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Letters to our Daughters: I second-guessed my abilities

Dear Girls, I am the awesome creation of God called by the name Solina Ray Arrington Richards. It is important that you know my entire name because each name represents a part of who I am. Solina is a person who loves life, exploring new things and places, and is a perpetual student. She is calm, reserved and given to listening. She is a mother of two adult children, and grandmother of 3 granddaughters by birth and 2 other grandchildren through grace. She is loyal and a dedicated person. Ray is the adventurous part. She is direct (sometimes edgy) and has little patience for nonsense. Arrington is the part of my genetic history. It is the biological donation made by father. From that name

Letters to our Daughters: I overcame an inability to forgive my father

Dear Girls, I have overcome an inability to forgive. When I was very young, I was exposed to my mother being physically abused by my father. Even while she was pregnant with my younger brother, my father was not able to restrain himself from torturing the family. For obvious reasons, they divorced before I was 5 yo and I grew up resenting him for a number of reasons - the abuse, being absent and I also blamed him for my younger brother's birth defects and ultimate death (my brother died at the age of 7 yo). Like so many other young women, growing up without a father really caused me to question my value and worth during my teenage and young adult years and I yearned for the opportunity to

Letters to our Daughters: It's OK to say 'no'

Dear Girls, My name is Letonia Farr Page. I am a mother, a wife, an author and a certified relationship coach. Growing up I was always the shy, timid, reserved one. I was afraid to say no. I compromised a lot and I was a people pleaser. People knew they could ask me for something and I would give it. I was well-liked but because I would never say “no” I learned not to deal with conflict well. I had created a pattern of putting others’ needs and wants first because I was afraid of rejection. People pleasing made me feel accepted. I became a professional settler with no sense of self. I have since learned to say “no” and take my power back and I want the same for you. You are going to go throu

Letters to our Daughters: In 12th grade I started dating a known drug dealer

Dear Beautiful Queens, I am writing this letter to you in hopes to empower, encourage, motivate and inspire you through a piece of my story. As a young girl I lived a pretty good life. I was very spoiled by my mom, not wanting for anything. I knew my dad but he was not active in my life. Growing up spoiled may sound like a great thing but in all actuality it crippled me and pushed me into a lifestyle that would later be very detrimental for me. See me being spoiled by my mom meant I had the latest everything and anything I asked for she got it for me and as I got older and started to enter into adulthood I looked for guys who would be able to maintain the lifestyle that I was accustome

Letters to Our Daughters: Independence and Intelligence--a Power Combination

Dear Girls, My name is Michelle’ Sturgis, a wife, mother, aunt, sister, Professor, Role Model, and aspiring author and entrepreneur. These are just a few roles that I hold dear to my heart, “MOTHER”, being number one. If you are wondering why I chose “Mother”, is because when I took on this role, I became responsible for guiding several little person’s lives to assist them in being a productive citizen in our society. Knowing that YOU are responsible is like caring the weight of the world on your shoulders. As I think about many advice topics that I would like to share with you to assist you along this journey called “life”, several tips really stands out with me that were often relayed t

Letters to our Daughters: Why don't I look like her?

Dear Daughters, I pray this correspondence finds you healthy and strong! There seems to be a need for me to share with you some challenges that I’ve had to overcome to get to this point in my life. As you read, please know that I write this with love and pray that you will learn a great deal from such a small passage. My background is as diverse as can be! From working in the tobacco fields of North Carolina to working in the fields of Corporate America, my experiences are as vast as the world we live in. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew each other, my curfew was when the street lights came on, and my neighbors had permission to discipline me while my parents were away and ano

Letters to our Daughters: I never stopped

Dear Girls, My name is Sevrine Banks and I retired from the Army after 20 years of service as a medic. I joined the military and couldn't do the one pushup to attend basic training, therefore I was sent to a fitness training unit, where all we did was workout all day to be able to do 6 pushups after the 3 weeks was up. I graduated from that doing 21 pushups! Bottom line, when you put your heart into something you will succeed. Make a plan, write your goals down and constantly reassess to make sure you are on track. I have heard many excuses from Soldiers who state that they can't go to school because they don't have time. I went back to school while pregnant, having a newborn, working full t

Letters to our Daughters: Make yourself ready to accomplish more than you ever thought possible

Dear Girls, I am honored to be asked to participate and to let you know who I am, what I have overcome and any "wisdom" I have to share. My name is Christine Orsak. When I was eleven years old and was visiting with my favorite aunt, she asked me who I was. What? She knew perfectly well I was her niece, Christine. I am now 68 years old and think I know the answer to that question but it took a long and winding road to get here. Early in my life my father who was an immigrant child from Hungary, began to fill me with the knowledge that only through education can one be sure of a happy life. He told me that if I learned what would make me happy through school. I would never hate one day of goin

Letters to our Daughters: Stand your ground and don't let go

Dear Girls, My name is Isra Girgrah Wynn. I am a retired 5-time professional world boxing champion and hall of fame inductee. I am also a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur, an author, a fitness coach and a nutrition consultant. I have overcome many obstacles in my lifetime. I come from a strict family heritage that doesn’t allow women in the culture to have a say or a career. I stood my ground and believed in me, what I wanted and I didn’t let go. In the sport of boxing (which is a male dominated sport), I was passionate about wanting to become a champion and no one or nothing was going to stop me. I fought inside and outside the ring for my respect and got it by becoming a 5 time world champi

Letters to Our Daughters: Because I know you are watching the messages the world is sending

Dear Girls, Let me first start by saying that I am not writing this letter to throw hate or shade. I believe every woman to be beautiful in their own right. I am writing this letter to simply present the case that in all things, we have options. This morning I woke up and began to read the news and engage in social media as I often do. Before 10 am, I saw two pictures of two women who I consider beautiful creatures and very much influencers in today’s society that encouraged me to write this letter to you. The first photograph was a swimsuit clad Kim Kardashian.Kim was “giving life” and showing that motherhood is a beautiful thing. After having a baby and taking a great deal of heat from

Letters to our Daughters: Life is filled with options

I am Daniela Gabrielle, the “Transition Entrepreneur” and I am on a mission to help one million people transition in entrepreneurship, education and ending mundane lives in my lifetime. After spending 16 years in corporate America and all of my life living up to everyone else’s expectations, I re-discovered my dream and decided I was worth investing in seeing it come to past. I choose to make a radical decision to transform my life, change my environment and position myself for limitless living. I believe that in every person is a BIG dream just waiting to be pursued and now that I have found the courage to live without limitations, I have made it my business to help every “caged bird” fly f

Letters to Our Daughters: Your pain does not define you

Dear Girls, As a teen I kept a lot in, not wanting to disrupt or disappoint the family, and it turned into anger that wasn't dealt with. The interesting thing is I didn't even know I was angry. I thought I could handle the shouldering the secret of my abuse. I was blowing up at people and I wasn't communicating out of fear. I remember telling myself so many stories and playing out in my head so many scenarios that simply weren't true. I am so proud of my younger self for giving myself permission to be vulnerable enough to share my story of finding Shekina, that it may awaken in some young woman or girl reading this that you are worthy and you are valid. It took me a long time to get this but

B2F Girls' Letters to Our Daughters: An Invitation

You have a story and we want to hear it! Your story, your wisdom, your testimony. We at B2F Girls! want to hear it and share it with our community of girls. 1. Submit your story as follows: a.) Answer these 3 questions: Who are you? What have you overcome? What wisdom do you have to share with our girls? OR b.) Write your story of 500-700 words 2. Submit your story a brief bio and hi-res photo to XOXO, _________________________________________________________________________ ABOUT Letters to our Daughters Letters to Our Daughters is a B2F Girls! campaign that aspires to empower girls with the courage to overcome obstacles and follow their dreams as they learn from wome

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