Today we are going to stomp on those inner gremlins, getting us ready to sparkle for the weekend….
I don’t know about you but I struggle being confident. I know I write about and when people meet me they sometimes find it hard to believe but trust me, it is true. I struggle with trying to be the woman God wants me to be. I know I am not alone because I hear it from others all of the time. Maybe you know someone who is feeling the same way?
Think about school shopping with your kids. Were these some of the questions they pondered?
- Jordache jeans, schrunchies and white L.A. Gear?
- Lacoste, cardigans and penny loafers?
- Black eyeliner, mega earrings and a mini-skirt?
Alright the brand or style may be a little different but you get it, right? Many girls worry about looking like everyone else. I was grateful my daughter, was just a tad different. Unlike me, she wanted things the others weren’t buying for school. She had her own style and didn’t worry about if she fit in because of her clothes.
These are the girls who stomp on their inner gremlins in their youth and move on to confident women. Then there are those who hold on to those fears and people pleasing attitudes so when they grow up, they are struggling to stomp on the gremlins as adults.
I wasn’t sure of the girl I was or the girl I wanted to be. I stood on shaky ground relying on the fickle and flippant opinions of others. I bobbed and weaved to fit each situation I found myself in. I often found myself acting all sorts of ways, so I could be the person I thought my friends and family wanted.
As an adult, I fit other roles – single mom, career woman, wife, business owner. In each one, I did the same bob and weave. When I retired, the bob and weave stopped and I was stuck. Stuck trying to find me and who I would be. With the help of some amazing women, I found me and on most days STOMP the inner gremlins.
They helped me to see I don’t have to spin like the Tilt-O-Whirl at the amusement park; trying to be everything to everybody. Their encouragement, support and guidance has led me to a stronger walk in my faith and as a result not a copy of someone else. I still skip the line in the comparison ride and jump on but each day I become more and more confident growing into the women I was meant to be.
Did you know, a girl’s self-esteem peaks at age 9 and only 4% of women describe themselves as beautiful? Age 9 … before this crazy, comparison ride calls for them to get on.
As children grow from child to adult, God (or your Higher Power) can help them to build a solid foundation on Him, instead of on the ever changing opinions of others. They don’t have to feel like they’re constantly pushed in a million different directions. He can make them brave and give them the courage to be their true selves and build a confidence which stands firm for the days to come.
I found a book for girls between the ages of 8 – 12 years old. It is something I wish I had found many years ago or at least when I was in my early years of HS. The book is called “Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You”, by Lynn Cowell. It is written especially for girls between the ages 8 – 12. Lynn helps to prepare girls to:
- Overcome confidence-defeating thoughts.
- Shape their self-worth and overcome temptation based on environmental factors.
- Build a strong foundation to face the fickle and flippant opinions of others.
- Find approval of herself even when she lacks the acceptance of others.
I am grateful to be part of a company who developed Gives for this purpose:
We believe confident girls and women can lead more purposeful, thriving lives and are the key to strong families and communities. Gives is a partnership between our consultants, customers, hostesses and employees working together to support nonprofits aligned to our mission.
Every time you round-up your order, you help fulfill the mission of Thirty One Gives. Your change helps to make a difference. How will you help to make a difference in the lives of tween girls so they become confident, strong women? Or maybe you are the woman who needs help stomping on the inner gremlins, reach out and know you are not alone….
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!