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How to Believe in Yourself: Crossing the finish line!

I recently completed my first-ever half-marathon!

Going into this experience, my mind was filled with doubt and fear.

My inner critic’s voice was loud and clear – it was hard to ignore her.

Will you make it?

Do you have what it takes?

Maybe this isn’t for you!

You didn’t train hard enough!

Look at you – You’re no athlete!

Inhale – exhale! (The awareness knowing this wasn’t serving me) As I ran through the city, my inner critic began to quiet down. This was no place for her.

With every step that I took, as air filled my lungs, and I felt the energy around me, I connected to the inner mentor that I have within. Her voice and message were different and reassuring.


How to believe in yourself

You were made for this and much more!

You CAN do hard things.

Betzy, Believe in yourself!

Keep going!

Mile after mile, my body ached. It was a challenge to keep going but those words carried me through. They gave me strength when I needed it the most.

As I was near the end, I was reenergized by the cheers and chants of families, friends, and complete strangers who were there to support and celebrate one another. It was magical!

And, the moment came, I crossed that finish line with so much joy, pride, and even tears in my eyes.

Crossing that line meant so much more – relief but most importantly, it was a reminder that I was capable!

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Betzy Valdez

Betzy Valdez originally from Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, came to the United States with her family 22 years ago, chasing the well-known “American Dream”. Greeley, Colorado is where her and her family have resided over the past 22 years and it’s a place, she calls home. She has been married for 11 years to her supportive husband Javi and together they have three beautiful little girls and an American Bully named Bella. She is also the founder of B. Empowered, a space created to encourage others to be the change, to be empowered to be the world-changers, the difference-makers, the heart-changers. Through Betzy’s own journey, she continues to be brave by sharing her story, her truths, her mess. Instead of allowing setbacks in her life to hold her back, she is determined to use her mess as her message of hope, strength and belonging. Her calling in life in to encourage and empower others in their own journey, regardless of color, race, religion, or legal status. She believes we must all have a vision, not division. Betzy plans to continue her journey as an empowerment and motivational speaker as well as an active community volunteer, leader and advocate for immigrant and refugee rights. She is extremely excited for this new opportunity and hopes to connect with others.

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