#LikeAGirl

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Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty’s really no picnic either, it’s easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl’s self-confidence.

Always kicked off an epic  campaign to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

Yesterday, when I was on instagram, someone posted this photo (you see in my post) and the caption was, “in highschool when I played soccer i was quick – for a girl. I got asked to be on the track team ( I denied it, now I wish I did) shortly after is when I quit soccer…”, 8dac6ab3322f816109bcac72b7b56fd7this really irritated me. After seeing Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign I take offense to the statement “like a girl”. When is it ever said in a positive manner? Can you tell me the last time you heard someone utter those words in a positive light? If you can, I would love to hear about it.

Check out the #LikeAGirl campaign video below and give me your thoughts. Let’s turn this statement around! Snaps to Always for claiming it wants to improve young girls’ self-esteem.

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paying a little respect

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In the summer of 2010, I made my way to DC for the first time. I landed an internship through an internship program. As a joke, the internship program was always referred to as “The Program”, which is how people still refer to it. I’ve realized that through it all, I don’t know if I would be in DC now without participating in this internship opportunity in 2010. So here’s a little shout out to The Program and everyone who made it possible. One year later in 2011, I wrote an email to the CEO. This is what I had to say, and I couldn’t have said it better myself a second time around.

It’s been one week, six days, 9 hours and some odd minutes since I finally had the opportunity to meet you and hear your story in DC on June 8th. As I sit in front of my computer, I realize a lot has changed. I cannot seem to articulate my thoughts into the right words to express my sincere thanks, but nevertheless, I will try. The cursor is continually blinking in a rapid motion to my John Butler Trio Pandora station while the thoughts in my mind are bouncing off the walls, much like an intense game of squash. These thoughts of my dreams, the future, goals and the past are rampant.

It is most cliché to say: thank you, but there are no other words I can say to truly express my appreciation and gratitude. Eric, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to participate in The Program in D.C. This program sincerely changed me as a person. Daily, I was being asked to step out of my comfort zone and to push past my boundaries.

Generally, I would have hesitated, but since last summer, I no longer say no. I take each opportunity that presents itself, because who knows what will come of it; love it or hate it the chance was taken. Think. The worst thing that will happen is I hate whatever I did and I know not to do it again, but the best thing is you will have one hell of a story and experience afterwards.

Meeting you nearly 8 months after I completed the program put even more perspective into my life as a dreamer. I genuinely, know nothing is impossible and no dream is ever too big. Last year, I heard parts of your story, but it never impacted me as much as it did on the 8th.

Enrolling into The Program was one of the biggest chances and leaps of faith that I took. It was incredible. I never wanted last summer to end. The Program gave me both confidence and reassurance. The Program made me realize it was okay to let the huge walls I erected come down. I know there are times I find myself frightened enough to rebuild these walls, though the kindness and gentleness you’ve shown though last summer and your dreams have helped me to resist the urge to wall myself off from humanity. When I left in August, I was terrified and sad because I thought the reinvention of myself might slide back into my old self, but fear, not it only became more noticeable. My friends, parents and even professors commented on the way I was carrying myself, talking and articulating my choices.

I believe many people come into our lives for a reason.  We start certain things for a reason. Those reasons are not apparent when we start or when we meet that person, but there are often other reasons that become apparent at a later time. Each day I am learning this to be true.

Coming back to DC this summer I had high expectations. I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish – a Summer Bucket List- if you will, and each week at least one thing has been checked off. Without last summer, I would not be the reinvented person that I am today.

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a few words of wisdom

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Do you remember those nonsense chain emails that your friends and parents use to send you? More often than not when my mom would partake in them, she didn’t expect me to pass them along. She was sending me them for the message. I kept one of the emails in particular. I went back to read it, and something is compelling me to share it today. Enjoy.

Let me note by saying this is a little prayer. If you aren’t religious or a person of faith, that’s not the point. The reason I wanted to share this was the first sentence. Please, focus on the first sentence. It is beyond true, and I think this is the sign that you are searching for.

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never  did” When God takes something from your grasp. He’s not punishing you,  but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on  this sentence. “The will of God will never take you where the Grace of  God will not protect you.” Something good will happen to you today,  something that you have been waiting to hear. Just 27  Words, ‘God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries  and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.’  This prayer is so powerful.

As a Catholic, I do believe that prayer is a powerful thing and I also believe in chasing your dreams. If there is something you want, go after it. The only chances you miss are the opportunities you don’t take. Have confidence in yourself.

 

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& we’re off

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Men have No Shave November, which is awesome. Cool, grow a crazy beard and cut it off just in time for the holidays. It’s getting chilly out so it’s just another layer to keep you warm. I get the craze. Everyone wants in on the new fad. A few years ago in college, some people would participate in No Shave November for charity– that’s even cooler. I am all about doing something for cause and promoting awareness.

Men have a month, so why can’t women? In the past, the month of November has been considered to be No Makeup November. During My senior year in college, three women and I pledged to not wear makeup for an entire month. This was a lot harder than expected. As it is, I hardly wear makeup a few bushes of mascara and maybe a touch of blush– then we are good to go. But with No Makeup November, I want to explore who I am without hiding behind a mask. Unfortunately, our culture and society has painted us a picture that you are only beautiful with a painted face, and often that is not the case.  I understand that wearing make up is more necessary (essential) at times, and there are times when it isn’tsmile_large_large. For instance, I know when I mean meeting with my company’s executives, it’s not a bad idea to have a fresh face and to put on a touch of makeup. This isn’t to over do it.

No Makeup November is an experiment in confidence. By not wearing makeup for a month, you will naturally grow confidence in your own beauty and in your own skin. This month is a search for  answers. The goal of No Makeup November is to free women from beauty extortion. It will be challenging, but it will allow you to see the dependency makeup has on our lives.

I pledge, here and now, to not apply makeup & society’s definition of beauty to myself for the entire month. Realistically, I would love to allow myself to do this for an entire month; however, with a few business trips and a campaign on the horizon, I am pledging to not wear makeup for 20 of the 30 days in November.

Of course it will not be easy, but the outcome will be worth it. The goal: learn about myself, ideas of beauty, bringing awareness to others.

Stay beaYOUtiful.