In this series, I interview women who boost other women’s confidence. They share their personal stories, top tips, and talk really honestly about what makes them feel great.
Here’s Marsha Powell talking openly about her own experience, and why she helps young women develop their own positive identities.
WHAT DO YOU DO, MARSHA?
I teach young women of the future to believe in themselves, whilst supporting them to develop healthy and positive identities.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START DOING THIS?
I started the business in 2012, the year after my mum died.
I had been working in Canary Wharf for 15 years and decided I wanted to make a real difference in girls and young women’s lives. The death of my mum made me realise how short life can be and how important it is to live on your own terms.
I wanted to create a legacy organisation that was underpinned with my mum’s values of unconditional care. With that said, BelEve UK was born.
“CONFIDENCE IS A MINDSET, WHICH DEVELOPS INTO AN ACTION”.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?
I enjoy seeing young women achieving their aspirations, no matter how small their aspirations are.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A CLIENT FEELS MORE CONFIDENT OR FEELS BETTER ABOUT THEIR APPEARANCE?
The transformation always manifests in how they talk about themselves.
I have experienced a very low-confident person develop into a confident individual who is sure about themselves and where they are going.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER WOMEN TO HELP THEM FEEL MORE CONFIDENT?
I always encourage women to start with falling in love with themselves.
This may sound crazy, however if you are able to appreciate yourself, what you have to offer yourself and others, your confidence will grow.
Confidence is a mindset, which develops into an action.
WHAT HELPS YOU PERSONALLY TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN GENERAL?
I am clear on who I am and my purpose, this in itself gives me confidence to show up.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
Always focus on being the best you, and everything else will follow. Like I said confidence is a mind-set.
Marsha and the BelEve UK team have been commissioned by Lewisham Council to deliver female empowerment events for 13+ Girls and young women over the next year. The events will focus on a wide range of subjects including The Impact of Social Media on Girls and how some amazing women have used social media positively to get ahead.
You can find out more about Marsha, her amazing team, and BelEveUK events on their website on Facebook on twitter and over on instagram @BelEveUK