Imagine we’re in your favorite coffee shop or café. The air smells like chocolate and espresso. I bring you a cup of something cozy and then say, “Tell me about you.”
Your first reflex is to say you’re fine. That might be true but there’s also a part of you that’s tired of fighting the same battles with insecurity, anxiety, perfectionism or depression. You sometimes wish you could be more like someone else. You’ve tried hard to change parts of who you are but they seem to reappear, day after day, year after year. (Or someone you love, lead or share life with is coming to mind as I say all this.)
I understand because I’ve been there too. And here’s what I’ve come to believe…
Being an introvert isn’t a struggle, it’s your superpower.
You really can have what you need to embrace who you are and become all you’re created you to be…
Your work has helped play a part in shaping me into the person I am today: a centered, confident, happy woman who doesn’t take a day for granted. Here’s to never giving up and embracing imperfection along the way. – Jen
I read You’re Going to Be Okay cover to cover in three days and I can tell you that it truly changed my life. It completely transformed how I react to situations and how I handle worry, stress, anxiety, etc. You do an impeccable job at applying and combining The Word, real life experiences and science/research (which is really helpful to a medical brain!). – Maggie
Next to the Bible, Fiercehearted is the most underlined book I have ever owned. It’s like Holley knew my soul, my struggles, and said to me: “You are not alone.” She gave my heart oxygen and my soul food and this book is like a hug, a friendship to me, during a season where I need it so much. – Amazon review
Imagine waking up feeling confident in who you are, equipped and excited to do what you need to and feeling inspired about your life. When you become part of the community here this is what you can start experiencing.
I waited too long for my life to be different but you don’t have to.
Yep, I’ve Been There
In elementary school I hid in the bathroom because interacting with my classmates sometimes overwhelmed me. As a young woman I struggled with anxiety, depression, perfectionism and insecurity. Even into early middle age I kept asking the question, “What’s wrong with me?”
At some point I learned I was an introvert (INFJ). I began looking into how I was wired and read every article or book I could find. I got a masters degree in counseling and became a certified life coach. I published books that turned out to be bestsellers and connected with thousands of women whose stories were similar to mine. They would send me notes online or walk up to me at speaking events and whisper, “Me too.”
The more I learned about being an introvert and talked to others the more I realized there was nothing wrong with me. I began to lean into my strengths. I found I had unique gifts to offer. I discovered how to transform my anxiety, depression, perfectionism and insecurity into powerful traits like empathy, compassion, creative excellence and humble confidence.
I used to believe being an introvert was a struggle. I now believe it’s a superpower.
If you’re an introvert or if you love, lead or share life with one I want you to believe this too.
I’m Cheering for You
You already have everything you need. You’re already who you need to be. You don’t have to go through all the years of hiding, hurt and awkward moments I did. Your life can start changing right now because I’ll share with you all I’ve been through and everything you need to start harnessing your superpower today.
It’s time to find your cape.
To get you started, here’s a free chapter from three books readers have found to be the most helpful for issues introverts commonly wrestle with, like insecurity, anxiety, depression or perfectionism:
Holley Gerth is a fresh voice for every woman— she echoes the voice of our Father. – Ann Voskamp, New York Times Bestselling Author of One Thousand Gifts
Holley shows us how to become the women we long to be, the women God created us to be. – Renee Swope, Bestselling Author of A Confident Heart
With the expertise of a counselor and the kindness of a friend, Holley offers permission we don’t need but often wait for anyway—to be who we already are in Christ and truly live. – Emily P. Freeman, Author of Simply Tuesday and founder of Hope*Writers
Cheering you on,