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The presentation was beautiful as we dived into understanding as women how we can love our bodies and ourselves more. Since then I’ve been catching criticism and replacing it with loving & appreciation towards my own body and other women. I also realized how much I can take back my own worth and lovability. I highly recommend Marla’s talk.
— Amela Azul
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Every women, just like YOU, is entitled to have body confidence and freedom with food. I support women to love the skin they’re in so they can live a THRIVING life.”

I loved the atmosphere Marla created immediately when she entered the room.  She made everyone feel so welcome.  No matter what size or age there was a spirit of accepting oneself.  I specifically loved the gratitude exercise. There was appreciation for all the different personalities and a sense of over all contentment. I felt glad that God created me to love myself just the way I am.
— Rhonda Williams

Available Key Notes

Turn that Frown Upside Down

The Power of Positive Self - Talk

Is that little voice inside of your head your best friend or biggest enemy? Speaking down to yourself is not a small thing. It creates havoc on your physical, mental and emotional well being. Negative self talk can affect people in profound ways. By keeping students in constant fight or flight, studies show that negative self talk lowers their performance, creates low self-esteem, and decreases motivation. Most people think that negative thoughts are uncontrollable, but they actually have the power to change those thoughts.

When they don’t like themselves, they create stress. This stress keeps them from being the leader, friend, family member, worker that they could authentically be.
Prioritizing positive self-talk is key to creating change, holding a leadership role and being a success.

This presentation educates the participants about the repercussions of negative self-talk and how to replace it with positive. In this playful yet poignant workshop, they will learn how 5 steps to turn your negative self-talk into positive. They will be led through mindset meditations, partnering exercise and interactive experiences to support them to not only understand the importance of positive self-talk but to make changes NOW.

There’s no doubt the participants will walk away feeling AWESOME about themselves!

Audiences Learn:

  • 5 steps to turn your negative self-talk into positive.

  • Tools on what to do when negative self-talk takes over.

  • Empowerment to change their negativity to positivity.

Marla’s lecture Love Your Body, Love Yourself gave wonderful tools to help us cultivate a positive relationship with ourselves and in turn, teach our children how to do the same.... my biggest takeaway is consistency... it’s affirming and trusting on a daily basis, taking small steps every day to move in the direction of self.
— Nikki Watson

 Love the Skin you are In- Secrets to Body Confidence

90% of all women do not like their body. Negative Body Image not only affects the relationship to their body and food, it directly impacts relationships, work/school work, health and the ability to take action on goals. If they don’t have confidence in their body, they hide, shrink and dim their light.

In this interactive presentation, Marla will share her own struggles with a dysfunctional body-relationship and how she mastered turning body negativity into appreciation. Participants will not only leave with tools to create more confidence but will have the opportunity to shift any self-negative beliefs to positive on the spot. No matter if their struggles are with their body, relationships or their studies, they will discuss how accepting their body can help overcome these challenges.
Through this talk, they will confidently move through the world with permission to be a powerful leader. They will stop comparing themselves to others and acknowledge their own unique gifts and specialties.

Audiences learn:

  • 3 mindset tools to create confidence

  • Strategies to transform negative beliefs

  • Tools to stop comparing themselves to others

  • How to tap into self-compassion consistently

Marla’s talk gently pushed my edges, mirrored my soul and helped me celebrate the beauty of who I am authentically. Her approach is fresh, renewing and created space for every woman in our group to open into a deeper appreciation for themselves and each other.”Love Your Body, Love Your Self”  was so much fun! Thank you Marla!
— Shelley Crawford

How Barbie, Photo Shop & Media has a negative effect on Body Image -

3 Steps to take Back Your POWER!

Body image dissatisfaction is a growing epidemic. By overemphasizing our looks, society has taught women to constantly judge and dislike our bodies. Eighty-five percent of women believe that they are either slightly or seriously overweight. The imagery women consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”. This talk will support the women to take back their power from society’s ideas of body perfection. A LOT of time is wasted on their looks, when women could be creating a bigger impact in their community.

In this talk, women will discover that their beauty is more than skin deep. They will learn skills to accept their body, focus on building up their strengths and find happiness with who they are. Women will be empowered to question society’s view of women. They will create a new vision for women. Women will have the opportunity to share their personal experience and replace negative beliefs with new positive ways to see themselves and others. Through self-acceptance, women will learn to be open to diversity and social justice for all body types and sizes.

Women attendees will feel more confident in the bodies they have NOW.

Audiences Learn:

  • how to let go of dieting and body dissatisfaction.

  • tools to focus on more important aspects of life such as leadership, community, creating a difference, stronger relationships.

  • tips to see media’s images, diet culture and the women around them in a more empowered way.

Having Marla come to our school was such an amazing experience for all the students and faculty involved! From the talk, we learned about positive self-talk and how that, in turn, affects our perception of our own actions and ourselves. It was refreshing and new to have a person come directly to us, as students, and encourage such positivity and appreciation for ourselves and our good qualities. The attendees were definitely impressed by the interactive exercises that were used in the event, and were amazed at the fun, light-heartedness that Marla was able to effortlessly bring. On top of that, Marla was very professional and she was able to connect really well with the students! After her presentation, many of the attendees left with a newfound perspective on body image and how others can be affected by it. I would, hands-down, recommend Marla to anyone who is willing to learn more about themselves and how body image and perception factors into everyday life. Thank you so much Marla for coming out to talk to young people about such important issues!
— Janna Elwary, member of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Club

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I loved how honest and candid the talk was; it was very relatable. It helped me understand that body image issues affect people of all shapes and sizes and reminded me that skinny doesn’t equal happy.
— Chapman University college Student

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Marla’s interactive talk encouraged me to reflect positively. It made me want to treat myself better and I believe that I will.
— Student
Marla’s Body Positive Talk inspired the whole audience to feel good about themselves. Her humor, interactive exercises, and empathetic discussion kept everyone in the room engaged and eager to learn more about accepting their body and speaking kinder to themselves. Thank you, Marla, for being sincere and genuine with your own body and food journey. At first, I was apprehensive being a guy in the crowd, but through your vulnerability and wisdom, I could identify and left feeling better about myself.
— Paul Hale