Aloha is...celebrating International Day of the Girl. This day is part of an empowerment movement that recognizes every girl's basic human rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Here's my #TheGirlEffect story:
My mother's culture taught me I was SUPPOSED TO BE pretty, kind, and quiet. I was SUPPOSED TO put others first and myself last, to just find a husband and have children, to be grateful for whatever job I got, and to never push for more.
But after growing up watching my parents fighting, marriage was the last thing on my mind. Because I was put in the middle too many times, put in charge of my brothers, verbally abused, and restricted from enjoying my own childhood, having children was also not at the top of my list.
Instead, I CHOSE TO get away from this hostile environment and explore all the world had to offer. My mantra was "I want a college degree in my hand before I put a ring on my finger." I was the first girl on both sides of my family to attend a four-year university! I earned my journalism degree at #uconn and took my time to understand the world. I've led a colorful life ever since with interesting jobs like the #usopen and #campamerica, an international staffing agency for summer camps, which gave me the opportunity to travel to countries I wouldn't have otherwise seen. I've also empowered women through fitness and worked in health care, which included empowering the elderly as an activities director.
Now, I'm married (at 45), fulfilled my dream to live by the ocean, and am empowering women and children to reset their mindset and boost their self-esteem so that they can have the courage and confidence to pursue their goals and dreams, too.
Tag 1 friend who inspires your SUPPOSED TO/CHOSE TO story: When 1 girl finds her power to make different choices that change her life, it inspires others to do the same. That's how we change the world. That's #thegirleffect. Learn more at @girleffect.
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