5 Questions from WANT – Women Against Negative Talk

I recently had the honor of being interviewed and featured by Katie Horwitch, the creator of WANT – Women Against Negative Talk.

I was even faced with the bad habit of negative thoughts when submitting photos for the article. As you’ll see, in one of the photos I’m sitting on a fence and playing with a horse.
When I looked at myself in this photo, my first thought was: “My stomach looks fat. I should photo shop it to get rid of the rolls before submitting it for the article.”


Oh the irony: while I was choosing a photo to promote positive body image and self-confidence, I was actually speaking negatively about myself and considering altering the image to make me “look better!” I needed to practice what I preach.

I’m sharing this with you because no one is perfect and learning to love ourselves is an ongoing process. I think progress comes from catching ourselves in our unconscious negative habits and changing our behavior for the better.

5 Questions from the Interview:

What is your definition of “positivity?” Finding a way to weave gratitude into everything.

How/where negative talk shows up in my life: Negative talk creeps into my life on the shoulders of regret and the underbelly of expectations.

It baffles me that women still…try to fit into a narrow stereotype of beauty. I’ve found that self-respect and confidence are by far the most attractive qualities a woman can posses, regardless of dress size.

I wish that more women…could embrace what makes them unique and support each other rather than compete.

My top female role models: First and foremost, my mom, Patricia Kouba, is a great role model. Also Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, Tyra Banks, Ellen Degeneres, Amy Purdy, and Kia Miller. Historically, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Lucille Ball, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Susan B. Anthony, and Mother Teresa. I’m also inspired by any woman who has given birth, survived breast cancer, gotten out of an abusive relationship or cared for an aging parent or sick child.

Every woman has the potential for being a positive role model.