In a June 2014 article author Elizabeth Kesses detailed the body image and self esteem issues that plagued her childhood and early adulthood:
“ I was a happy little girl but as I progressed through primary school, my smiles were cracking. The truth was that I suffered from extremely low self-esteem, experienced bullying at school and generally felt like an oddball. By the age 10 I had started refusing to have my photo taken at all.
“It began with crumbling inner confidence. I was acutely aware of what I looked like and compared myself to my peers. I wore geeky glasses, had buck teeth and frizzy hair. I was bullied mercilessly at school, called every name under the sun – 'metal mouth' for my braces, 'kiss-ass' for liking studies and 'four eyes' due to my short-sightedness. I was plagued by a constant feeling deep down that I just wasn't enough – not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough”.
Now a confident successful author with her body image and self esteem issues behind her, Elizabeth Kesses as spoken about* the enlightening lessons the painful experiences has taught her:
“Low self esteem can affect every part of your life; your relationships, career and overall well-being. If you don't feel that you're good enough you won't choose what’s best for you as you just don't think you deserve it.
“True confidence doesn't come from buying the perfect dress, having flawless skin or silky hair. Confidence comes from knowing who you are and liking it and building your own life around passions and talents. I used to have a job in the corporate world, but it never made me very happy. As soon as I gave it up to become a writer, I started to believe in myself. We can all take small steps that help build our self worth. From ignoring that negative critic in our own heads, to dedicating time to finding our true passions in life. Helping others actually triggers a pleasure part of your brain, boosting your own confidence. I try to finish in today focusing on the positives, celebrating three things that went well undertaking and taking a short moment to rejoice".
• Morning Stories - Sky News