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The start of something new (and hopefully inspiring)

That title is too much. I had to restrain every fibre of my being NOT to belt out High School Musical, whilst writing this post in the middle of a quaint cafe somewhere in North London.

Well folks, for a while I have debated starting this blog. Should I? Shouldn't I? Will anyone read this? Am I that interesting? Well I guess that's subjective... I'll leave you to make your own conclusions.

But in all seriousness, I've been wanting to share my journey for a while now as a Self-confidence & Mindset coach, a woman on her own self-development journey, AND an entrepreneur. So it should hopefully appeal to quite a few of you.

I thought I'd start by making a few promises to you about what I intend this blog to be.

1. I promise to be 100% authentic, transparent and open.

2. I promise to keep my dad jokes to a minimum.

3. I promise to share a real and honest look at what self-development journeys entail (even from a so-called 'expert' like myself who's been elbow deep in this work since she was fifteen).

4. I promise to provide as much value as possible to those of you who are either a fellow entrepreneur or have made the scary yet vital decision to improve their self-confidence.

I think that's enough for now.

So I thought for this first post I would start by telling you a very short and succinct (I promise) version of who the girl behind Megan Nicola is, and how she got to where she is today.

I was born in Africa.

If you don't get the Mean Girls reference then you should probably just click the big old 'X' button on the RHS of your screen now and save yourself the misery.

I was born in Zimbabwe, moved to the UK when I was five, moved back to Africa when I was thirteen, and then moved to London from Cape Town on a cold and miserable January 10th 2016.

My first job out of high school (yup, never went to college or uni) was working for Cosmopolitan magazine in Cape Town, which began my love affair with writing. But I knew that the 'not-so-glamourous-yet-glamorous-looking' job wasn't for me. In fact, no 9-5 job floated my boat in any shape or form, and I started to feel like something was wrong with me.

By this time I had already been doing self-development work for the last couple of years and realised that I loved this stuff. I was constantly harping on about mindset to anyone who would briefly look my way, and I knew I had to somehow turn it into a full-time career.

So I started as a personal stylist, incorporating personal styling with coaching. I quickly realised I loved the coaching aspect waaaaaay more, and by this stage I had already moved to London and been in three failed fashion internships with narcissistic bosses. God/Universe/Jesus definitely moulded this one particular boss from Devil Wears Prada.

Anna Wintour had NOTHING on this woman.

That sad little person was me. Filled with big dreams, she'd moved half way across the world at twenty-one by herself, and was now living in her aunt's living room. The whole reason I'd moved to London was to start fresh and finally build my dream career after my mum had sadly passed away a few months prior.

Anyway, I picked myself up, dusted off my big girl panties and later that year started my own business as an online coach. I dropped the personal styling aspect and decided to dedicate all my time on educating other women on how to build self-confidence.

I'd endured every knock of confidence you can imagine, had a lack mentality when it came to everything including money, and the highs and lows of building your own business. Oh, let's not forget the dozens of failed 'relationships' thanks to low self-worth and a healthy dose of Tinder.

Fast forward a couple of years (because I've been babbling. Sorry?) and I've built a community of amazing women all on their very own mission to bettering themselves, their careers and lives.

I'm so ridiculously passionate about sharing the profound and life-changing tools that helped me fall in love with myself, take back control of my mindset, and change my life.

But I'm equally as passionate about debunking the myth that an entrepreneur in the self-development industry NEVER has meltdowns. So there will be a healthy dose of real, upfront honesty about growing a business as well as working on my own self-confidence and love.

I still have massive goals for my business and life, but I hope this blog can serve as inspiration to go out there and turn your dreams into a reality.

Because, girl, if I can do it, you can too.