introducing my course - big, bold confidence


An online course to help grow your confidence, take action, and live the life you’ve imagined.

People are always asking me about confidence. . . how to get it, ways to grow it, why I have so much of it. It comes up in all types of ways. . . related to clothing and style, related to my business, to my body, to the boundaries I draw, to the decisions I make.

I believe that lack of confidence is holding us back from more than we even know. Luckily, I’ve also learned that confidence is something that we can cultivate and grow.

In this course, I share my knowledge and information gathered from research and exploration. Plus, when it’s coming from me you know it will be presented from a fiercely body positive perspective.

I’m working on leading the biggest, boldest life I can imagine. I’m here to help you do the same in my course - Big, Bold Confidence.

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Big, Bold Confidence is divided into three sections:
#1: Setting your Intentions + Self Talk
#2: Comparison, Media Consumption, & Comfort Zones
#3: Advocating for Yourself + Dreaming Big

Topics covered in Big, Bold Confidence include:

  • Getting a handle on self-talk.

  • Eliminating comparison.

  • Curating your media consumption to serve you.

  • Acknowledging action as a confidence builder.

  • Getting out of your comfort zone.

  • Standing up for yourself.

  • Dealing with those who try to bring you down.

  • Dreaming big & setting goals to get there.

Relfection, Conversation, and Action

Big, Bold Confidence is a course created explicitly for folks who are curvy/fat/plus-size.

As I’ve researched and read about developing confidence, I just can’t shake how often diet and weight loss talk is present in “self development” literature. Or, how much of the info out there about developing confidence spends very little time unpacking body image, beauty standards, and body size.

This is hard for everyone but it’s especially difficult for curvy/fat/plus-size folks when content developed to help us doesn’t even seem to recognize what we’re going through! The truth is, it can be more challenging for those of us living in larger bodies (and experiencing the accompanying prejudice and/or stigma that comes with it) to develop a positive sense of self - let alone big, bold confidence.

While all people can struggle with developing and maintaining confidence, I recognize that it comes with unique challenges for those of us who are curvy/fat/plus-size. That’s why this course is just for us.

I recently talked on a quick video about the power of fat community & why this course is just for folks in larger bodies. You can take a look at it here.

I’m also so very proud of (and impressed by) everyone who has been through the course!

Past participants have shared notable differences in their everyday lives based on the work they’ve done in Big, Bold Confidence!

  • They’re walking through life with more confidence! 

  • They’re actively incorporating positive self talk regularly. 

  • They’re taking time to dream about what they want from life. 

  • They’re unfollowing people who make them feel bad about themselves.

  • They’re asking for more money at work - and getting it! 

  • They’re setting boundaries and sticking up for themselves. 

  • They’re feeling the power of fat community as they grow their confidence.

This is big, bold stuff, y’all!

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Here’s what past participants are saying:

I really loved being challenged with ideas, information and possibilities and then digging a little deeper using the “homework” each week to connect the topics with my personal life. I definitely feel more powerful, purposeful and confident!!
The Big, Bold Confidence course was a super fun and boundary stretching experience for me. The Live content was engaging and the weekly reflection prompts were stimulating.
Cat is a naturally compelling and enthusiastic person, her passion is motivating! She provides outstanding content as well as resources that you can choose to explore at your own pace or interest level.
— Lisa
This has been so refreshing and reassuring at this stage of my life.
— Genna
This series allows you to check in with your discomfort and ask ‘why’ in an unpretentious and safe way.
Loved this course. I saw a noticeable difference in my confidence level while participating. The sense of community in the group was outstanding and it has encouraged me to continue on my journey to learn to love myself.
— Maggie
Big Bold Confidence helped me to see that I’m not alone in how I talk to myself, and finding a way to not judge that is so freeing! I also feel more empowered in a few ways; especially in finding a local community IRL that reflects my intersectional identities and values. Highly recommend!
— Erin
I gained a lot of insight into myself and am much more confident because of this course and have taken that confidence into all areas of my life. I asked for more compensation at work and got it and this course helped give me the confidence to do that.
— Erica

join me for big, bold confidence

New to me & my work?

I’m Cat and leading this course is just one of the fab things I do related to body positivity, fat liberation and living a big, bold life. Most notably, I own a plus-size resale shop - Cake Plus-Size Resale & I co-host a podcast - Matter of Fat.

I spend a lot of time talking with people about feeling comfortable and confident in their bodies. Sometimes this centers on clothing and style. Often, there’s much more to the story.

Not only does my current profession have lots to do with confidence, I have a strong career and educational background in teaching and training. Namely, I have a master’s degree in Training & Development (with a focus on global eLearning) and 8+ years of professional experience teaching, presenting, and facilitating.

Plus, developing this course is a natural progression of lots of things I’ve brought to my communities around the new year. (There’s just so much extra toxic stuff to combat this time of year! Bleck!) Two years ago, I created a Weight Loss Resolution Resistance series. Last year, I hosted body positive goal setting workshops at my shop (and, was featured in a Star Tribune article about choosing not to focus on losing weight in the new year).

There are three ways to join my Big, Bold Confidence Course:

Take advantage of Big, Bold Confidence as a self-guided course if you want dive into the content at your own pace without the structure or community of the cohort model.

Participants will receive all course materials and can work through at their own pace. Materials include: Lessons in written form (pdf), audio content (mp3s) on each topic, reflection prompts, suggested actions for homework, and more!

When you purchase, the course will be sent to you right away in an email. The download link for course materials will be live for 24 hours.

The next cohort session of Big Bold Confidence is TBD. Sign up for the wait list above (or, below)!

Participate in Big, Bold Confidence as a cohort with a community group. You’ll receive material each week via email. (Materials include: written and audio content on each topic, reflection prompts, suggested actions for homework, and more.)

Then, in the cohort Facebook group you’ll have the opportunity for further reflection and exploration into each week’s topics. You’ll benefit from feedback from me and the group. Plus, each Thursday, I’ll pop on for a 60 minute Facebook Live to go even deeper into topics and answer questions from the cohort.

To participate, you must have a Facebook account. To get the most from the cohort course experience, you should plan to spend 2-3 hours/week taking in content, reflecting, and engaging in the group.

The next cohort session of Big Bold Confidence is TBD. Sign up for the wait list above (or, below)!

Engage fully with Big, Bold Confidence with the cohort course, online community, and individualized 1-on-1 session. This level includes everything from the Cohort Course + Community plus a 60-90 minute phone call or in-person meet up with me to more deeply explore themes that come up for you during this course.

Not only will you receive content weekly, have the opportunity to participate in regular reflection and exploration in the Facebook group, and tune in for my weekly Facebook Lives, you get some dedicated time 1-on-1 with me. When we schedule our call or meeting, you’ll get to choose options for what we should focus on together.