What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
Where do I start! Let’s just say I am your everyday average woman who has grown up with every challenge you can think of! As a child, I was a very heavy set and that was the start of a life long challenge dealing with my weight. It led to serious self-esteem issues from bullying and being judged for my appearance, and I felt limited in my opportunities to get involved in activities and social experiences. I ended up battling an eating disorder and depression, that to this day I have to fight off daily. I also have been through a very heartbreaking divorce, that as a member of the LDS church was very traumatic for me. This experience caused me to develop PTSD, and unfortunately lead me to fall away from the church and to be disfellowshipped. However, through all of this, I got back up on my feet every time I was knocked down and I kept fighting against the odds. Now, I fight to stay healthy, I have my membership in my church restored, and I share my experiences to let others know that they aren’t defined by their trials, but are defined by their actions.
What message do you promote?
My message is that we have the power to create our own normal. We are not limited to labels and ideals that society sets. I coined the term “the Perfection Syndrome” and encourage others to lock past the false standards that are out there. There is no such thing as “perfection”, your own “perfect” are you being your own personal best; whatever shape, size, age, race, religion, or culture you come from.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
I am an actor and blogger, and so when I am on set or out in the community I make sure I treat everyone with respect and act upon the things that I believe in.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to
I think the body image issue is the biggest thing women can relate to, and also feeling like a failure. We all have insecurities, and they can cripple us. After my divorce I struggled with being a failure and not understanding why I wasn’t good enough. I almost died from the stress I was going through. I lost a lot of weight and wasn’t taking care of myself, basically in survival mode. But I had my parents and I had my faith, so I pushed through. I was so broken, but I knew that I was better than the situation at hand. I had to learn that even in our darkest times, we can still be the stronger fighter and win the battle. I learned I wasn’t a failure, or just a divorcee or unworthy, I was a fighter and I was Kacey. It took years but I found myself again.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Sharing my story and seeing others light up makes me stronger. That is my reward.
How do you SHOW UP?
I “Show Up” by being there for others. I strive to be the leader I needed when I was younger.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
Keep at it! You have the power to make anything successful. Don’t let the word “No” stop you! You’ll face a lot of bums in the road, but if it doesn’t challenge you it's not worth it!
Connect with Kacey
Instagram : @kaceyrooski
Facebook: Kacey Hulse Edgerly