The Educational Committee President asked me to give a lecture for the first time and even as the invitation was dropping, I could feel the knot in my stomach and my mouth going dry.
I quickly took a mental note of my hidden chocolate inventory wondering if it would last me though all the nail-biting nights that were headed my way, as I answered “Yes” to my colleague on the other side of the line.
The rain was falling hard on that cold day towards the end of October of 2005.
I felt a sigh as I was sinking in my uncle’s black leather couch, feeling its soothing cold touch on my red, hot cheeks.
“What if I’m too new for this- I said with a trembling voice- I’m still a trainee”.
“Silence, girl” he answered. “Being modest is one thing. Hiding behind the curtain is another”.
Silence so thick you could cut it with a knife fell into the room as questions were rushing in my head faster than a 5year old to the last available swing in the playground.
Was I shrinking deliberately? Was I playing small? And even worse-was I silencing the voice deep down inside that was crying out “you deserve more?”
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I'm Vicky, the creative force behind Next Door Goddess, a brand that’s here to revive your inner Goddess.
Here’s the story of how we do it.
That first lecture I was called to give in public had me clenching my teeth in agony.
It’s not that I didn’t want to give it. But I was scared I’d fail- I was feeling less than.
As the big day was coming, I was preparing my speech. I was practicing my affirmations. But what happened on the morning I was delivering my speech caught me off guard.
Suddenly, all I could think about was my looks.
I reached out at a sleek black outfit that made me look professional and trustworthy. But something was off.
It was fitting great with its spot-on style. But the punch I was looking for-it was just not there.
And then, it happened.
I put on a remarkable necklace- and that piece elevated my ensemble to a whole new level.
I looked at myself in the mirror as a smile lit up my face. Deep down inside- in very raw and visceral way-I knew it.
I was going to rock the stage-no matter what.
Was it a premonition?
In that lecture-everything went wrong. All equipment failed last minute. I was left stranded on stage in front of more than 50 colleagues.
As I looked at my laptop’s screen going blue, I could feel my heart beating so fast like it would burst right out of my chest. I wanted to open the door and run out without looking back when the tip of my necklace touched my hand.
That fleeting touch disrupted the spiraling negative pattern.
“You can do this” said a voice inside.
I straightened my back, raised my eyes, and said: “I guess we’ll have to continue without technology today”.
And I went on to deliver by heart one of the best lectures I have given to this day- and by far my favorite one. People I didn’t know were coming to greet and complement me. I was on fire.
That evening, my life changed forever.
I found out how much I love being on stage-and that I can be good at it.
But I also found out that clothes and accessories had the power to not only transform the way I look, but also ignite in me the spark to go all in and fulfill my heart’s desire-in the blink of an eye.
Years down the line, that discovery stayed with me, leading me to this company. It is devoted to helping women like me and you look and feel our best, so that we can escape any haunting comparison and “less than.”
There’s a Goddess within each and every one of us, and Next Door Goddess is here to revive her.
I believe that every single woman deserves to feel phenomenal JUST as she is, rise to her full potential and stay unforgettable.
Can it all start from something as simple as putting on a necklace?
Iris Apfel said, “Jewelry is one of the most transformative things you can wear”.
My designs will do exactly that. Transform the way you look, so that you can step up with confidence and do amazing things.
That’s why I would love it if you would take a look at our jewelry, pick your favorite and make yourself-or your bestie- a meaningful gift.
Let's reawaken the Goddess within you!