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My Dream to Fly Free Like a Bird

My Dream to Fly Free Like a Bird

Guest Post by Silvija Mitevska I began flying with paragliders at the age of fifteen. It all happened so quickly; on a family vacation in August I was introduced to the paragliding instructor, in September I joined the local paragliding club for a try-out session and two weeks later I had my first flight. I flew only twenty meters above the ground, but it felt like I was high in the sky. I looked from above at the yellowish grass swaying gently, moved  by the wind coming from the east. I carefully circled around two tall trees next to a dried riverbed and landed softly on my feet. My whole body was shaking; it was not from fear but from true excitement. I had just experienced the feeling of complete freedom. I took off my gloves, my helmet and my flying suit and started jumping from happiness. I couldn’t believe that I was in the air by myself. I, the girl who never went out from her home-town could fly....

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Creative Confidence

Creative Confidence

Guest post on confidence by Lauren-Kate Stewart (age 12) [Editors Note: This is the first in a trilogy of posts on confidence, vision and purpose, written by two young girls, each published authors, and a mother who not only influenced her young daughter’s writing, but who herself (also a published author) was inspired by her daughter to continue her own writing journey, too. Each of the three posts reflect the power and importance of mentoring, role models and peer support in encouraging women and girls to develop their own talents and live their own voice out loud.] I’m Lauren-Kate. I’m 12 years old and I’m the author of two published books.  If you told me two years ago that I would have two published novels I would have said you were crazy.  I didn’t have any of the qualities that I thought a writer needed to have.  I couldn’t type or spell. I would forget punctuation and capitalization constantly, and it was physically painful to write.  Just writing a...

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Leaders as Learners: Cultivating Confidence

Leaders as Learners: Cultivating Confidence

Interview with Alli Polin, certified leadership coach, consultant & speaker [Editor’s Note: As founder of the leadership consulting and coaching firm, Break the Frame, Alli’s work and personal life philosophy epitomize authentic, heart-based  living and leadership, as she teaches clients how to make the leap to a more powerful and purposeful future. Recognizing that it takes tremendous confidence to ‘break the frame’ and step up and into one’s own voice and leadership, I invited Alli to share her own thoughts on confidence and specific steps women and girls can take to develop the self-confidence necessary to overcome challenges and follow their dreams. This is the third interview in the series, Leaders as Learners, that invites global thought leaders to take a deeper dive into the 16 principles of the Global Girls Project and their application to women and girls’ empowerment.] (Sharon):  Alli, how do you define confidence? How is confidence cultivated? (Alli): Fantastic question, Sharon! Confidence is not about having all the answers, that’s arrogance. It’s recognition that no one...

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