Hey there!! I am soooooo super duper excited right now! In 3 days I will be conducting my first girls workshop, Cupcakes & Crowns. This workshop is designed for girls ages 5 through 11 and it’s all about empowerment. My goal is to empower them in self-love and help reinforce or build their self-confidence and self-esteem.
I have a plaque in my home office that says, “do you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be”? I very clearly remember who I was, which is why I want to work with other little girls and do workshops like Cupcakes & Crowns. Because I know that when the world invades, it can completely take over and change little girls, in a negative way. Before the world told me who I should be, I was amazing! I was confident, friendly, outgoing, a social butterfly with dreams that extended far beyond the neighborhood or house I lived in. Then it happened…..the world came in and told me I wasn’t valuable, I wasn’t good enough, I wasn’t smart enough. After that, I changed. I became a different person. I became withdrawn, defensive, my self-esteem was low and all of a sudden, a lot of my dreams seemed impossible and unrealistic. I hated my hair, my body and couldn’t see my own value.
This is what happened to me when the world invaded and this is what happens to little girls all over the world, every day.
A prime example of this is my niece. She is almost 6 years old and she is a sassy, smart, loving and sweet little girl. But one negative comment from a little boy in her class, who apparently told her she wasn’t smart, and suddenly she was questioning herself and decided that he was right, she wasn’t smart. I was so angry when she told me about it. Here she is, this amazing little powerhouse and her confidence and sense of self-worth is shaken by the negativity of another person. After having a nice discussion with her about it, I reached the realization that I’m very happy to be doing Cupcakes & Crowns because it is needed.
Every day our little girls are bombarded with negativity that changes them from the supergirls they are, into shy and intimidated women who are unsure of themselves and afraid to live up to their full potential. The truth of the matter is, we ALL have the potential for greatness, under the right guidance and with the right, positive encouragement and reinforcement.
While some of my experiences growing up were painful and I couldn’t understand why me, now, as an adult, I understand and am grateful for it all. It is because of those experiences that I am able to understand the need for, and conduct workshops like Cupcakes & Crowns. I’m happy that I can take my experiences and use them to affect positive change in the lives of young girls.
This is just the first of many workshops and I can’t wait!
Hoping to change the world, one girl at a time,