Express Yourself!

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend with your family and friends. :)

One of the many reasons why I created Girl Rising was because I wanted to teach girls all of the things that I desperately wish someone had told me when I was growing up. From the time I was in 4th grade all the way through my first couple years of college, I struggled with feelings of insecurity and self doubt. I lived in fear of thinking that everyone was judging me. I missed out on opportunities because I was afraid of what others would think. I spent all of my time letting other people define my identity and allowing them to determine my happiness. Because of this, the real Kelsey was lost. I had no idea who I was because I never took value in getting to know me.  It wasn't until I finally felt comfortable enough in my own skin that I was able to step back and get to know me for me, the good and the bad. The real me is pretty awesome and it's a shame it took me so long to figure that out. I don't want my girls to feel how I felt. I want to be the person that prepares them by saying, "This is what you will go through, this is how you'll feel, but this is how you'll conquer it". I want my girls to awaken their awesomeness now, not 15 years from now. 

This week was all about self expression. Expressing yourself authentically is actually really difficult. In order to allow ourselves to be free, we have to be okay with being vulnerable.  You have to be put it all out there without worrying about anyone else but yourself. It's definitely difficult, but when you finally do it, there's not greater feeling.  The only person you know how to be is YOU! Be confident in who you are and express yourself in a way to fulfills who you are inside. 

The girls are doing a great job of expressing themselves weekly in their journals. It brings me to tears to see how much they have grown since the beginning. They are thinking of things so critically now and are digging deeper to come up with the most authentic reflections. I am so incredibly proud of the little feminists they are becoming. 

Here's a couple of my favorites from this past week: 
Don't come in the world with a script. Come into the world making your own life.
And especially don't get that script from a boy. Be in control.
Pretend the world is a piece of paper. You be the one who writes on it.
Don't let the world write it for you. 

Women should fit on this earth. Picture a $5 bill - the boys are 3 and the girls are 2.
Girls should be 3 too. We should be equal to all men. Women, let's not be $5, like men 3 and girls 2.
Let's be $6, boys 3 and girls 3. Us men and women fit the world.

One way that I have fun expressing myself is by singing and dancing. Not so much in front of adults but definitely with my students. It's a great way to practice self expression because it's different for everyone. We all do it differently and that's what makes dancing so special. So the girls and I played a little game this week called Pop See Ko and it was seriously the greatest thing ever. I live for these moments I get to spend together. 

Take some time this week to stay true to you! Whether it's through dancing, singing, or writing, express yourself in a way that is authentically you. Be proud to be who you are because you are special! 

"Today you are you, 
that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive
who is youer than you!" 
- Dr. Seuss

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