I want to speak directly to the girls who right now are fighting an internal battle. They know they are destined for greatness. They know they have more inside them. They have no problem believing that they are strong enough, pretty enough, worthy, even.when they close their eyes, their minds soar as they imagine more for themselves and their future. They are visionaries. Dreamers. Hope seekers and future world changers. But they are fighting an internal battle because they are afraid. They are afraid that they will be found out. That someone will find out how clever they are or how confident they truly are or how they truly think about themselves. That someone will discover their dreams for the world around them or that they actually haven’t got a low self image. That they look in the mirror and like themselves. That they eat what they want when they want without guilt of gaining weight. That they actually believe that the sky IS the limit and they can change the world. Like in the film “Coach Carter”, their greatest fear isn’t that they are inadequate, but that they are powerful beyond measure. And that their world around them currently has created very little space for girls like that.

Perhaps you know girls like this. They are part of your world. Perhaps you’re the girl currently hiding her talents and abilities in order to blend in and be acceptable. I get it. I understand. But if you are that girl or maybe you know a girl like that i want to speak directly to you. The world needs you. Your undiluted, unapologetic and outspoken you. Your clever, capable, unashamed you. We desperately need to know that girls like you are out there and that it is possible to be like that. For too long girls have dumbed down their abilities in order to fit in. If you’ve found yourself tempted to do the same, make a decision that you are no longer going to do that anymore. Because we are desperate to know girls like you. And that you are possible.fight the fear you feel and come forward. Speak up and say you have big dreams. And when you’re doing something great that you are truly winning at, please don’t excuse it. Begin to own it.Begin occupy your space without shame or fear. Be GREAT. Be amazing. And don’t apologise for it. The world we live in needs to know girls like you. And that YOU are possible.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”-Marriane Williamson 

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.“- 2 Tim 1:6-9