Uplift: 1: to lift up; 2: to improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of. (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
LIFT uses this word often and has made it a part of our organization’s acronym because we are dedicated to uplifting others through Leadership, Intellect, and Femininity Training. Our butterfly symbol represents personal metamorphosis. Through leadership, LIFT develops future leaders today. Though Intellect, LIFT encourages girls to further their educational pursuits and make better overall decisions in life. Through Femininity, LIFT trains girls to become ladies of integrity, strength, poise, dignity, and etiquette.
Who or what often uplifts you? What are some ways you can uplift others today? What are ways that you can improve your spiritual, social, or intellectual condition? What is stopping you from improving today? How can you unblock what’s stopping you to move forward?
Get a friend or family member to help you and hold you accountable in doing better for yourself and improving your life in any way or simply visit www.GirlsLIFTmentoring.org for positive information and dicussions on important topics related to things you want to hear.
Speaking of who uplifts you, be sure to thank a mentor, teacher, role-model, or spiritual leader who has uplifted you. In turn, say or do something nice for someone today to uplift their spirit. :)
As a teen or preteen, learning who you are and becoming comfortable being yourself can be tricky because you are still changing and learning new things about yourself and the world every day. Only time and growth will tell you who you truly are, but writing about your daily life in a journal, taking personality quizzes (try Seventeen magazine’s personality quizzes at http://www.seventeen.com/fun/quizzes/), or trying different styles and moods until you find one that fits you can help you define your true personality.
While doing so, always remember one thing: be who YOU would like to be, not what others expect or want you to be. Being different in any way is absolutely ok. The world what be a boring place without variety if everyone was alike. Thanks to the suffragists and the hard work of other strong women and men who fought for women to have a voice and equal rights in this country, us girls are able to stand up, be heard, and use our influence for the better. Shape, cultivate, and nurture who you are and who you’d like to become by surrounding yourself with positive people and role models who can support you while you are going through this important growth period of your life.
For an extra boost, check out Willow Smith’s latest song, “21st Century Girl.” Willow has a very unique personality and style, and she doesn’t seem to let what others think or say about her influence her in any way. She simply marches to the beat of her own drum, literally, with a budding music, modeling, and acting career.
How would you describe your personality? Does the world see you the same? What unique attributes set you a part from other girls? What does a 21st Century girl represent, compared to girls of other time periods?