741: I’m Still Here With Mae Flores

Mae Flores is an International speaker, writer and advocate for victims of sexual abuse. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for various I’m Still Here With Mae Floresorganizations like “Today I’m Brave”. And in 2016, EuropeAid honored her as one of the Top 200 Women in the World Development Wall of Fame. Mae has spoken in various local and global events like United Nations Women in New York and was a feature TED speaker in 2017.  Mae fervently advocates for women’s rights and gender equality. Because she is a two-time survivor of gender based violence, she uses her personal experiences to advocate and develop various programming in order to help educate and heal others. Currently, she is the passionate founder of “Light Me Up” a program which uses the power of movement, voice and music to show survivors how to use tools that they already have within themselves to find their own paths to healing. This program is one she has developed over the past few years during discussions with organizations she has met with during her invitations to the UN and UN Women.  She hopes through her work, she can provide hope and strengthen men, women and youth to believe that healing begins within themselves, and that everyday we all have the choice to make it.

Mae shares the challenges she has been through and why the mantra “I’m still here” reminds her of her strength, courage and confidence.

Bio

Mae Flores is an International speaker, writer and advocate for victims of sexual abuse.

Cultural Background

Mae is of Filipina descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

I’m still here.

I’m still here.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is being able to allow yourself to be and having an outlet to express yourself.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Mae looked confident on the outside but was insecure on the inside.

The “AHA” Moment

When Mae was sexually assaulted for the second time, she never expected that it would happen twice but she could not hide her trauma especially since she has two sons.  She wanted to teach them how to handle trauma.

Also, Mae went through cervical cancer surgery and she was afraid it would hold her back but then she realized she can still do work.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Mae prevents herself from being a ball of depression.  She realizes no matter what happens she can move on.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Take your time.

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