Gracia Burns- TEFL Certified Teacher and Accent Coach

Hey there!

I’m Gracia, it’s a pleasure to meet you. If you don’t mind, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. When I was 14 years old, I learned you could teach English as a foreign language. I immediately thought of all of the cool and amazing things I could see and do. But most importantly, I thought of the amazing people I could help. This idea became an obsession of mine for most of my life.

I am absolutely fascinated about language

Since I was a child, I’ve studied multiple languages, and have had my fair share of ups and downs. Over the years I would study various languages as a hobby. It usually depended on my friend, jobs and particular interests at the time. I never thought of this as anything unusual. It was just something I did. I realized that there were some languages I gravitated to more and some I really struggled to understand. This insight would be very helpful later.

Helping people rebuild their confidence when Speaking English is one of my purposes in life.

A little more about me

When I had the opportunity to teach, I had to figure out how to make the best of it. So, I decided to create a business that allowed me to contribute to the growing number of people around the world. People wanting to build a legacy for themselves, their families, and communities. I could fulfil a burning desire in my heart to help people and see the world at the same time.

Who am I

Born and raised in the US. I always knew my life would lead me to amazing places around the world. I taught Business English in Hamburg, Germany before moving to The Gambia. My husband and I welcomed our beautiful daughter in 2018.

Teaching English has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember

Fun Facts about me

  • I love all things creative and crafty
  • Classically trained Cellist and Bass Guitarist
  • Soap maker, cheese maker, seamstress

Let’s get to the nitty gritty​

The thing is, I have always been a pretty unique person. I have never fit into any particular mold or style. That is one of the things I love the most about myself. I spent so much time believing I wasn’t allowed to do what I wanted because it was a dead end lifestyle. That meant I wasn’t able to have a career that allowed me to contribute to the world, let alone fulfil a burning desire in my heart to help people and see the world at the same time.

To make things worse, I felt terrible because I wasn’t fulfilling my own destiny, instead, I was ignoring my wishes and desires. I had a horrible feeling that my true passions in life were absolutely worthless.

I hit a wall​

It’s so crazy to admit it but, I spent 20 years doing what other people wanted which left me completely miserable. The kind of misery that left me living in a fog for days on end, drinking a bottle of wine a night and smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. That kind of misery. So, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and take total control of my life. I never forgot about my dream to travel, so I decided, It was time. I was finally going to fulfil my dream and do what I wanted, not what other people told me I was supposed to do. This made me realize how much time I had wasted, believing I would never be good enough.

Time to take control of the way you communicate

Then, as if by chance, something amazing was about to happen…

I decided to step out of my comfort zone and start doing things my way. In order to teach, I had to get over some major roadblocks in my own life. One of those roadblocks was allowing others to tell me who I am. Control means taking ownership for my decisions. Decisions that might be scary for other people. It’s time to get very comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

The next step is to do something I have always avoided. Time to get comfortable speaking in front of the camera. It became crystal clear how I could do this. First big step, I started by recording myself every day, no matter if I had anything important to talk about or not. It was the greatest way to overcome my discomfort of speaking. My confidence was rebuilding by using something I had been so afraid of, Me.

The power was in me all along, to get over this fear that had been put inside of me. I was completely capable of being confident and having total control of my own communication. 

As a result I began the process to get certified to teach English as a foreign language. It’s possible this was the most exciting educational experience of my life.  Soon after, I started planning my trip to move to Germany and live with my long time boyfriend, who soon became my husband.

Suddenly, I would be living the dream I had since I was 14 years old and starting the journey to finding my true self.

The Big Idea​

My plan was to start teaching English and helping people fulfil their dreams just as I had. I started realizing there was a very common theme with all of my students. They lacked the confidence to speak English. This was something I knew all too well. Every lesson was focused on understanding the roadblocks my students had, and working towards clearing a path. But I didn’t stop there.

I got to work and busted my ass thinking of every experience I had studying languages and how I overcame challenges and what I still struggled with. .

After that, I began the process of creating training programs for people who really need my assistance. But there was still a problem.

More trouble ahead​

It took me quite a while to sort through the fluff of what is out there currently. So much time and energy was spent figuring out what people need and how I can present the information in the best possible way.

I was still overcoming the belief that I wasn’t good enough. As I continued teaching private lessons, it finally started to sink in that people valued the information I was providing, and I was getting better at teaching in a way that resonated with people. Since I have studied languages, I understand the challenges people face and I know just how devastating it can be to feel worthless and stupid.

I didn’t want to give up, I had no desire to give up. But I had to dig deep to figure out how to deliver my  message to people and not be just another faceless voice in the void of online teachers giving out the same boring information. My students needed me to pick up the pace. People needed a solution.

Transformation Station​

After creating The Confidence Project, I was not only able to help people around the world and teach my daughter the importance of following her dreams. I’ve also been able to stop stressing about providing value to my students and wondering if I made the right choice for my own future. I can we can now see the results of so many amazing and talented people overcoming their fear and anxiety of speaking English.

And in the end, all of this means I’m now able to help a lot more people achieve their dream of speaking English and advance their own careers, travel the world and fulfil their destiny. .

Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask.