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© 2019 by Kelly D. Parker

KELLY D. PARKER

In school, I was never one of the popular kids. I was reserved, quiet and usually just minded my own business. But one particular day, as a 12-year-old in the sixth grade, my secret childhood dream came true. I sat at a table with the popular girls! Don’t ask me how I got there because I don't know, but it happened!

 

In the cafeteria, waiting for the school day to start, there I was, with the popular girls, surrounded by their trendy outfits, inside jokes and mature conversations.  I was proud of myself. I was in a place of honor. I was certain that I had "arrived."

That was, until, another girl approached our table. She was older than me, bigger than me, and seemed to see from a mile away that I didn’t belong. Realizing the room was so crowded that she had no place to sit, she stood over me. And with the authority of one who knows her place, and knows mine too, she said, “Get up.” 

 

The words she spoke were not a suggestion, nor were they a polite request. They were a command. 

 

What do you do in a moment like that?

 

I don’t know what you’d do, but I’ll tell you what I did.

I gathered my things, got up from the table and stood there awkwardly as she took my seat. 

 

To top it off, another girl at the table said to Seat Thief, “Why’d you do that? Why did you take that little girl’s seat?”

 

Little.

 

In two seconds flat, I’d gone from feeling like the queen of the world to ... Little. Small. Insignificant. Weak. Awkward. An outcast.

 

Years later, I realized that although I’d physically grown to be an adult, get married, have kids and build a career, emotionally, I was still the 12-year-old onlooker in the cafeteria, convinced that she’s not good enough and she doesn’t belong.

 

Now, I’ve figured out how to get unstuck from the lies I believed about myself.
 
I’ve learned how to fall in love with the person God created me to be.
 
And I’m obsessed with using all the gifts He’s given me to impact as many people as possible.

 

This is why I’m so passionate about you standing strong, confident and bold in who you are. I know how good it feels. And I want you to feel it, too.

 

My mission is to motivate you, inspire you, and give you the blueprint for life, mind and soul transformation. I'm so glad you're here.