Mariette Torres’s Story … #BossBabe Love Month Series
Okay, I’m back — yet again — to share with you the 7th last story of this series (only one more to go!) from a #BossBabe I just recently met who has an amazing story to share with you all. But before we dive in, just to re-cap why I’m doing this (in case this is the first story of this series that’s you’re reading) …
During my entrepreneurial adventures, I have been connecting with empowering women from all over the world and one day realized there was a need for more storytelling. Stories just like theirs needed to be spread socially through my blog for many reasons … First, to show support to all the hardworking women hustling out there to building their dream empires! I wanted to connect with these women to have them dig deep … tell the raw truth behind how they built their empires, their personal successes, their struggles and how they got to where they are today. And secondly, I am hoping that these #BossBabe stories will empower and inspire other women to follow their passion and make their dreams a reality by kicking discrimination to the curb.
Now, here today, I’m over the moon excited to share the last of the eight #BossBabe stories in this series.
Here is Mariette’s story …
Learning to love myself despite my mistakes, built my path to stability and success. But it wasn’t always that way …
My greatest weakness was that secretly I said terrible things to myself and never thought I was good enough. It is with this authentic knowledge that I found my calling and created the building blocks to my future.
Mental health challenges should not be viewed as a monolith and the solutions are equally as complex. I am a passionate voice and advocate for professional women who struggle with mental illness who often live in fear, shame and silence to share their truth. I share my journey of failure, fear and focus as a working woman with bipolar to encourage others to find their voice and their own path to stability.
Behavioral health professionals are skilled in providing medical and therapeutic options to working individuals who are challenged with mental health, but they often struggle on how to guide clients who have workplace issues related to mental illness. I also provide solutions for their clients who need practical and proactive legal counsel to create a more stable workplace environment. With employment legal issues handled, behavioral health professionals can maintain their focus on what they do best.
In order to understand my calling, understanding my story is vital. On the outside I appeared confident and outgoing, but on the inside, I struggled since I was about 18 years old, with hypomanic bipolar which caused crippling self doubt, constant racing thoughts, heavy anxiety, constant nervousness about the past, present and future, fear over disappointing others, and deadening depression.
Like many who have mental health challenges, I went to a psychiatrist, who provided me with multiple medications that only worked out occasionally. I spent most of my life in a daily sickening fear that others would know the truth … that I had no idea what I was doing. No matter what they all thought, I had a Bachelors, Masters and Law Degree as well as countless hours amassing my skills in voice, dance and public speaking but yet I still I felt like a fraud. I felt that I was limping along in life with no end in sight. But it wasn’t until I went past rock bottom that my transformation began.
Learning effective coping skills was the key to my success in both personal and business life. The 10-minute habit was the greatest skill I ever learned that set me on the path to success. Learning that skill helped me build my habits and ineffective coping skills over the course of decades, and to alter them takes small yet consistent rerouting was life changing. I started with 10 minutes of meditation, 5 days a week for 30 days. I then took up exercising and did that for about 10 minutes a day, roughly 3 to 5 days a week for 30 days. I now use it to develop any new habit from academic to business to mindset management.
I found my passion by becoming crystal clear on my strengths, weaknesses and personality traits. I was always seeking my purpose and was one of those who took countless free personality assessments to understand what my life purpose and strengths were.
The change finally happened for me when I accepted my strengths and sought help to find out how I could mold my skills, strengths, passions and values. I listened to the Ken Coleman podcast for months, doing the work he recommended, listening to how he helped other callers find their passion. I then decided to be courageous and apply to be a guest on his show. Working with him for just a few mins to gain that additional piece of clarity led me to the path I’m on today.
Being successful in life means learning that you need to begin from where you are in the present. From there, anything is possible.
To keep up with Mariette’s ever-growing #BossBabe adventure, here are her online handles …
If today’s #BossBabe story resonated with you … empowered you … and you found it to be exactly the inspiration were looking for, I would be very grateful (and so would the storyteller) if you would help it spread by sharing it on social media or emailing it to a friend. You never know whose life a passionate story, just like this one might change.
Would you like to world to hear your story? Want to shout it from the rooftop? Do you want to inspire other women to follow their passion and make their dreams a reality?
Feel free to drop me a line, connect with me on LinkedIn or post your comments on Virtually Untangled’s Facebook page so we can make it happen. Together, let’s share the raw truth behind how you built your empire …!
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