P 15: Finding confidence and self-belief w/|Felicity
This story is about perseverance, the kindness of strangers, and the support of friends. In this episode, Felicity shares her story. Growing up in east London was not easy for her, as she did not start with the usual mother and father environment. Felicity still manages to navigate her way through life, despite the challenges she encounters. She shares what she has learnt and implemented along the way to help shape the person she is today.
Along the way, Felicity finds interesting jobs like working as a security guard, jobs that helped her survive. Seeking out advice from strangers along the way made her very vulnerable, avoiding crime and drugs, partly because of the auntie that raised her, who was straightlaced. It helped that she worked with younger kids and was a magazine director at the local community centre, where she wrote and learnt about drugs. Participation in schemes like the Duke of Edinburgh's Award developed her independence skills and cultivated a positive mindset.
She went from being bullied to transforming her life after completing her Psychology degree, which gave her confidence, and belief in education. This achievement helped her understand self-confidence, planning, strategy, teamwork, and the importance of focus. It also helped her understand the importance of support. There is a point in her journey when she realises that she cannot continue living the way she was.
Nowadays, Felicity continues to work hard as an owner of properties with another business that sells dolls (find her @felizfelizz2020 on Instagram and Facebook). She values freedom, independence and wants to retire on a beach with cocktails. The independence and freedom that it offers are what she wants, not money. Her advice to others is to ask for help and not think that you are not good enough.