I am writing to tell you more about my awesome 17 year daughter Molly Elizabeth ... ( well one of them as I have 3 amazing daughters)
Molly has always been shy and anxious. Cried every day going to school and didn't always cope well in social situations. People said she came across as stuck up or rude as she was so uncomfortable with speaking. She was also afraid of everything, she couldn’t go to her councillor as she was afraid of the busy town it was in, she didn't want to be left alone for 5 minutes. She was afraid of the weather.... rain, wind, thunder.
We had to be careful on family days out as Molly was petrified of public transport, also flying and much more. If we were out and she saw a group of teenagers she would shake with fear. She never made eye contact, had no friends & would hide in the toilets at lunch time to eat her lunch as she was so uncomfortable at school.
She had so much time off of school with tummy aches (caused by the anxiety) that I was getting visits from the attendance officers at home.
One day on a family holiday I spoke with my husband about how relaxed she was while we were away & how lovely it was to see her being more sociable & having fun. We decided that school was slowly sucking the life out of her, we felt like every day that we sent her in a little bit of her died: so we decided that we would not be sending her back. She was 14.
I had been sending Molly to singing lessons since she was 10. I knew that it would be good for her to open up, learn to express herself & try to help with her emotions.
Her teacher was wonderful, but Molly was quiet and shy for years: it took a long time for her to relax with Shana. Shana her teacher always said Molly has a brilliant voice, I always told Molly that it didn't matter if she never sang in public, I just wanted her to do the lessons: Shana used to send us recordings of Molly singing & we were blown away and really emotional as we had never heard Molly sing before.
We are very musical family - me and my daughters Poppy & Violet always sing in our house & in the car at the top of our voices, Molly never joined in as she was too shy even in front of us.
When we started home schooling the change in Molly was immediate. She no longer cared what people thought. She began having some holistic therapy for her anxiety which really helped her. Then she decided that she wanted to do a singing recoding on You Tube and we were shocked:
Everyone that knew her could NOT believe it was her! Her voice was so strong and soulful. She then surprised my sister and recorded a song for her wedding day/ first dance. Everyone was so impressed, that boosted her confidence a lot. She also made a video for it and put it on You Tube.
Two years on and Molly has gone from strength to strength. She is pretty fearless, she managed to get into one of the best Music industry colleges in the uk (with an audition singing one of her own songs as she only has two GCSES)
She now gets the tube to London every day, sings weekly in Camden, writes songs, plays guitar and much more!
Her voice is phenomenal and very unique. She is passionate about being herself as a musician, turning down big music TV shows for that reason. She loves writing about things that she is passionate about and helping others with anxiety. Molly has been interviewed on a couple of local radio stations about anxiety, mental health and how music has changed her life - she's even sang live on the radio.
People that knew her from a few year ago can not believe that she is the same person! I'm really proud of how far she has come and am excited to see what's to come.
I think she's totally a girl on fire!
Emily (Molly’s mum)