I am a passionate person. I get all hyped up when talking about something I’m passionate about. So you have fair warning: This is going to be a passionate post!
I have been a big fan of Dove and what they’ve been doing for women and self-esteem for a while now. I just loved their “True Beauty Sketches” on YouTube. If you haven’t seen them yet, I suggest you watch. They’re inspiring!
I just really have a hard time with the way most women treat themselves — myself included. It’s so easy to look at the next girl and think “I wish I had ___.” Fill in the blank. Her hair, her eyes, her perfect kids, her body, her lips — the list could go on forever! It such a shame because we are so uniquely beautiful! Imagine if we all embraced our true beauty, without putting anyone else down, but instead lifting each other up. Imagine what women could accomplish!
So when Dove asked me to be a part of a campaign they are running – Help Make Girls Unstoppable– I was so excited! I have long wanted to work with them and like I said, I absolutely love their message.
A lot of the insecurities in women are things that have festered in our lives since we were little girls. Not because we had bad parents or anything, It’s more like it’s something we’re born with. So how do we move up from here? How do women feel better about themselves? How about starting at the source: young girls. If we can encourage and inspire young girls to believe in themselves, embrace their true beauty, and go for their goals, imagine what they’ll look like as women? You guessed it – Unstoppable!
I have three young cousins, my cousins’ daughters. They are best friends and funny, happy, sweet little girls. They all love and support each other, which I think is fabulous. I asked these girls to come over to do some activities with me for this campaign.
I asked them to name 5 things about their friends that they love and that they think is beautiful. It was easy! They all had a ton of nice things to say about the other girls. It was so sweet, because they really do love each other.
Then I asked them, each individually, to name a couple things about themselves that they liked. Interestingly enough, it was harder for them to come up with things. They were coming up with things that they were good at, like gymnastics and swimming and doing nails, but they had a harder time coming up with things that were beautiful about themselves.
And honestly, as a testament to how amazing their mothers are, they didn’t have anything negative to say about themselves either. It was really encouraging to not hear them bash themselves in different ways. Although I know this was only a little snippet of their lives, at least it didn’t come out. So – want to meet the girls? They’re truly amazing, loving, funny little girls. Wait, sorry, they’re not little girls, they’re more like young women. They’re getting so old!
Abby is 9 years old and wants to be a gymnast. She is super sweet and loves to make people laugh. She is silly and funny and loving and supportive. She has a beautiful smile and pretty hair!
This is Bella. She is a sensitive sweetheart. She is always so amazing to my boys. She loves to hold babies and loves making friends. She’s easy to get along with and has piercing, blue eyes.
This is Brooklynn. She is honest, straightforward and curious. She loves fashion & style and is great at doing nails. She has pretty, long hair, is tall for her age and loves it!
I made a little video with snippets of my times with these girls. I am really proud of them & of this project. I would love it if you shared this post, or the video or the campaign. And if you have a second to leave an encouraging note for these girls, I would love to read it to them!
And now go tell the young girls in your life how beautiful they are!!