Girl Power: You’ve Got It, So Use It!

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Girls and women are the most powerful beings on the planet! That’s what I tell my daughter, now 11 years old, every day. Being that age myself once, I know girls her age are constantly bombarded with challenges including school, social life, extracurricular activities, and pressure to look and act a certain way…and the list can go on and on).  This can make it hard for us to realize how amazing and powerful we truly are; especially together!

There are too many reasons to write about explaining why I think girls and women are so powerful, but I want to tell you about one important reason.

Girls/Women are change agents! That means we have the ability to use our girl power to make a difference and inspire people to do the same. Think about the women in your life that encourage and motivate you to be better. Maybe it’s your mom, a teacher, coach, aunt, grandmother, your best girlfriend. Or it could be a girl or woman you never met, like First Lady Michelle Obama.

I often think about the common characteristics these women role models share when using their girl power. I am just going to name a few, but I am sure you can think of a lot more.

  • Self confidence/esteem
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Ambition
  • Assertiveness
  • Motivation and Drive
  • Empowerment

So, how do you use your girl power to become a change agent? Well, guess what… You already have all it takes! Here’s how I found my path to girl power to become a change agent.

  1. The first and most important step to using your girl power for good is to make sure you believe in YOURSELF!
  2. Next, find something you are passionate about and get involved.
  3. Surround yourself with fun, positive friends and great women role models.
  4. Don’t let ANYONE define you. YOU define yourself.
  5. And something I tell myself and my kids every single day; Life is about choices. Always be thoughtful with your choices and just try your hardest to make the right one. The results will be amazing!

Now go get yourself some GIRL POWER!! If you already have it, share with us what you are doing to grow your girl power to make a difference.

Kari Brill is a GOTR board member and Director of Business and Program Development with the Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida. As a 4th generation Gainesville resident, she and her family hold deep roots in this community and she feels passionate about giving back to the community where she is now raising her children. Kari is currently attending Northeastern University Graduate School of Business in pursuit of her MBA. Fun fact:  Kari likes to unwind with her kids, music, and exercise!