It takes extraordinary courage to share your story. Sometimes we are scared of what others may think and we don’t want to feel or be vulnerable. But we are soon reminded that our stories have power, they have the power to help uplift, motivate and inspire others who may be dealing with the same insecurities or obstacles we faced ourselves and to never judge a book by its cover. You never know what someone else is going or have gone through.
Saturday was nothing short of amazing. Erin and Desiree Green, Founders of the Twin of Kind Foundation shared their story with the girls and it was powerful! These ladies don’t look like what they’ve been through. From being bullied in elementary school all the way up until college they shared how they were made fun of because of how they looked and found themselves literally running from bullies. From running away from bullies to running track which was their saving grace, going off to college to walking various runways, they’ve come along way. They shared with the girls that it’s ok to have fears but its even more important to overcome them and not let them hold you hostage. They had the girls do several exercises, the last one the most powerful. They had the girls walk the runway, but not just any runway. The runway of life. There were simple instructions given that they will carry with them throughout life – always walk with your head held high, your eyes focused on the prize, shoulders back, and walk with one foot in front of the other.
We all shared one thing in common, every girl and woman in the room and that was we all have a fear of some sort and we’ve all doubted ourselves at some point in time. The workshop was a great reminder that we all are that girl! We just have to embrace our imperfections and the things that make us different because it’s those exact things that make us special. Why try to fit in with other peoples standards and expectations when we were born to stand out? As women, we’ve all been that young girl trying to figure life out on our own because we thought no one understands. Some of us have been bullied or the bully, some of us have dimmed our light because others have made us feel like we shouldn’t shine that bright, and we’ve all been unsure of ourselves at some point in time. BUT regardless of age, every girl, every woman in the room was reminded that “I’m That Girl!” I am confident, bold, and uniquely gifted in my own right. I’m not distracted and I don’t need the approval of everyone around me. I am aware of the assets that make me unique and I’m committed to fulfilling my dreams and becoming a self-sufficient individual in society.
If you have a daughter between the ages of 9-17 get them connected with the Twin Of A Kind Foundation for future workshops and classes. Visit them online at www.twinofakindfoundation.org.