Still I Rise
"Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise."
Good morning Leaders,
We begin Mental Health Awareness Month affirming the words of Maya Angelou's legendary poem, Still I Rise, and remembering that regardless of our circumstances, we always have the power within us to rise and thrive.
Our ability to access peace and power in the midst of life's storms often depends on our mental health, and just like with our physical health, improving our mental health requires commitment and consistency. This month's newsletter includes ideas, tools, and resources to help you lead with love, power, and a sound mind.
"Let us put our moneys together... and reap the benefit ourselves."
―Maggie L. Walker
The COVID-19 crisis has threatened our community's financial security in unimaginable ways. Many of us have lost jobs, are experiencing significantly reduced working hours, or are supporting family members who are struggling during this time. We know it's tough...but together, we're tougher.
In honor of National Financial Literacy Month, we'll be having conversations about establishing financial security so we're prepared to survive and thrive when life hits us with unexpected storms. Keep reading to learn more.
"...I know I am going where I am needed and though the undertaking is most difficult, it isn't impossible..."
―Janie Porter Barrett
Have you ever had an idea that keeps you up at night—an idea that's on your mind most of the day, steadily nagging your thoughts, no matter how hard you try to ignore it? You know the idea exists, but something (or a few things) are preventing you from "getting started." If this sounds familiar, this week's #MentorMonday newsletter is for you! Keep reading.
"Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.”
―Carol Moseley Braun
As we navigate through the changes and challenges of COVID-19, we've decided to try something new with our weekly newsletters. Each week, we'll be sending you content aligned to our four core program areas: creation, connection, confidence and career.
Although we realize this does not substitute for our in-person experiences, we hope that it creates a new opportunity for us to stay connected and support each other through these unprecedented times. Scroll down to check out the new format and let us know your thoughts, feedback, and ideas:
"If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed”
Have you ever had a learning need go completely unnoticed by your family or teachers? The main character in Monday's Not Coming struggled with dyslexia, however, her unique learning needs were missed by some adults and ignored by others. How is this possible? Watch the video below to hear what some of our girls think, and RSVP for our April Breakfast Book Club to join our next discussion on the YA novel, Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds.
Life is often a balancing act with lots of things to do and little time to do them. This week, we're sharing a video created by young women athletes from Science Park High School in Newark, NJ. In the video below, they share their experiences and reflections on managing stress and maintaining balance:
The People We Date
One question that came up in our With the Fire on High book discussion this weekend was: why do we sometimes choose to date people who are bad for us? Many of us felt that our own insecurities led us to undervaluing ourselves and attracting people who did the same. Watch the video below to hear a snippet of our conversation:
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Gifts & Greatness
This #MentorMonday we invite you to join us for a conversation about relentlessly pursuing our gifts and greatness. >>Read more here.
In this week's #MentorMonday newsletter we share a few ways to combat unhealthy comparison.
DIY Holiday Gifts & Service
Looking for a fun and fulfilling activity to do with your mentor or mentee this month? Join us on December 21st for DIY Holiday Gifts & Community Service! Read more about it in our latest #MentorMonday email.
This blog is updated with love by the Butterfly Dreamz staff to keep you informed about our latest happenings.