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“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” Theodore Rosevelt

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Why I Told My Daughter About My Bullying Past

The Primak Sullivan family. Photo courtesy of Jaime Primak Sullivan.

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Bethany Mota, bullied teen performs on DWTS to Colbie Caillat’s hit “Try”

I love Bethany Mota’s story! As a teen she was bullied by those she thought were her friends. She began to believe the lies these “mean girls” told her, that she was ugly and not pretty enough. She found YouTube as a place to belong, to be heard. She began to make videos about hair, makeup, fashion, DIY projects, and things that she loved, and the rest is history! She has over 7 million subscribers and is on this seasons Dancing With The Stars.

Bethany gave background to her story before she danced to the song “Try” by Colbie Caillat, which by the way I love! “Try” is such an empowering song. As young girls and women, it’s so easy to find we are molding ourselves to look like someone else or act like someone else to find a way to belong. It may make us feel good in the moment or for a period of time, but as we give parts of ourselves away, we will find we are lacking something…and that something is the real us! I hope the lyrics speak to you, encourage you and give you the umph you need to just be YOU and LOVE WHO YOU ARE

Put your make up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it simple
So they like you, do they like you
Get your sexy on
Don’t be shy girl
Take it off
This is what you want to belong
So they like you, do you like you
You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up
You don’t have change a single thing
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
You don’t have to try

Get your shopping on at the mall
Max your credit card
You don’t have to choos
Buy it all
So they like you
Do they like you
Wait a sec
You watch should you care what they think of you
When you’re all alone
By yourself, do you like you
Do you like you
You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up
You don’t have change a single thing
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
You don’t have to try

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up
You don’t have change a single thing
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try
Take your make up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror at yourself
Don’t you like you
Cause I like you

I enjoyed Bethany’s performance knowing what she has been through,and what she stands for. One of the things she said on her clip that I hope will speak to all you girls who feel ugly, and not worth much because that is what someone told you was this, “Looking back I wish I could tell myself, look what you’re going to be doing.” I’m sure never in a million years would she have thought she would do and become what she has.

Way to go Bethany! Thank you for giving girls who have been or are being bullied hope to know there is life on the other side of bullying, they just have to find their voice in something they do believe in.

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She never looked back

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Coming to Sonoma County in October!

Finding Kind

We are excited to share the documentary Finding Kind with our community in October. Look for details in the next coming days!

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Hey girl…. Do you believe in YOU?

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August 8, 2014 · 1:11 am

Do you think the selfie trend is too self-destructive to teens?

16 Year-Old stabs and kills her best friend over humiliating selfies.

Stories like this stun me and I find myself asking why. Why would you take naked selfies with your BFF in the first place? And why would you show them to other people?

I think it drives how the thought,
One: Most teens don’t have the maturity to use technology responsibly.
Now, I am not saying all teens, but I will say I believe the vast majority of teens really don’t have the maturity needed to make wise choices with technology.
I thank God, social media was not around when I was a teenager! I can only imagine the images that would be forever available in cyberspace.
Two: Teens all too often don’t realize their actions have consequences. They are reactive; quickly making foolish choices, unaware of the ramifications. Stupidly snapping pictures and posting them of Facebook, Instagram and Snap Chat. By the time they realize their mistake, the damage is done. Once it’s been put out in cyberspace, you can’t undo the damage.
Three: Social Media is life to teen girls. I once read research which stated, “‘Social Media’ is as important to most girls as breathing.” That is quite the hefty statement, but I whole hardily agree. I have a teen daughter and I have worked with teen girls for over 20 years. They define themselves by how many likes/comments they get on a picture or post. They believe they are ugly, fat, stupid…if that is what people are saying about them or telling them anonymous on sites like Ask.Com. They lack the maturity to recognize all too often, those ugly comments are likely one or two people creating fake identities and bombing them purposefully. All they see or hear is what their peers are saying, telling, or showing. They don’t have the ability to separate reality or truth from lies.

Makes me wonder, is social media safe for our kids? As an anti-bully activist, I have heard many, many cases of girls commiting suicide as a result of cyber bullying. And then there are stories like this. One girl lost her life and one will lose her qualitly of life and future.
What do you think? Is the selfie trend too self-destructive? #selfieselfdestruction

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Ban Bossy, Encourage Leadership

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Motivation Monday!

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Respect Yourself; Rid Your Life Of Toxic People

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