2.09.2016

Piecing Together Our Stories

Hi everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start so far! I can't believe we're already in February - this year is going by way too fast. I can't wait to share all of the exciting things that will be happening (hopefully!) for RISE like a girl within the next few months. As always, thanks again for tagging along on our journey together. It means so much! 




Last week in RISE like a girl, we talked about the power of stories. The stories we have to tell are a result of the meaningful experiences that have come our way. The person we become is the sum of our triumphs, our failures, the opportunities we've been given, and the people we have met. The girls spent time telling their stories to each other last week and reflecting on how that experience made an impact on their sense-of-self today. 
I want my girls to know that there is power is sharing your story. As empowered girls, the only way we can rise above societal limitation is by owning the power of our voice. Our voices matter and they deserve to be shared. We share our stories for the following reasons: 

1. It turns weakness into strength. 
We all experience struggle and heartbreak at some point in our lives. Instead of keeping it inside and letting it eat us apart, we can assign power to that story by letting it out. Keeping our pain inside only leads to more pain because you are allowing that emotion to control you. However, when we let it out and share it with others, we take back the power by not letting that emotion take over. Sharing stories of struggle helps you reclaim your strength. 
2. Sharing vulnerability inspires deep connection with others. 
We all fear being the only one dealing with a certain problem. However, truth is, many of us are struggling with the same thing. By opening our hearts and bearing our soul, we become transparent. Transparency fosters trusted and strong relationships between people that cannot be broken. 
3. Self-reflection is the key to growth. 
Knowing where we've been and where we have to go is powerful. Taking the time reflect on what we've been through forces us to assess what we did right, what we did wrong, and how we could do it differently next time. Once we're aware of what we're truly capable of, the only place to go is up. 

This week was all about putting those stories together to show just how beautiful our world can be. 

I want you to think about 2 things: 

         
      A blanket                                  A tapestry

What's the difference between these two things? Well, the blanket is plain and grey while the tapestry is detailed and colorful. If I had to choose one that was more aesthetically pleasing, I would surely choose the tapestry. The tapestry is unique. It represent an artistic expression of creativity in a way that the blanket just doesn't even come close to. 

The tapestry represents our world - the fusion of people from various backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. We are not one-dimensional like the blanket, we are a culture that is rich in color. All of our stories come together to make our world into the beautifully diverse place we live in today. The diversity in our stories is a privilege that all of us so easily forget to enjoy. How lucky we are to live in a place where cultural knowledge is right at our finger tips. I don't have to only spend time with people that share the same story. I have the honor and privilege of learning from others as they share their own unique story. 

Maya Angelou Quote by Nate Williams Illustration and Hand Lettering:


The girls pieced together their stories this week to make their own beautiful tapestry. There is power is togetherness. When we join our authentic stories, it's easy to see just how beautiful diversity can be. Our story tapestry is currently hanging in the hallway at our school for other students and teachers to see! 





I encourage you all to share YOUR story with someone you know! It may just be exactly what that person needs to hear. 
Sending lots of love and gratitude your way! Have a great week! 

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