Let’s be honest, at one time or another we have all faced some type of rejection. It could be something small, like asking your parents if you can take their car or something bigger like asking someone to prom. Either way, I don’t know too many people who love to hear the word no. That was until I attended the WDS conference where Jia Jiang spoke about his journey on overcoming rejection. When you watch the video below you will see how he purposely sought out rejection for 100 days straight. His objective for this crazy experiment was to better cope with rejction in the future. After listening to Jia Jiang speak, I’m now trying to look at rejection a little differently. I don’t think no is awesome to hear, but I think it’s more about what value we put into the rejection that makes it so hard. I think we often internalize the no to mean there … Keep reading
I have bad news for many of you…the school year is right around the corner. Whether you are headed to college or high school, it will be here before you know it. I feel like summer is a tricky time for many. Throughout the school year, you long for the summer and many of you even count down the days. When it finally arrives it can feel kind of weird to have so much free-time on your hands. Early on, you may have struggled with feeling bored. It takes awhile to transition from the rigid schedule of the school year to the mass quantity of time that you now have on your plate. It also seems like right when you get into the swing of things, summer is almost over and it is time to start thinking about the next school year. So the question is, “How do you enjoy the … Keep reading
This weeks guest blog post is from an inspiring young woman named Whitney Stream. I love her message in the blog below, where she shares with us her journey of becoming healthy from the inside out. I think her message is incredibly important. So many women struggle with having a healthy body image and loving themselves. I’m extremely impressed by her passion for healthy living and helping others. I encourage you to check out her amazing Facebook page called Fit with Whit. Lacrosse, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, softball, dance, basketball; just to name a few sports I played growing up. It’s safe to say that I’ve been active for the better part of my 22 years of life. However, it wasn’t until this past year or so that I actually realized how important having a healthy lifestyle really is! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. Just because I was … Keep reading
Below is a wonderful blog post written by Kathryn Turek. She is going into her freshman year in college and was a part of the recent Girls Dreaming Big Personal Growth and Development Trip to Bali. I am so proud of her for having the confidence to go after her dreams at such a young age. Dreams are conquerable! That is something I never thought I could tell myself. Throughout my life I had so many interests and some would stick out more than others. Third to seventh grade I had this intense passion for weather. I would keep a weather journal, watch storms as they approach, take pictures, and so many other weather related activities. There was also a time when I wanted to be a teacher…pshhh.That dream ended quickly when I realized the whole homework thing and having to grade papers. I mean who enjoys doing homework, let … Keep reading
10. Monkey Forest Road On the first day we were in Bali, we decided to get a feel for Ubud (the city in which we were staying) and walk around Monkey Forest Road. Along the road we found cute shops and tasty restaurants. The girls were pleasantly surprised that they could find food they liked. The open air setting to the restaurants made it a fun experience. From there we headed to the Sacred Monkey Forest to get a closer look at the monkeys. They were cute, scary, and definitely not shy about approaching you. The admission only cost $2 and in addition to the monkeys, there were beautiful temples to explore. Monkey Forest Road was a great way to introduce the girls to Bali. 9. The Pool Day and the Villa Itself While in Bali we stayed at Villa Agung Khalia. It is a spectacular villa owned by an American … Keep reading
For my first video blog post, I decided to answer the question, “How do you deal with changing friend groups?” I noticed that a lot of young women struggle with this issue. During high school and college you are going through a ton of growth and changes. You are figuring out who you are and deciding what you value. This can sometimes be in conflict with what your friends are doing. In the video, I brought along two very special guests, Chelsea Goodman and Sally Owens to help me discuss this topic. We will share stories and tips to help you through it. I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below sharing what you thought or if you ever dealt with this.
One random morning in January, I was getting ready for school and thinking about how happy I was to finally have a name for my company. I’ve always known I wanted to work with young women helping them figure out who they are and what they want in life, but I wasn’t exactly sure at that point, what the company would look like or how I would go about achieving my goal. It’s funny how some of the best ideas just pop into your head at moments of random activities. While doing my hair, I was pondering on the company’s name “Girls Dreaming Big” and thinking about what has inspired me to dream big. It hit me out of no where that I wanted to take young women overseas to do a combination trip of service, sightseeing and nightly seminars. For me, my life changed dramatically the summer after my … Keep reading
Growing up for me was tough for many reasons. I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri in an area with quite a bit of new money, something of which we definitely didn’t have. We weren’t poor by any means, but my sister and I regularly got made fun of on the bus for our off brand outfits. It was made clear to us that we didn’t fit in and our clothing choices were not ok. To make matters worse, I was one of the only Jewish kids at my school and faced quite a bit of anti-semiticism. On top of feeling out of place because of my clothes and religion, I was lucky enough to hit the ugly duckling jackpot. I had coke bottle glasses that took up much of my face, a mouth full of metal, dumbo ears and a huge mop of permed mall hair. Let me tell you, it … Keep reading