#DearMe is a global campaign initiated by YouTube aiming to inspire and empower teenage girls, leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8. The idea is simple: if you could speak to your younger teenage self, what advice and encouragement would you give her?
As the mom of two teenage girls, I felt immediately connected and compelled to participate in this campaign. There are so many things I wish I had learnt earlier in life and try to teach my daughters everyday. And as a big lover of typography and quotes, I thought sharing my ‘life’ learning lessons in quotes was a great way to do this, and help spread the word. So here are my life ‘aHa moment’ quotes, to my younger #DearMe, to my sweet teenage daughters and to young girls all over the world.
1- Thou shall not take shit. From anybody, period. Not from your boyfriend, husband, friend, or stranger you meet in your life. Learn to say no as early as possible in life. It took me FOREVER to learn to say no, but damn, does it feel good once you learn to. Very relieving and empowering. Don’t say maybe if you want to say no. Just say no.
2- You won’t find love if you don’t love yourself first. And you won’t get respect from others if you don’t respect yourself first. I remember in my 20s breaking up from a long term relationship. I decided to be alone and not date anyone for a while. I felt like I needed to know myself and refocus on myself before being able to be in a relationship. It turned out it was a great decision. When you know you are ok to be alone, you know what you are willing to give up to be in a relationship. Don’t stay with a jerk just to be with someone. You deserve better.
3- Do not care what everybody thinks of you, but what the RIGHT people think of you. Ah, this one is tricky and a regular topic with my girls. Why try to always please everybody around you? Why do you care being the “nice” girl to everyone? Be the awesome girl to people that matter to you. The others do not matter.
4- Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it! Don’t try to get bigger boobs, bigger lips, smaller hips or dream of changing your body. Embrace your features, your hips, your curly or straight hair. Be yourself, love who you are and you will shine to others. Self confidence is truly the best and sexiest outfit.
5- Always do what you are afraid to do [Ralph Waldo Emerson]. Constantly learn, challenge yourself, do the things that scare you and get them off your bucket list. The earlier you start, the better.
6- You are one of a kind. Don’t try to be a copy, be yourself. You are unique, embrace it! Now, go get them tiger!
Your turn now… If you could speak to your younger teenage self, what advice and encouragement would you give her? What is your #DearMe message?