Disciple, Daughter, Sister, Athlete, Consultant, Teacher
Chantelle Anderson is a former professional athlete and award-winning medical sales representative turned spiritual entrepreneur.
She specializes in helping others get closer to God as they build the confidence they need to live the life He's called them to. Chantelle's joy is infectious and she leaves others inspired and equipped to succeed.
Her mission is to provide a million women with the tools to build identity and confidence in Jesus, walk in their full potential and impact the world in an exponential way.
“Pass it on.”
Have you ever looked back at your life and thought, “There’s no way I went through that just for me”?
That’s how I feel when I look at mine.
Like, there has to be an easier way to learn the things I know than the way I did it.
Confidently His is my way of passing on those lessons I learned the hard way.
It's funny because when people see my resume, they assume I'm someone who's never been through anything. And while that's a great thought, it's not the truth.
So here's the real story.
I'm not sure if I started out shy or not. I just know that after living in an abusive situation and a custody battle between my parents, I ended up that way at the beginning of sixth grade. I was the type who watched everything but didn't say much because I just knew it would come out wrong.
Being the tallest one in my class - even taller than the boys - and wearing glasses that covered almost my entire face didn't help, and I was bullied through middle school. "Olive Oil, Jolly Green Giant, Four Eyes"... the list goes on. I even got called "white girl" for "talking proper."
The bullying stopped when I ended up being really good at sports in high school. But that didn't replace the feeling of being worthless.It actually got worse because with each award I won, I felt more and more like a fake.
Despite struggling with eating disorders and self-harming behavior, I became the best basketball player on the West Coast and signed a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Two months after, I was sexually assaulted. That didn't help the situation...
I'm so thankful for basketball though, because it saved me from myself in those early years. It kept me from completely falling apart and taught me how to live confidently even when I didn't feel confident.
The better I got, the more I was able to build confidence in that arena, in my skills on the court, no matter what was happening off it.
And it worked for four years in college as I became a 3-time All-American and Vanderbilt's all-time scoring leader.
After college my dream was to play in the WNBA, and I did in Sacramento, San Antonio and Atlanta. I also played in France, Russia, Hungary, Lebanon and Turkey – Istanbul was my fave. On the basketball court I learned who I was, how to work, and how to conquer fear.
I always dreamed of Lisa Leslie type success but that wasn't in the cards for me. After 3 injuries in 3 years - a broken kneecap, torn Achilles, and a torn ACL - my body made it clear that we couldn't play basketball anymore.
And as my dream career ended, my confidence crashed. I no longer had the one thing most of it was built on.
At that point I made a decision.
I refused to retire at 29 and spend the rest of my life wishing I was still playing, hating whatever job I ended up with, and not knowing myself apart from the game.
So Elizabeth Gilbert style, I went on my own "Eat, Pray, Love" journey to find myself and to build confidence in that person once I found her. It took living intentionally, a lot of time and introspection, some tears and a bunch of journal pages - over 400 if you're curious.
Along this journey, things started happening.
I FINALLY turned my life over to Jesus after running from Him for so long. I learned how to find and then build genuine confidence in who I was through the Scriptures, apart from everything that had given me validation throughout my life.
On that path I finally addressed past events that I'd swept under the rug because I didn't want to deal with them. And with God, that brought healing.
I discovered the talents that had made me great at basketball were transferable to other areas of life and extremely valuable in business. And my faith in God became the foundation of learning how to believe in myself the same way I believed in and supported those around me.
With inner change came outer change. I started to stand out, not just because I'm 6'6" but because of the presence and confidence I brought into each room in every situation. It was crazy because I didn't realize it until people I knew started commenting on the difference.
Whenever I talked about how shy I used to be they would ask me how I changed and what I did to find my confidence. And I found that I absolutely loved helping people with their own journey. It never felt like work.
And that's how Confidently His started, to help as many women as possible find identity, confidence, clarity, and success in their lives through God, no matter what they've been through.
Overall, I love sushi, road trips and own every single Harry Potter movie. I’m super absent-minded, an introvert living an extrovert's life, a recovering perfectionist and aspiring essentialist.
I’m passionate about success but never at the expense of authenticity.
God created everyone to live a confident life in Him and I want to help them do it!
So to you, thanks for reading my story, and I hope we can connect soon.
In Grace & Gratitude,
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:5