Girls to the Moon was created to launch confident girls to be their best selves, impact their communities and create a more inclusive culture. While focusing on our values of inclusivity, respect, empathy, fearlessness and truth, I’ve learned quite a few life lessons while empowering girls to change the world.
Learn How to Say NO.
No to every party.
No to that date with the person you’re not really into.
No to volunteering, again.
No to that needy friend.
No to that client who expects you to answer his call during dinner.
No to the social pressure of organized religion.
No to the person who tells you to smile more.
No is incredibly powerful.
Surround Yourself With People Who Make You Better.
I figured this out in high school but was too stubborn to realize it. When you surround yourself with people who are smarter and wiser and more empathetic, you will become smarter, wiser and more empathetic. Choose your friends wisely and help them become better, too.
Become Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable.
Sometimes it’s hard to be the person at the party or the dinner table who says they’re not comfortable with an inappropriate joke. It’s even harder when that person may be related to you or someone you love. We’ve got to set the examples for others around us. If we don’t speak up against hate or racism or sexism or someone being mean, we’re saying that silence is an appropriate response.
Stop Talking Negatively About Yourself.
Stop pointing out your belly fat, stretch marks, double chin, or whatever it is that you think makes you less than beautiful. You wouldn’t tolerate hearing your daughter, niece or little sister berate herself the way you sometimes do. And you want to know something? She’s just mimicking what she hears you say. (This goes for guys, too.)
It sounds so simple, right? But with our busy lives and addiction to technology, sometimes we don’t hang up the phone in the check-out line and completely ignore the person who is serving us in a restaurant. Maybe we’ve had a horrible day and the waiter is the one who gets our wrath all while our kids are watching us. Kindness leads to empathy and empathy can change the world.
Be Bold. Make Good Trouble.
It was Congressman John Lewis who coined the term “good trouble,” and we love it! Sometimes you’ve got to be the one to take the first step. People will follow your lead. If you see something that needs to be fixed, step in and fix it. If you want to make a difference, take action.
Start the Conversation.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes it just takes one person to start a conversation that’s
incredibly important? Don’t be afraid to be the one to bring it up. Raise your hand. Stand up. Speak up.
Don’t be Afraid to Fail.
Growing up, I tried to be perfect. I was afraid to go outside of my comfort zone and try new things.
I wish someone told me that failure was good for me. Today, I celebrate failure and invite others to do so. It helps you grow, teaches you humility and sets you up for future success. This topic is so important to us, we’re kicking off this year’s Campference with a “Failure Festival” where we will celebrate failure instead of fear it.
Want to learn more? Join us on September 15th at Nossi College for our 4th Annual Campference.