Written as a message to my daughters…which in turn, became a reminder to myself…
Live. Live BIG. Break rules. Don’t spend time in front of the mirror. Focus on how you feel. Let go of stereotypes and preconceived notions. FREE YOURSELF OF EXPECTATIONS. You are beautiful.
Be kind to your body. It is a precious vessel. Nurture it. Love it. Accept it.
Run a race at least once in your life. The rush of crossing a finish line will change you, forever. Teaching you that your body is strong, but your mind is even stronger.
Chin up. Shoulders back. Steady feet. YOU’VE GOT THIS. You’re here for a reason. Your dreams can change lives. And when you’re nervous – because you will be – smile and laugh. It helps.
Believe in fairytales. Wish upon stars. Write your own happy ending.
Stand your ground. Hold tight to your values. Find the balance between humility and confidence. Fight for those learning to find their voice. Compassion over hate always wins. Giving over taking will always reap the biggest reward. And letting go of the hurt will set you free. FORGIVE YOURSELF.
PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. It’ll be the hardest and best decision you’ve ever made. Ignore the haters. They are projecting hurt and insecurities that you’ll never understand. Instead, let them see you boldly and lovingly embrace your imperfections.
Be the first to raise your hand. It’s not nerdy – it’s awesome. When you know the answer, speak up. And don’t sit in the back of the classroom – it’s a dangerous life pattern to slip into. Study for tests. Think about what you want to be when you grow up.
Dream big. Then DREAM BIGGER. Fall in love – with yourself first. Only then can you give the best parts of yourself to the world around you.
You are a spark.
A force to be reckoned with.
This is your life. Live it with all you have.
This message – our ‘Ode to a Girl’ – is now available in print on our website. Sized to an 11×14 stunning poster, this beauty is great for framing and displaying. Get one for yourself, your daughter or your girlfriends (and yes, we recommend all of the above.)
About this message:
This past July, I wrote this for my two young girls, Alexis and Allison. Every year, on their birthdays, I write them a love letter – it is my present to them. To articulate in words what their presence on this earth means to me. To let them know they are loved beyond measure. And this year, my birthday love letter was written at a particularly uncertain time in my life. I found that in writing it, while it was my love wish to them…it was also a reminder to myself.
We’re all learners. We’re all seeking a place of contentment. And this – this is a message of self-acceptance. For our girls. And for ourselves. We hope you share it. With your daughter, sister, friend, mother – with the ones you love most and the ones who need to hear it. And we hope you allow this message in as well – we must love ourselves first. Only then can we give the best parts of ourselves to the world around us.