmful effects in another aspect. On October 7th in the Miskanaw Ballroom, at MacDonald Island Park she’ll inspire and motivate you to achieve a healthy work-life balance to help you function at your peak.
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Entrepreneur and founder of Glow Leadership, certified HR consultant, life coach, and blogger