Posts in category "Fearlessness"

Listen to Your Gut

Yesterday, as many of you know, I was supposed to do my first Half Ironman triathlon.  (Swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and then run 13.1 miles!)  Instead, I went out for a 15 minute run with my husband. I bet you’re wondering why. There’s a really long version to the story, but the important... Read more »

Own Your Awesomeness.

Silent cheer! To end each Girls on the Run practice, we give out “energy awards.”  A girl can give an award to herself or someone else, and tells everyone why the person deserves that award.  The girl receiving the award stands in the middle of the circle while everyone else cheers for them.  (They look like this.)... Read more »

Be You.

  Oh, if only it were always that easy. J. Crew ad There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about what it’s okay (and not okay) for boys and girls to do.  Last week, J. Crew sent an e-mail ad to their mailing list that showed Jenna Lyons, creative director, and... Read more »
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Fearless Friday: They Can't All Be "Bests"

Smiles at 3:30 in the morning — waiting for a bus to take us to the race. On February 27, I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando.  It had all the makings of a perfect race: I had friends there, I was relaxed after two days relaxing in the Florida sunshine, and we’d... Read more »

New Year's Resolutions: Resolve to Do Something Positive in 2011

Help with a big organization like Girl Up, or help with your local food pantry or homeless shelter.  Giving back is a great way to help others and you'll feel fabulous doing it, too!
This Friday, we will wave good-bye to 2010 and say hello to 2011.  Lots of people choose to make New Year’s Resolutions.  A New Year’s Resolution is usually a promise to “do better” or “give something up” in the coming year.  I’m sure many of you ladies hear women talking about how they want to... Read more »

Kate: Outside the Girl Box at the Museum of Science & Industry

Kate and me, outside her cube If you haven’t been following Kate’s Month at the Museum, I have one question for you.  Why not?  Go ahead.  Click the link and get caught up.  I’ll wait. Kate McGroarty, 24, moved into the Museum of Science & Industry on October 20, becoming their very first roommate.  In... Read more »
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Chicago Tween & Teen Girls: I Have a Challenge For You... Make-up Free Tuesdays!

A group of girls at a Texas high school recently started a club called “Redefining Beautiful.”  Its members go make-up free every Tuesday!  Watch the video to find out more, and then join me after the jump for my challenge to you. If the movie below doesn’t work for you, you can click here to... Read more »

Lifetime Fitness Chicago Triathlon: I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

When I was asked to do a triathlon relay with fellow ChicagoNow bloggers Ashley Bond and Barb Rodriguez, the answer was simple.  YES!  Girl power and the fabulous team name Team Awesome?  Sounds like a great time to me!   Ashley & me at the expo, all marked and ready to go! I was feeling... Read more »

Memorable Friendships: Advice for Creating Lasting Friendships from Sixth Grader Shannon R.

Today’s post is a guest post by Shannon R, a girl just like you who will be in sixth grade this fall.  Shannon knows what it’s like to be the “new kid” at school — she was the new girl just last year!  This year, she’s looking forward to welcoming new students like a classmate... Read more »
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It's Just Hair.

Girls, I have a confession.  This summer, I wasted more than one day watching an America’s Next Top Model marathon.  On the makeover shows, there are always a few women who get their hair cut into short, cute pixie cuts.  I have always wanted to chop off all my hair, but I’ve never been brave... Read more »