Stories

Amazing women & girls have shared these remarkable stories about breakthroughs in their lives, moments in which they have triumphed over fears, beliefs, or events that kept them from recognizing their amazingness. Some are stories of pain and how women & girls have triumphed over it. As you read these stories, rather than focusing on the pain, choose to focus on the triumph and the ways that others have overcome what may once have seemed impossible to overcome. Let's celebrate their triumphs!
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Spontaneity Can Reveal Opportunity

In my early teens, we moved to San Diego after many years in Newport Beach, CA. This move forced me to leave the only friends I had known and start a new life. Once in San Diego, I was tagged with the identity of “new girl” which...

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Embracing Native Heritage

Our daughter attends Lee Elementary and finished our the 4th grade. She will be going back in the fall to start 5th grade. Her name is Courtney. I’ve attached a few pictures for you to share and a letter from Courtney. I know that...

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Changing lives – one girl at a time!

Jaden was born the oldest child in a home of domestic violence. She lived in the home until just before her 4th birthday. Both of her younger sisters had life threatening injuries. Finally, when her youngest sister was 2 months old and had 5...

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Every Last Girl Finished

At the age of 9, my daughter was beautiful and bubbly, intelligent and funny. Always tall for her age, she possessed a body built for strength and she was using that strength to become a decent swimmer. Nine was a year of great growth and it...

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The girl with the most cake

This is pretty long but this all needs to be said: I’m a black sheep. And I really mean that, too. I’m a black sheep. I was born in April 1993 in Ventura, California, not too far from the ocean. Ever since then, I’ve always...

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Perseverance

When you were younger, did you ever think that life as an adult was going to be easy? Simple? Full of happiness every day or a Cinderella wedding? Well… that was me. As a child of divorced parents, I was a victim of physical and mental...

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Empowerment for All

I first learned about Girls on the Run through a healthy living blog back in 2011 and remember thinking “this is a cool program”. Fast forward to 2017, and I am at the helm of our local Girls on the Run Council. As a council, we now have...

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Girl You Be Trippin’

What obstacles are you facing? Seems like a simple question to ask a group of young teens. During our Overcoming Obstacles lesson at the Heart & Sole team I coach, I asked that very question. There was the typical awkward silence that you...

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Girls on the Run Central New York

Girls on the Run is so much fun. Beautiful. Powerful. Awesome. We know more about ourselves. We know our teammates strengths. We know we can trust our coaches. Our voices are heard. Our actions are seen. Our bodies are strong. Look out...

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How GOTR inspired me to change

My 12 year old has participated in GOTR for 3 years, and I have seen such a positive influence this program has made in her life. When my younger daughter started the 3rd grade, I proposed that her elementary school become a GOTR site! Once...