Living Large (Success At Any Size)
In this inspirational talk Monica Parker lays out how her lifetime battle with weight has given her the courage to confront not just the detractors but the damaging voices we all carry with us that are destined hold us back. Unless, we are willing to stand up and turn those perceived liabilities into our assets. Life offers all of us many gifts and many challenges. How we choose to deal with them is what makes us who we are. Monica is the poster woman for turning lemons into lemonade. If change is what a person wants, needs and can sustain, that’s great, but are we to be made miserable if we can’t? Her perspective on how real women are portrayed in the media and what it’s like for someone who doesn’t fit the mold, is moving but also funny and one hundred percent relatable. When she left the relative sanity of Canada for Beverly Hills – a town filled with women all running around in circles like dogs chasing their tails trying to get back to their original birth weight of six-and-a-half pounds- she knew she had her work cut out for her, but she has always has been up to the challenge – even in a place where being fat is considered a criminal offence. Monica has made a life and a very successful career by disarming those that disparage body diversity by confronting the problem head on with her insightful mix of humour and passion.
Aging: Gracefully or Disgracefully – (It’s all in the perception)
Monica Parker’s irreverent but motivating view of a society gone mad in its pursuit of perpetual youth- while being highly entertaining- is also a cautionary tale which underscores the futility of investing too much time and money in and endgame that can’t be ever really be won. A life lived in fear of the inevitable is the road to not living life. Monica’s take on this new age where no one wants to get or look old does not mean we should not do whatever we wish and can afford to put on our best face. Monica aims to highlight the slippery slope with potentially frightening results. There’s little deniability that we all want to get our hands on the magic ‘turn-back-the-clock-pill’. It’s Monica’s keen observations that we have entered a time where everyone is unilaterally kicking and screaming in their determination to remain young, vibrant and without restrictions. No one wants to look like, act like or move like the grandparents of just a few decades ago but Monica pointedly shares the unwanted notion that we are all going get older if we’re lucky – so we’d better find a way to embrace it. With her innate wisdom and gift of celebrating every day to the fullest, Monica hopes to be able to help you do just that!