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International Day of the Girl

Tomorrow on the 11th of October, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl.

In a time where it feels like it’s especially difficult being a young girl, we feel that it’s important to empower and honour girls and young women across the globe. Even now, girls around the world are still facing countless challenges and limited opportunities to show their potential. Education, mental health, and wellbeing are just some of the difficulties that young girls face today. However, with hardship comes resilience, innovation, inspiration, and determination. When given the right opportunities and the chance to show their skills and their passions, girls can achieve anything and defy stereotypes. Girls and young women are now taking over businesses, leading, and making changes.

We are still buzzing about the Lionesses bringing it home at the Women’s Euro 2022! Not only is their victory a big turning point in England’s football history, being the first major tournament title for any England team since 1966, it’s also a major inspiration for young girls. England coach Sarina Wiegman was quoted saying: “I think we really made a change. I think this tournament has done so much for the game but also for society and women in society in England, but I also think in Europe and across the world and I hope that will make a [bigger] change too.” This year, UEFA has set up a legacy programme, designed to encourage more girls and women to becoming involved in football, and has since garnered some incredible results, with over 14,600 new players and 145 new female coaches who have been recruited and trained. With this victory, we are slowly closing the gap between “women’s football” and just football. To see such excitement and praise for the young women on the team is such an inspiration for young girls everywhere.

 For this year’s International Day of the Girl, we would like to talk about a very special fifteen year old girl, who transformed thousands of lives when she was just seven years old, Mari Copeny. “Philanthropist, activist, future president.”.

Seven years ago, the Flint Water Crisis began. During a budget crunch, the city of Flint changed their water source, and cut some corners on safety measures. This caused lead to start seeping into the water supply, and the drinking water became contaminated with lead and Legionella bacteria. This caused an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that killed 12 people. Mari Copney decided that this wasn’t good enough. At seven years old, she wrote a letter to President Obama, explaining the situation the town was in and what could be done about it. This in turn prompted the President to visit the city to see it for himself. Ultimately, Mari’s letter triggered $100 million in relief to be given to the city of Flint to try and fix the water crisis. Even at such a young age, Mari had the determination to make a change, and forced the leaders to confront their mistakes, take ownership of them and fix them. She was able to give the people of Flint a voice and fight for their rights.

Her achievements didn’t stop there. Three years later, in 2017, Mari became a national youth ambassador to the Women’s March, the youngest ambassador at the event. In 2016 and 2017, Mari raised funds in partnership with the non-profit organization Pack Your Back to purchase backpacks and school supplies for Flint children. In 2018, after the state of Michigan stopped providing free bottled water to Flint residents, Mari raised over $280,000 and distributed over a million bottles of water. In 2019, she partnered with a water filtration company to provide water filters to Flint and other communities dealing with toxic water.

Despite her young age, Mari has made a huge name for herself, in the name of helping others. She is passionate about doing the right thing and eradicating inequality. We’re sure that this is just the beginning of Mari’s remarkable achievements, and it’s clear that she is a huge vision for young girls everywhere who also want to make a difference. Even just writing a letter can have an enormous impact.

“You are never too young/too small to change the world.” – Mari Copeny

Growing Through Challenges

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” – Sophia Bush

Remember to embrace and love yourself just as you are, no matter where you are in life, for you are both the masterpiece and the work in progress at the same time.

Many people may think that to be the masterpiece, they have to be at a certain place in life, instead of just being happy in the now and enjoying the journey. Learn that you can love yourself through every step of the way, enjoy the present moment and know that you don’t have to wait to reach the top to feel happiness as you are the masterpiece already. Its all the struggles and challenges you face that build you up to exactly where you need to be, so just embrace your struggles, be your authentic self and truly feel what you are going through instead of hiding or running away from it.

Your struggles are nothing but amazing growth opportunities.

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Leading With Kindness

Choose Kindness

What does it mean to be kind?

Kindness may be described as a positive act towards ourselves and others. We must choose to be kind everyday by making a conscious decision to do something kind whether big or small.

You can show kindness in your day to day lives by holding open a door for someone, smiling at people, being present and listening or even giving a friendly compliment. These small acts of kindness may not seem like a lot but they really can brighten someone’s day, making others feel happy and loved.

There are so many ways to show kindness but remember to be kind to yourself as well as everyone else because you deserve it too! Kindness positively affects our wellbeing improving our life and mood, aiding us to give back and pour kindness into others.

Whether it be positive self-talk, building healthy habits or acts of self-care such as reading your favourite book or setting aside time for downtime, consciously do acts of kindness for yourself too.

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Re Write Your story, Own Your Dignity.

“Change your story, change your life. Divorce the story of limitation and marry the story of the truth and everything changes.”

-Tony Robbins

What’s your story?

Everyone has a story whether they are aware of it or not.

Throughout life we subconsciously give everything a meaning which plays out on autopilot in our day to day lives, manifesting more of what we believe until we become aware of the stories we tell ourselves and change them.

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New Year, New Opportunities

New Year, New You?

We’ve entered into a new year and many have decided their new year resolutions or set goals for themselves. Others have distanced themselves from goal-setting at the beginning of the year and are asking themselves: ‘Why should I plan in this time of uncertainty when things aren’t going to plan anyways?’.

So should you create goals for yourself? Why or why not?

And if goal setting is the way to go, how do we go about it effectively? Let’s find out!

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How To Own Your Power

Are you completely owning your power in life? One of the biggest resolutions we can make this coming year is to own our power! Read more to find out how you can step into your power!

Your Power Is Within You

To own our power we must, first and foremost, realise that it’s within us. Your power lies within you and you can choose to own it and exercise it as much as you want!

The moment we tell ourselves that our power has been taken away from us or that we’ve given it away, we immediately distance ourselves from owning it. Because it implies that we can’t access it, which isn’t true.

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Shatter The Glass Ceiling

It’ll take 257 years for women and men to achieve equal pay according to the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020! Can you believe it?

This year Equal Pay Day fell on 18th Nov, marking the day when women on average stopped getting paid relative to men.

According to the Fawcett Society, the gender pay gap was 10.6% last year and has increased to 11.9% this year! With women hit hardest by the effects of the pandemic, the gender pay gap continues to widen now more than ever before.

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Empower Yourself Through Goal-Setting

With just over a month to go, the New Year is fast approaching, making us once again think about our goals and resolutions. Did you achieve the goals you set for yourself this year? If not, don’t be disheartened. Goal-setting has numerous benefits and it can be life-changing to say the least! Let’s delve deep into how goal-setting can empower you.

What are the benefits of goal-setting?

Helps you discover what you want out of life

The practice of goal setting can reveal a lot about what we truly want out of our lives. You might be surprised by what you might find out about your hopes, dreams and the future you envisage for yourself!

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Conquer Your Fears To Conquer Your Life

Fear can be debilitating, crippling and paralysing. Does fear tend to rule your life decisions? Let’s see if I can help you live a more fulfilled life by helping you peel away the layers of fear so that you may be able to better see fear for what it really is.

The Reality of Fear

As we all know, fear is a natural response and though we tend to forget this in the moment, we all experience fear in our lives. When you take on new challenges, you will always experience some degree of fear. The aim is not to completely eliminate fear but rather learn how to manage it.

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How Can You Better Deal With Stress?

This coming Wednesday 3rd Nov is National Stress Awareness Day, observed to raise awareness on the effects of stress. Do you feel stressed or overwhelmed? Do you know someone who’s feeling stressed or burnt out?

According to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. It’s a very common issue and one that can be debilitating. So how can we better cope with it?

Here are some valuable tips you can begin implementing today to better cope with stress:

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