“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. And give yourself a break.”
Meet GirlCrew Dublin member and professional confidence booster, Aileen Moon.
We hear it all the time that confidence is key, but it’s often much easier said than done. With groups in over 40 locations worldwide we see the same issues pop up the world over. While some ooze confidence from every fibre of their being, unfortunately we cannot bottle the stuff, so for others it can be a bit more of a struggle. GirlCrew Dublin member, Aileen Moon, knows that this can be a tough journey so has set out to make a difference – “around this time last year I was feeling a bit down, a bit fed up and lacking in confidence. I was also feeling really negative and tired so I started looking for something to do for myself that would be exciting, relaxing and introduce me to fabulous Irish women.
I couldn’t find any group that really met all these needs – so I created my own!” And this is The Goddess Club. Aileen has set about making a course that covers everything from self-esteem and body confidence, to mindfulness and relaxation. As she says herself, this five week course “…looks to help the women of Ireland to improve their relationship with themselves (the most important relationship any of us will ever have!). We also help women to embrace a positive body image, boost their self-esteem and cultivate a positive attitude to life!” And it’s not all about sitting and listening as you’ll also be taught “…an easy-peasy (but very sassy!) classic burlesque routine.” But there’s no need to be concerned about diving in at the deep-end and getting your kit off in front of strangers as “the routine doesn’t involve stripping, it’s just a great way to loosen up and have a laugh!” With such a positive go-getter attitude it’s no surprise that Aileen’s following is growing, and if you’d like to get involved her next course starts April 13th.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Seeing the group come out of their shells over the five weeks of the course – getting to see ladies realise that they were born to do burlesque, or realise that they are absolutely glorious individuals and opening up to each other. It’s an incredible honour.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
It’s a hard course to describe when I’m trying to advertise it – especially when I throw in the bit about us learning a burlesque routine! It’s a random mix of confidence boosters, mindfulness, reflections and fun – so it’s quite hard to package!
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
In both groups I have seen a few women in particular arrive on day one with no self-confidence whatsoever; they’re berating themselves, not celebrating their bodies and feeling extremely negative about everything. It’s been absolutely incredible to see each of these women change and blossom, in their own ways. The Goddess Club isn’t a one-stop-shop that magically fixes everything, but we managed to remind each of those women to go easy on themselves and appreciate themselves more. That is my proudest achievement. And it’s not even my achievement, it’s theirs.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Get your venue right! For my first course, we met in a function room of a quiet pub but even that wasn’t private enough. I’ve rented a beautiful studio this time around that will be a perfect setting. Location is an extremely important factor! You can’t really practice mindfulness when there are people doing shots downstairs!
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
Oh, could I possibly have two? “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. And give yourself a break.” And “You can tell who the strong women are. They’re the ones fighting the good fight. The ones who ask for help. And the ones who build each other up instead of tearing each other down.”