466: You’re In Charge With Anja-Vanessa Peter

Anja-Vanessa Peter is a Filipina-German who was born in Saudi-Arabia and raised in Germany. Currently, she is taking up her You’re In Charge With Anja-Vanessa Peteronline masters in Organisation and Communication at a German University.  Anja used to be a professional tennis player.  She played SEA Games and FED
Cup for the Philippines in 2005 and she played College Tennis for the University of Hawai’i in
2008/09.  Anja is based in the Philippines now where she is working as a model, blogger and host. She entered pageants, too. In 2015, she joined Binibining Pilipinas and made it to the top 15. That same year she became Miss Universe Germany First Runner-Up. As of now, she is Miss Supranational Germany.

Anja used to play it safe instead of pursuing her dreams but she realized that it was upto her to take charge of her own life regardless of the situation.  Anja also shares her tips that you can use in your own journey to self confidence.


Anja-Vanessa Peter is a model, blogger and host.

Cultural Background

Anja is of Filipina and German descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Avoid negative people at all costs. They are the greatest destroyers of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Avoid negative people at all costs. They are the greatest destroyers of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self-confidence is being secure about who you are and your abilities. Furthermore, self-confident people know their worth and would never settle for less. They also know when to let go of people or things that cause negativity and self-doubt.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Before Anja moved to the Philippines, she was really afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone to pursue her dreams. The thought of the unknown can be very scary so in the past.  She would rather play it safe than taking any risks. Also, Anja was always concerned what others might think about her or she lets toxic people influence her in a negative way where she would feel stuck and lost.

The “AHA” Moment

Anja had her AHA moment at church when the pastor preached about letting go of anything or anyone toxic in your life that brings you down. His preaching made her cry because she realizes that at the end of the day, you’re in charge of your own life and it depends on how you deal and react to things happening to you. If you’re not happy with a situation, go ahead and change it.
Don’t be afraid to let go and move on and do whatever makes you more fulfilled in life.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Anja is definitely not where she wants to be when it comes to her own self-confidence but being more confident helped her perform better and she has stopped comparing herself with others and just focused on herself.

As a model, you sometimes can’t help but compare yourself with others (e.g. she’s skinnier, she’s prettier etc.) or the rejection you sometimes get might affect your self-esteem. However, knowing her worth helped her deal with those situations way easier.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

The best way to gain more confidence is to stop having negative thoughts. A positive mind-set can make a huge difference and you’ll start focusing more on the good things you got going in your life. Additionally, take a quick break once in a while to write down or to visualize what you appreciate
about yourself. It’s a good reminder to boost your ego a little and helps you develop the habit of
positive thinking.

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