✨Rising Strong’s next Community Highlight is 7 year old, Natalya.✨
This ongoing feature is to recognize amazing youth in the community and highlight role models for their peers to be inspired by.
Where do we start with this inspiring and selfless young girl?
✨At age 7, she’s already donated her hair not once, but TWICE to Wigs for Kids in BC, in honour of her Nana. This organization gives children who are sick wigs for free - which was very important to Natalya as she wanted kids to “look and feel more like themselves.”
✨The first time Natalya decided to donate her hair was during her 12 Days of Giving around Christmas, when she was only 5. Then again at 6 and a half, she decided to grow her hair as long as she could just to donate it.
✨As Natalya’s mom mentioned, she challenged society's perception of what a little girl “should look like” and shaved her hair into a mohawk. “If a boy can have long hair or wear pink, I can have a mohawk!” 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 CAN WE GET A HECK-YAAAS!
✨This selfless act of kindness however, wasn’t as accepted from her peers. “My friends and schoolmates made fun and bullied me for a week. It took some time but kids realized it’s the same old me inside and that what my hair looks like doesn’t define me. And no matter what anyone says, I love my hair the way it is!”
Anyone else beaming from this?!
✨When asked what she would like to tell younger girls, Natalya said, “don’t give up. If you have a dream, follow it. Be yourself and believe in yourself. Be friends to anyone and kind to everyone.”
✨When Natalya isn’t donating her hair and inspiring others to love themselves as they are, you can find her hanging out with her healing crystals, reading Harry Potter and oracle angel cards, or practicing gymnastics and skating.
✨What’s next on this girl’s radar? “Climbing to the top of the rope in gymnastics by the end of the year and continuing to grow my hair just to donate it again for sick kids just to feel somewhat normal.”
✨If we all can learn something from 7 year old Natalya, let it be that we should be more proud of our actions than of our looks, because how we feel about ourselves at the end of the day is all that matters!
✨Thank you beyond
The first few seconds of this video give you an idea of just some of the names girls are being called and saying to each other at school. Anybody else think that’s problematic?? 😟
I certainly do. And that’s why a big part of what we teach at @girltalkempowerment is how girls can remove the “sticky” factor of negative labels and choose to focus on accepting positive labels for themselves and others.
🎥 clip from our #GIRLTALKLeadershipProgram with @girltalkchapters / edited by @jromito
19 black women ran for judicial positions in Texas – and all 19 won. These victories mark an unprecedented level of success for black female judicial candidates in Harris county.
They campaigned together under the slogan “Black Girl Magic” with the support of the Harris county Democratic party, and united for a pre-election photograph inside a courtroom.
Erica Hughes, who was elected to a criminal court position, wrote: “We want to turn Harris county upside down in criminal justice reform.”
Post by: Annie M.
Gardena Highschool, today was a beautiful experience with you amazing souls! Drop a 💜 to welcome our new sisters from Gardena Highshool. TAG your sisters if you were here! Remember we are all in this sisterhood together! 👯♀️❤️ Also don’t forget to catch our other sisters on @cw_charmed !
NO. Such a powerful little word. It’s currently Cece’s favourite and her first response to most things, no matter what the question. It is annoying when you ask your child what she wants for breakfast and she responds with “nope!”, quickly followed by “wheatabix pls mum”. But NO is an important word. A word that women need to learn to use more often. Stop saying YES to please people or save face. Have the confidence to speak up when something is wrong, to disagree with someone when you think you have a better option or to simply put an end to a situation. Sadly, some men need to learn the meaning of NO too. I want to be a YES person, always open to trying new things. But nothing feels better than standing up for yourself or something you believe in✊🏼 #no#rosaparks#shescoming#rebelgirls
Congratulations to Ava Nichols for receiving the Youth MVP Volunteer Award 🥇 from the @newcanaancommunityfdn, which honors local volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to local nonprofit organizations, and help make New Canaan a unique, caring community. We nominated @anichols.photography because she has given so much of her talent and time to LiveGirl. For the past two years, Ava has served as our staff photographer and can be seen with her camera at every LiveGirl event capturing the joy, inspiration, breakdowns and breakthroughs. You can see her beautiful photos on our website, social media, and in our “The Art of Being A Girl” video. She has also been involved in our high school programs, including serving as a high school mentor and member of our Youth Advisory Board, providing an important and powerful student-led voice for our organization. Thank you and congratulations, Ava!! 📸 @vangogh.co
PS. If your interests include photography, blogging, or graphic design - we need you! DM us 🤗
You are the director of your life. 💫⠀
Isn’t it funny, then, that most of what we see, read, and watch tries to stifle that belief in us. Some of us feel forced to work in places, doing jobs or taking on roles that we don’t want to, we get degrees or other forms of education we might not need or really want, and fashion a life that we feel we ought to, rather than one we want or that fulfills us. We don’t always feel that sense of autonomy and that can make life a shadow of what it has the potential to be.✨⠀
“The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your own terms.” – Chris Brogan.
✨GIVEAWAY✨ So excited to be giving away an autographed copy of “What does a princess really look like?” This book teaches kids to be who they want to be 💕
To enter, follow both @littlejusticeleaders and @markloewen.author and tag a friend in the comments below that would like this book for their kids or students! ✨
Book by @markloewen.author and illustrated by @edpokojillustrator
Success isn’t about money or flashy stuff. Those things are nice, but think about your bigger picture. Create a vision for your life and relentlessly pursue it NO MATTER WHAT. Your dreams are too important to keep to yourself. How do you measure success? Comment below 👇👇