Growing up, Claudia was an elite runner who was winning championships, setting records, had carried the Olympic torch, and had the 1996 Olympics in her sights. But, as they say, life happened, and when Claudia hung up her racing spikes, she found herself unsure of what to do and felt that the one thing that gave her worth was gone.

Shortly after 9/11, Claudia entered law enforcement, following a family tradition of helping others. She soon realized that being in a male-dominated field, while personally fulfilling, did nothing to reduce her feelings of being an impostor. In fact, she was subjected to harassing behavior and shame for wanting to be a strong and competent officer and still look and feel pretty.

During this same time, Claudia became involved in an abusive relationship with another police officer. The emotional, mental, financial, and physical abuse left her feeling even more worthless, and she continued to fear the day that the mask would slip off and people would realize that she didn’t really have it all together as it appeared.

It took years for Claudia to understand that her feelings of fear and anxiety over not being good enough and being seen as a fake were really Impostor Syndrome. Impostor syndrome is the condition of feeling anxious and not experiencing success internally, despite being high-performing in external, objective ways. This condition often results in people feeling like "a fraud" or "a phony" and doubting their abilities. Impostor Syndrome is or has affected more than 80% of us! Experiencing domestic abuse and moving away from being a champion runner helped fuel Impostor Syndrome and had left her feeling even more out-of-place.

Claudia took the time to address the impostor inside her and created time-tested and proven techniques that not only eventually silence the impostor within but also build unwavering confidence that make her happier, healthier, and more successful.

Now Claudia is sharing her secrets with the world.

Claudia's journey to increasing confidence, decreasing fear of failure, kicking impostor syndrome, and realizing she is strong enough has been filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, and everything in between.