RISE like a girl Weekend Retreat

Happy Sunday! I hope you're enjoying the new look of the blog as much as I am. It's truly an incredible feeling to see my dream come alive and I'm glad you're all along with me for the ride. 

Before I tell you about how AWESOME the retreat was this weekend, I thought I'd share a little background about the development of all of the new things that have happened recently. I spent my summer working in Norway as a nanny for a family that I tutored for here in Houston. I was away from my family, my boyfriend, and my friends for the majority of the summer, which I'm sure you can imagine, was super challenging at times. I spent a lot of time alone and I found myself craving a personal connection with someone in a way I had never felt before. Yes, I could talk to my family and friends through text and FaceTime, but it just wasn't the same. For a multitude of other reasons as well, this summer was most definitely a test of my resilience and strength. But looking back, I can honestly say that I am thankful. The alone time forced me to dig deep within and discover who I am and what I want. It gave me the space and time to dream bigger for my organization. It reconfirmed my passion and proved just how badly I want this dream to come true. The time I spent working on myself this summer led to the birth of the new name, logo, and website. Little by little, things are coming together. It's overwhelming, for sure, but exciting to see how my efforts are making an impact. One day, ALL girls will be able to embrace who they are, own their voice, and dream big. 

Yesterday was the 1st annual RISE like a girl Weekend Retreat. Sixteen out of my nineteen 3rd and 4th graders came out to a local park in Houston - I'd say that's a pretty good turn out! I wanted to have the retreat to kick off the year and make the big announcement about the new name and logo. It was great to see them embrace each other again. This club has created an obvious sisterhood between them and it's a beautiful thing to watch. My heart felt so full. I've missed those girls more than you can imagine. They have my heart. 

Here's a group photo of us! (I'm in the back but it's hard to tell because my 4th graders are as tall as me!) 

The new logo shows a girl superhero shooting up to the sky to achieve her dreams. It's kid-friendly, it's simple, and most importantly it sums up everything I believe in. It symbolizes power and achievement in a girl-friendly way. I love everything about it and I'm so proud that it's mine. One of the main purposes of the weekend retreat was to reveal the new logo and name to the girls and their families. So I decided it would be fitting to make the theme of yesterday's lesson all about super powers! 

What's your super power? 

What is something that sets you apart from everyone else? What is your unique strength that you can share with the world around you? How will you use your strength to make an impact? 

I have found that my strength becomes clearer the more that I realize my weaknesses. For example, I just started my 3rd year of teaching 2nd grade. Teaching is probably one of the most challenging jobs there is because it never gets easy. Every year, you start over - new kids, new curriculum, new schedule, new teammates. All of it is new. It's a humbling experience over and over again. Through these years of being a teacher I have learned that I'm not good at accepting change with the start of a new school year. It's really hard for me. Harder than most. Why? Because I create an intensely close relationship with my students that makes it near impossible to say goodbye and welcome another group. Every year, I invite my students into my world by sharing my life, inviting them into my space, spending my extra money on making them feel special. I tell them I love them on the first day of school and not a day goes by where they leave my classroom without hearing an "I love you" from me. I may not be the best at teaching my students all of the math strategies they need to take a test, but I know that I'm pretty great at making them feel loved. 

So that's my superpower: making others feel loved and cared for

I encouraged the girls to discover their super power as well. They wrote it on a name tag and wore it for the rest of the day. I encourage you to do the same. Wear your super power loud and proud. Allow others to see it from the minute they meet you. We all have a unique gift to share with the world. Someone in your circle is waiting for YOU to save them. Share your strength. 

The girls worked in teams to create their own female superhero. I told them to create someone that can save girls from the problems we all face, such as stereotyping, poor self esteem, and silencing our voice. 

They worked together to make superheroes that redefine girl world and inspire other to believe that gender isn't a limitation. 

The motto for the year is this - 
"Little girls with dreams become women with vision"

I'm on a mission to transform the hearts and minds of young girls into believing that no dream is too big. RISE like a girl is teaching girls to own their voice, embrace their beauty, and rise like stars. 
Join us on our mission to change the world!

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Exciting News!

Hi everyone!! We are finally back for another awesome year and I have so much exciting news to share with you! Thanks to your love and support last year, I spent all summer working on making my dream come alive. I look forward to making an even bigger impact this year in the lives of my 19 deserving girls. It's definitely going to take time, but I'm proud of the work I've accomplished so far and I am pumped to share it with you today! Today's post is in honor of my birthday today. I know that my 25th year will be my best year yet as I pursue my passions and make my dreams come true! I am grateful to be able to share this journey with all of you. Without further adieu, here we go... 

Drum roll please! 

1. A brand new name! 

As I'm sure you noticed, Girl Rising is no longer. The name Girl Rising is unfortunately already the name of a well-known documentary. I wanted to come up with a name that was 100% my own so that I could brand it as mine and start my business. After much thought and consideration, our new name is RISE like a girl. I am totally in love with the new name and everything that it represents. (Check out the "Mission" page to see what it all means!) I hope that you love it as much as I do. 

2. A beautiful new website! 

Having the blog for the past year has been really special. It has given the opportunity to express my voice in a way I never thought I could. But honestly, as far as aesthetics are concerned, it was ugly. Graphic design is not my strength so I got someone to help me create my brand in the form of my website. I am so happy with how it turned out! It's not just a blog anymore. Now you can see my mission statement, parent & student testimonials, a donation page, and my contact information. 

3. A kick-butt logo! 

Ah! How awesome is my logo?! It's everything I ever wanted it to be. It's a simple, yet powerful image that completely encompasses everything RISE like a girl is all about. 

4. Social media! 

We now have a Facebook page and an Instagram to get the word out about all of the wonderful things RISE like a girl is doing. Please like and follow to show your support! 
Facebook: RISE like a girl 
Instagram: riselikeagirl 
Links to both pages can be found at the top of this page. 

That's it! I hope you're just as excited about everything as I am. These new additions are helping build the foundation to eventually make RISE like a girl my business. Please support the girls and I by likingfollowing, and donating. Your support truly means the world to me. 

Blogs will begin again in 2 weeks after our 1st annual RISE like a girl Retreat! Have a great week!