Get Ahead By Getting Started…Now | TEDx Talk

I’m so honored and grateful that was able to stand on this stage a month ago and share something I’m so passionate about. But I’m not going to lie, this was the first time I felt extreme anxiety and nerves over a presentation.

I’ve spoken on panels and at conferences before, but this stage’s notoriety intimidated every inch of my being. Here’s why:

I knew my performance was going to be online for ANYONE to see, which led me to put so much pressure on myself in the weeks/days leading up to it. I wanted to represent what I do as a career in the best light, as it’s often still misunderstood and belittled.

But what I have to remind myself is that there’s a reason I was asked to speak at TEDx. What I’m doing is something I took a financial and emotional risk in, something not a lot of people my age or older have been able to do, and that’s pretty unique.

I’m living my dream at 26 years old, and my goal of this talk is to hopefully inspire someone to put their passion out there and see where it takes them. Get ahead of the game by getting started on something you can call your own, something that just might become your full time job. If you do what you love, then you never have to work a day in your life.

Click here to shop the outfit I wore & see my tips on how to prepare for public speaking.

Not to mention, I didn’t have the safety net of a podium to stand at, written text on power point slides to refer to, or notecards to assist me for the first time in my public speaking career. Any future engagements/presentations will be MUCH easier to handle and if anything, that’s what I’m most proud of 😀

Special thanks to TEDx & Ranney School for this life-changing opportunity!



  • Reply Riva Treasure May 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    OMG you are soooo brave! I have SUCH a fear of public speaking, you did great! Love that dress on your by the way!!

    • Reply Tilden May 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you Riva!! I still get anxiety when I think about it (ahh!) SO HAPPY it’s behind me, for now haha

  • Reply Lindsey May 16, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    That is so amazing! You rock! I honestly can’t even talk into my camera for a YouTube video, haha. And I agree ^ super cute dress! 🙂

    • Reply Tilden May 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much Lindsey!! Looking back, I have no idea how I got myself on that stage.. still shook to the core lol!

  • Reply Kim May 16, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    You were amazing! I love hearing how other bloggers got their start, it’s so inspiring. Also, your topic is soooooo true and relevant.

    • Reply Tilden May 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you Kim! I’m so glad you liked it & appreciate the message I (hopefully) was trying to get across! Means so so much xx

  • Reply Shannon May 16, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    This is fantastic!! So beyond cool to hear your story and start. Very inspiring – not to mention, your outfit is amazing 😉 xx Shannon ||

    • Reply Tilden May 22, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much Shannon!! Means the world that it came off as inspiring & I appreciate you so much for watching it 😀 xx

  • Reply Teresa Brock May 16, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    You were so amazing and inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing! It’s so hard to get out there and be vulnerable sometimes! xo.

    • Reply Tilden May 22, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you Teresa!! I feel like the vulnerable stories are the one’s that are remembered (so I hope!) Thank you for watching & your support, means so much! xx

  • Reply Beatriz May 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    So inspiring! Also the green dress is super cute 🙂
    xx Beatriz |

    • Reply Tilden May 22, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you Beatriz!! This dress definitely performed well & It’s for sure one of my favorites at the moment xx

  • Reply Renee May 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    What an awesome Ted Talk! I love them and listen to them all day long- I find them so motivating! You did an amazing job, and I love that dress!

    • Reply Tilden May 22, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you Renee! ME TOO! I watched so many in preparation and became obsessed with them – they truly are super motivating and inspirational. Appreciate you watching it & for all your support xx

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