Self-Empowerment

“Telling Your Story is Empowering”

VIDEO: Sonya Hartwig explains how sharing our stories can help us heal and empower ourselves and others, in this conversation with Elisa Gambino, One Production Place. 

Living the Truth

I didn’t grow up with the language young people have these days around gender and sexuality. I was 19 when I first met my first gay person and that encounter started me on a path to my...

From Bondage to Mental Freedom

Freedom is possible!!! When I say those words I literally mean it’s possible! I recall so many challenging days in my life; when nothing but inward voices, hallucinations, depression...

Los Momentos Que Nos Definen

Vivimos nuestras vidas de momento a momento, de respiración a respiración. A veces, aguantamos nuestra respiración para que el momento dure, pero otras veces, cerramos los ojos y...

Some Girls Don’t Fit In

Some girls are not meant to fit in. This has always been the story of my life. As a child, I never dreamed of weddings. I didn’t give in to peer pressure. Pink was never my favorite...

Why Say It Forward?

VIDEO: YOUR story DOES matter! It matters to you, it matters to us, and it matters to so many other women and girls who will be inspired by what you have to say.

My body does not define me.

As a teenager and a young 20 something I suffered with body dysmorphia. I was the skinny fat girl. I had a childhood that no one should ever have, a multitude of pain-struggle-abuse-pain...

Now I am a survivor

I was a victim. Now I am a survivor. I lived in a situation where I experienced emotional and verbal abuse from my father. My mom moved us into a different house during my freshman year of...

Love and Empowerment

I once thought that it was major life decisions that determined whether we are empowered or not – deciding to stand up for ourselves when our voice is not being heard, or to leave an...