About the Empress

Hey there, I’m ChaChanna Simpson! You can call me Empress.
I’m a Body Acceptance & Confidence Coach, Speaker & Storyteller.

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So, you want to know more about me before you hire me to coach you or speak to your group or believe anything I’ve written on these pages? Yeah, I get that. I do the same thing when I visit someone’s page.

So we can get it out the way, I got my coaching certification from the Institute of Professional Excellence and Coaching, and am a speaker and storyteller. You can click here to read testimonials from past clients, or here to see where I have spoken, and watch a video of a recent talk I gave.

But I’m guessing what you really want to find out here is if I understand where you are, what you are going through, and if I can help you? Because at the end of the day, credentials are cute but you want results.

My story

I never had a problem with my body until I had to stop going to the gym because of a torn Achilles tendon. When I got the all clear to start working out I felt ginormous (combination of gigantic and enormous, get it?).

I became extremely body conscious and obsessed over my weight and how people must have thought I’d really let myself go until one day I asked myself a very important question: Who cares? No, really. Who is really looking over my shoulder when I weigh myself? Who is taking notes of what I eat and what size label is on my clothing?

Just ME!

I was so annoyed at myself for getting swept up in the fat talk/body shaming hype, and ultimately falling out of love with myself. It sucked! I just wanted to love my body again without freaking out over what I ate or what workout I skipped. I didn’t want to have to rely on outside forces to love myself  or wait until I reached a certain body type or number on the scale before I deemed myself worthy of love and happiness.

My first step was to stop weighing myself. It was driving me batty! If my weight was down I was ecstatic. If my weight went up or stayed the same, I was pissed, especially if I felt I worked hard that week.

It’s ridiculous to allow an inanimate object to dictate your mood so I opted out of that crazy cycle.

Now, I go by the way my clothes fit. Don’t get me wrong I have freaked out when my clothes got tighter but that’s mostly because I’d have to go clothes shopping and I HATE shopping. I also really like the clothes I have.

My second step was to really look at myself and ask: If I wasn’t buying into the hype and stopped trying to compare myself to strangers, how would I feel about the way I looked?

My answer: Pretty damn good! In fact, I’m really cute.

In that time, I also realized I was putting my life on hold and waiting for the scale to reach certain number before I lived my life the way I wanted. And that’s just stupid.

It was a combination of these lessons that put me back on track to reclaiming the love I’d lost for myself. And now, I know no matter what size I am it’ll never mean I’m not beautiful or that I am undeserving of happiness until I lose weight.

And I sincerely want that for you.

My Love Letter to You

You, my love, completely deserve to be loved exactly as you are for exactly who you are. I don’t care what you have done in the past or how nuts, imperfect or flawed you believe you are. You don’t ever have to change in order for me to accept you so never ever change for someone else to accept you. You are beautiful, just the way you are, flaws and all. Everyone (friends, family, lovers, strangers) is lucky to have you bless them with your presence in their life, no matter how brief, and they better damn well recognize it. And if they don’t, you don’t need them in your life.

Don’t ever disguise your talents, feel guilty or be ashamed for the stellar, amazing, beautiful, genius of a woman you are. You are already the total package so stop looking for someone else to complete you because it’s impossible. There is nothing outside of you that is missing or you need to be completed. You already have everything you need inside of you, whether you believe it or not.

You, my love, completely deserve to be loved exactly as you are for exactly who you are and the person’s love and understanding you deserve the most, is yours! 

And it is my hope that by sticking around these parts, you learn to give that to yourself.

If you’re ready to start making this the year of loving your body, let’s chat. Sign up for a Love Your Body Session or if you are looking for a stellar speaker for your next event. I’m the Empress for the job!