My family and I attended the World Wide Women Girls' Festival today in San Francisco. It was epic and wonderful and inspirational. I was totally bummed when I found out I missed Mark Cuban who was there to judge a girl's entrepreneur contest. I totally would have pitched the Shark to invest in our business. Oh well, next time.
But I did get to see a panel of Olympians sponsored by Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI) which featured the 2-time Gold Medalist in soccer, Brandi Chastain. Have you ever seen her speak? She is the physical embodiment of YES! Talk about inspirational. She just glows with confidence and courage. I first perked up when she told us, "If you think it's out of your reach, it's not. You can do anything with time and hard work." I was like, "Yes, Brandi! That is totally right!!" Although I have never been an athlete, I can relate to this now as an entrepreneur. I have this dream to grow this business - this movement - that puts girls center stage. I believe it in with all of my heart and soul. But, I'll tell you, it's hard. Sometimes, it's really hard. Like, so hard that sometimes I get really discouraged. But then I have to keep saying yes to myself, to my vision. I have to have faith that I am moving in the direction of my dreams.
Then, she said this and it was like time stopped for me.
Girls, you gotta be unapologetic about being awesome.
That was it. I was done. That quote is all the inspiration I need to keep going towards my vision. To keep believing that I am kicking ass in this world. To keep insisting that I have something rad to say and that there are folks out there who want to hear it.
I am awesome. #sorrynotsorry #brandiismygoddess
This is Post #12 in 44 Days of YES! - a series of posts for Girl Advocates who know that empowering girls means we must empower ourselves first. Sign up for free inspiration, practical YES! hacks, and connection to other Girl Advocates just like you.
And check out yesterday's post - Saying Yes to Myself by Saying No to You