FOUNDER - LINDSAY
The Body Confidence Live concept came from me, Lindsay - 38-years old from Glasgow. I recently became a mum to a lovely wee boy - I'm the 'other mother' as my amazing partner said she'd take one for the team and did the whole birth thing, so I felt it was only fair to let her 'enjoy' that experience!
Apart from being sleep-deprived, a bit grumpy at times and often smelling of either baby sick or poo, things in our new life are going fine. My other baby though is BoCo Live and I love it almost as much!! I work in media/PR and generally my life is quit full and busy but I will ALWAYS want to make time for my BoCo baby!
My own body confidence has been up and down over the years - I'm not going to pretend I've had major body dramas...I think I've just had the same kind of experience as many other people in that there are times I've felt quite positive about myself and times I would gladly have smashed all the mirrors in my house if it wasn't such bad luck. Weight-wise I've been a dress size 6-8 and a size 16 and I was pretty unhappy being both...it took me years to learn that I feel best when I'm being active, eating things (mostly) that aren't too bad for me, challenging myself in life and not focusing at all on what I weigh but on how I feel within myself. I don't have all the answers, or even most of the answers to this stuff (which is why we need our fabulous contributors!), but I firmly believe that confidence comes from finding what works for you - those things that make you feel good - and doing more of them. Happy people are beautiful people afterall..........
People who meet me assume I'm a totally-together, confident, self-assured person - the reality is that I have my wobbles, my self-doubts and my ups and downs like anyone does. But life is hard enough without us giving ourselves and our bodies a hard time. I've learned over the years some of the things that help me feel good about myself...things like finding new challenges, meeting and working with new and inspiring people, and understanding about ways to improve my overall wellbeing. And I'm still learning but as time has passed I have developed a quiet inner confidence that I think helps me get through life with a more positive view of myself and of the world.
I'm not an expert on body confidence and will never claim to be. I have a day job in PR and run these events in my spare time. But thankfully I've met a few people along the way that know a fair bit about body image, self-esteem and wellbeing so they are the people that contribute to this site and to our events and they're the ones to listen to!
The 'why' behind BoCo Live
I see so many amazing women in particular who are held back by their self-consciousness and who don't see how fabulous they are. Their self-worth is so low, they continually compare themselves negatively to others, they focus on the things they don't like about themselves rather than their strengths, and they see themselves in a negative way that is far from the way others see them. This can't be right! We're all amazing in our own way....and our events just aim to remind people of that. We don't want to change the world, or campaign on serious issues, but if we can help people either become more comfortable and confident in their own skin, or find a new approach that gives them a boost, then we'll be delighted. That's the whole reason behind BoCo Live and everything we do........
So please enjoy what you see and hear from us....we simply want to help you find whatever it is that boosts your confidence and helps you connect with, understand and enjoy your body, and we‘d love to hear any tips you have too so we can all help each other!
BOCO LIVE SPEAKER/COLLABORATOR - ELLIE
Ellie Hopley has spoken at all four of our BoCo Live events so far and partnered with us to help organise our Essex event in November last year.
Ellie - who lives in Essex - has been a Personal Trainer and wellness coach for over 10 years. She has a number of high profile clients and also delivers corporate staff coaching programmes on stress management and health.
Ellie also works with a Women’s Aid charity running 8-week courses on self-care and health, educating and empowering women who have been victims of abusive relationships. Prior to founding her personal training business, she had a career in charge of Marketing and Business Development for two large corporations and a gym company.
BOCO LIVE SPEAKER/COLLABORATOR - MEGAN
Megan McGrory - co–Founder of The Key and an inspirational and motivational teacher, speaker, influencer and mentor - has spoken at two of our events and we are working together on something special later this year so watch this space!
Megan has appeared on Channel 4’s For Thought TV programme and SOLD OUT the first personal development events ever delivered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 and 2017.
She has also appeared as a KEY NOTE SPEAKER in front of 450 people at the SECC arena in Glasgow and was chosen as an inspirational speaker for THE BEST YOU Exhibition in London 2017. Additionally she has been recently nominated as a speaker for both TED X Youth and one of Scotland’s 100 ‘Positive Disruptors’.
As a successful entrepreneur and business person, Megan understands the highs and lows of start- up businesses and has used the Key Principles to successfully grow her own Key enterprise.
As a Mentor she has been described as wise beyond her years, creative, dynamic and energetic; a professional who connects with mentees of all ages and backgrounds.
Megan helped design The Key New Generation programme and delivers to pupils in schools and to young adults throughout Scotland. As part of her philanthropic endeavors Megan works closely with The Key charity, The Institute of Creation. Megan is inspired by the idea of teaching and positively influencing Scotland’s young people to unlock and achieve their highest potential using The Creation Process.