She believed

This sign stands for so many things right now.
It stands for the fact that I can still learn new things.
It tells me that I do have a say in my successes, and I can be successful.
It empowers me to try, fail, make mistakes, learn, and in the end come out better.

Every now and then I get a craving to learn something.  I set out to try something new, and more often than not, I am amazed that it worked. I’ve always been told that I can do anything I set my mind to. I am sad that not all girls hear that growing up.  I’m sad because there is so much freaking potential out there in all those girls, and it’s not squeezing its way out. Think of how much better the world would be if that potential were to see the light of day.

She believed she could, so she did.

I had not chosen a quote for my sign until this afternoon. I have always loved this quote. Just reading it makes me feel powerful. I have never before stained a piece of wood, made a felt flower, or made a mixed-media wooden sign until this week. This sign holds the very first of many skills, that I now have because I believed that I could do them. Was I scared I would mess up and ruin the whole thing? At times, yes. Did I learn some lessons I’d rather not have learned? Yes. (I learned the hard way not to use an expensive brush for the pre-stain because it won’t ever come clean!) I learned that some techniques are better than others, some tutorials easier than others, and how to adapt all of those things to fit ME and MY needs. I learned a lot this week, because I believed that I could.

If you have a daughter, make sure to teach her that she is worthy and can be anything she wants. Tell her that she can do anything she puts her mind to. Promise her that you’re always going to take her seriously, respect her, and hear her. Foster the creativity and intelligence that she has within her. Tell her she is capable.

Make her believe in herself.

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