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  1. Erica
    Aug 04 - 3:50 pm

    I love Gwen. The first time I really met her was at the party at Mom 2.0..she was rocking out with her Francie Pants…and I swear she was just the picture of confidence and fun! She is someone that you love to be around, because she makes you feel happy and good about yourself.

  2. Susan
    Aug 04 - 6:12 pm

    Yes, she is certainly the life of the party, isn’t she? I remember her dancing her Francie Pants bottom off at Mom 2.0. LOL

  3. I thought I had confidence in high school, but now I see that I really was just trying to fit in. I wish I could go back as the person I am now! But without those experiences, I guess I wouldn’t be the person I am now…

  4. Gwen Bell
    Aug 04 - 6:28 pm

    Susan, one reason I love interviewing with you and Janice is that you two absolutely inhabit the space you’re in. I love watching you all work! And you two, plus Joe and Erica, made a terrific team at BlogHer this year. I look forward to our next interview together!

  5. Organizing Mommy
    Aug 04 - 6:45 pm

    Thanks for that. It was very encouraging. Lately I’ve been thinking about the same things: confidence. Just this morning I was musing on the potential title for a book: God’s confident Woman. I find it interesting that you just posted this interview with Gwen on this topic right after I had spent some time with the Lord talking about these same things from a Christian perspective. I’m not sure where I’ll go with this idea, since right now, it is only an idea. I will say this: I was a confident teenager. I have largely my mother to thank, but I had to make some hard and courageous decisions that made me stronger: not drinking, not having sex before marriage, doing well in school, etc. This was all before I had a serious relationship with the Lord. Anyway, thanks for the thought-provoking/ confirmation to follow these thoughts to the next level.

  6. Susan
    Aug 04 - 7:10 pm

    Wow Gwen, thank you! What a fantastic compliment. I will take that to heart.

    And thank you for interviewing with us and for sharing your incredible insights.

  7. Zarita
    Aug 05 - 4:46 am

    Thank you for the encouragement Gwen, absolutely right about self respect. Self respect leads to self confidence, I agree to that.

  8. Michelle
    Aug 05 - 3:07 pm

    A great interview. That is my biggest fear is my daughter growing up with low self confidence. (Well, one of my fears!) Gwen adds so much to the community, and her confidence and presence are wonderfully inspiring.

    Susan and Janice – you both offer the same. Your confidence speaks through everything you do. :)

  9. Priscilla-wheelchair Mommy
    Aug 06 - 12:07 pm

    This is my first time “meeting” Gwen so “hi”.

    I think I do have confidence. FAR more than I did in high SChool. I was one of those kids that just blended in. I was on the honor roll but didn’t have anywhere near a 4.0. I never played sports…wasn’t a cheerleader. I just went to class and did my work.

    Shortly after my life changed drastically and I was paralyzed. I could no longer blend in. I stuck out (and still do) EVERYWHERE I go. I still wanted all the same things I did before (family and kids) so I knew I was going to have to take the new wheelchair me and learn to live with it happily.

    I’m not a stuck up person so I do still blush when people tell me I am inspiring or brave or whatever they tell me. To me I am just a mom doing what EVERY other mom does but in a WHeelchair. I won’t lie .. It does make me feel good and gives me more confidence to know that I am doing a great job.

  10. Stephanie
    Aug 11 - 4:34 pm

    HI Susan! You are totally cute on-camera. I admire the energy and positivity that you exude on tape.

    Also: I definitely agree with you that Gwen could be a super model. She has “the look,” but she also has the confidence. I hope to meet her someday!

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