Hat: Forever 21 | Sweater: Ann Taylor | Romper: Vintage | Boots: Steve Madden
Have you ever felt that you could change the world? That you could make a global impact to make the world better? I haven't, but I know people who have. First, you find an issue that you are passionate about and stick with it. You become a leader. Nelson Mandela said that the key to becoming a good leader is to lead from behind; follow those who have the same drive as you and show them the way to go. I had the privilege of attending We Day, an event celebrating young people who've made a commitment to improve their communities, and the world. Many inspirational speakers, actors, singers, and accomplished individuals spoke including Eileen Collins (the first woman commander in space), four Ugandan girls who created Afrigal (an app that help see if a person has stickle cell), and J.R Martinez (motivational speaker, bestselling author, and winner of DWTS). What all these people had in common was that they are all regular people who had the courage to stand up for what they believe in and pursue it.
One of the main takeaways I got from this event is that your job is not a destination, it is a journey. You find what speaks to you and go with it. You believe in yourself, make progress every day, reach your goal, and become unstoppable. You place your mark on this world. Another important thing I learned is that woman need to be empowered, not to put down or shamed. We have to tell girls that they can do anything they put their minds to and that they are not bossy but instead are the boss. I personally want to live in a world where woman support and inspire one another, not compete or hurt each other. So, I challenge myself and you (if you are willing) to instead of feeling jealous that someone else got something you wanted, that you congratulate them instead of dwelling in the negativity that can devour you. I know, it is really hard and does not happen over night but I think a good first step is to try going one day without complaining. Then two and so on. So far it has worked for me and by focusing on what I want for myself, my friends can support me and I can support them.
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