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Posts tagged with "Confidence Building"

3 Ways to Activate Your Star Power

By Kelly Frazee 01/03/2019 | Coach's Corner

In one of the earlier Girls on the Run lessons, we teach girls that they are like stars in the sky. Each one may look the same but, in actuality, each star is unlike the others around it. We tell them to focus on one star and make it theirs. Then, we tell them to visualize that star shining bright inside them. We guide them to associate that beautiful, bright and powerful light with their own uniqueness. We discuss with the girls that no one can take away their brightness or the individual things they bring to the world when they activate their Star Power.

The girls learn that with this star comes power. They also learn how to access their Star Power when they feel gloomy, like their star is being covered by a cloud.

We feel like this as adults too, right? 

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What a Mirror Really Shows

11/26/2018 | Coach's Corner

My story begins with my friends that coached for Girls on the Run. For several years, they mentioned that I should coach as well. All I knew about it was the name – and the name intimidated me, because I am basically the opposite of a runner. Don’t get me wrong, I am athletic, but running for the sake of running has never interested me. How could I coach girls to do something I had no interest in? Little did I know, this program is about SO much more than running a 5K. 

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What Makes You Happy?

By Monica Fragale 11/09/2018 | Coach's Corner

For me, the answer is simple and something I never would have expected.

 
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Inspiring GOTR Girls to Go the Distance

By Kelly Frazee 10/29/2018 | Coach's Corner

As GOTR coaches, we’ve all been there: It’s a few weeks into your season, the amount of time spent running is increasing, and you start to hear, “Do I realllyyyyy have to run today?”

Even the most confident girls can feel overwhelmed by a long-distance run. So, how do we motivate the girls to run or “walk with a purpose”, as I like to say, when that’s the last thing on their mind? Keep reading for ideas to help your girls overcome their resistance to running!

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3 Tactics to Build Lasting Friendships

By Emma Davis 10/23/2018 | General

I used three strategies to make intentional friendships this past summer. These were the results.

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Keeping Up the Fight

By Cammy Nelson 10/18/2018 | Wellness Tips

One of my favorite speakers often talks about the necessity of thanking our experiences for what they make us. I didn’t realize how true this practice was until I experienced crippling anxiety. It’s easy to look back on our lives and hold on to the moments that hurt us. We might catch ourselves blaming exes for breaking our hearts, our parents for being human when they were only trying to do the best they could or even our childhood for being painful or traumatic.

 

It’s also not an easy task to pick yourself up when it seems life has knocked you down – but it’s possible! I’m living proof of that.

 

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Say it Loud: The Power of the Girl Voice

By Asha Ellison 10/11/2018 | General

International Day of the Girl is all about celebrating girl power and encouraging girls to leave their mark on the world! This year, during the #LetsTellHer campaign for International Day of the Girl, Girls on the Run highlighted super girls like Kindhearted Kenidra who sounded off against gun violence, Magnificent Megan who lent her voice to safety, the Wise Wijsens who successfully spoke out about saving the environment and Amicable Acacia who helped heal the hurting with encouraging dialogue and a focus on friendship.

But, these five girls aren’t done using their voices to positively impact people and communities all across the globe. They continue on, in solidarity with every girl who leads the way to change each day.

 

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6 Ways Girls Use GOTR Lessons in Everyday Life

By Kelly Frazee 09/20/2018 | General

Six years ago, when I first became a coach for Girls on the Run, I was also in graduate school pursuing my teaching degree. I looked forward to days I got to coach GOTR and see the girls work cooperatively, run longer or faster than they thought they could, and cheer for and support one another. Seeing them at practice “choosing to be a Girl on the Run,” as they were taught in one of their lessons, was rewarding and made me proud to observe the intentional choices that would help them grow into thoughtful, encouraging and strong women. Yet, it wasn’t until I was coaching GOTR and working as an upper elementary school teacher, that I really saw the profound impact the program had on our girls. 

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How One Runner Changed My Life and Started a Movement

By Laura King Edwards 09/07/2018 | General

Ten years ago, my little sister, Taylor, came home from school and announced that she wanted to join Girls on the Run. In doing so, she followed nearly 1 million girls across the nation who had gained more confidence, developed strength of character and trained to participate in a 5K event — all while having fun. 

Except my sister was different. 

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A Touch of Magic

By Sharon Stone 08/20/2018 | Coach's Corner

The culminating 5K at the end of each Girls on the Run season is my absolute favorite day! First as a parent, then as coach, and now as a program coordinator, the day doesn’t pass without goosebumps of awe and inspiration. When all 25 teams, 300 girls and their families come together for this event, the venue just oozes with girl power!

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Whatever the Obstacle

By Stacie Sather 08/15/2018 | General

Several years ago, my daughter, Sunshine, and I went for a hike. While walking, she noticed something unusual. Something that struck her curiosity. 

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Getting Started with Meditation

By Nina Yu 08/06/2018 | Wellness Tips

One of the core values at Girls on the Run is to nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Meditation is a great way to do all three of these! Meditation is all about being in a state of awareness. I’ve started incorporating meditation into my daily routine and have seen the benefits in all aspects of my life. 

Meditation might seem difficult to someone who is just beginning the practice. Here are some simple tips to help you get started today!

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Women Who Wow Us: Jay Ell Alexander

By Asha Ellison 07/12/2018 | Remarkable! People

If the age-old adage that attitude reflects leadership is true, then it’s no wonder that Black Girls RUN! is thriving! After all, the women-only running organization, dedicated to encouraging and providing resources to new and veteran runners, is led by the dynamic and talented Jay Ell Alexander. As the CEO and Owner of BGR!, she is driven, community-focused and committed to empowering all women (especially African-American women – who experience higher rates of obesity) to live healthier lives.

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Internet Safety with Miss O & Friends

By Asha Ellison 07/06/2018 | GOTR Picks

A safe social haven for girls? Yep. It’s a real thing!

In today’s technology-driven world, it’s important for a girl to have a safe space—a place where she can be her authentic self. Miss O and Friends is an online community where girls are free to engage with their peers without fear of cyberbullying, exposure to risky content or having to be anyone other than themselves.

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25 Creative Ways to Ask Kids About Their Day

By Haley Warner 06/22/2018 | General

How we engage with children matters!

It’s time to take casual “how was your day” conversations to the next level and make them more meaningful.

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Running with Reason: How One Woman Found Friendship by Going the Distance

By Carolina Muriel 06/01/2018 | General

I really enjoy “me time” while running.

Solo running gives me time to focus on my next race, think through situations in my personal life or just allows me to completely lose myself in my music. In fact, I’ve trained for three marathons on my very own. But, sometimes, long runs, as with life, are hard to get through alone.

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25 Compliments to Give Other Than Good Job

By Haley Warner 04/17/2018 | General

We teach girls that what they say and how they say it matters, no matter their age. When kids reach an accomplishment, go beyond just “good job” so they know their actions are powerful and important. 

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5 Ways to Inspire Leadership in Children

By Asha Ellison 03/16/2018 | General

We have to teach our children how to find the balance between staying true to themselves while also challenging them to grow. Through these challenges, we help our children learn adaptability, effectiveness, self-control, kindness, assertiveness and how to better manage themselves and their influence on others.

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The Best Tool for Setting Goals That Are Both Challenging and Achievable

By Kenzie Kramer 01/30/2018 | Wellness Tips

As a coach for Girls on the Run, one of my favorite things is watching each girl realize she’ll be doing a 5K. This typically happens at the first practice when girls share what they already know about Girls on the Run: we do fun cheers at the end of practice, we play games that are related to the theme of the day, we can go at whatever pace as long as we’re challenging ourselves, and we run/walk a 5K at the end of the season. At the start of the season, it’s rare to see a ten-year-old girl who looks confident about completing 3.1 miles, but after ten weeks of going a little further each day, the same tentative girls are the ones ready and waiting at the start line of their first 5K.

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Five Female Athletes Who Are the Definition of Strong

By Asha Ellison 01/25/2018 | Remarkable! People

Nothing speaks more to the heart of Girls on the Run than celebrating strong, extraordinary girls and women. A strong girl is one who tries new things (activates her limitless potential), follows her heart (boldly pursues hers dreams), empowers others and continues to be a pacesetter for change – crushing stereotypes, breaking records and doing the unthinkable.

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Peer Pressured: Making Intentional Decisions When Faced with Social Influence

By Asha Ellison 01/23/2018 | General

When I think of all the things that have significantly impacted my life, peer pressure is at the bottom of the list. I have always been a pretty strong-minded and self-sufficient person but, when I initially sat down to think about just how little an impact peer pressure has had on my life, it was a little alarming. 

“Surely, this can’t be normal,” I thought to myself.

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10 Mantras to Help You Reach Your 2018 Goals

01/12/2018 | GOTR Picks

Every January, social media feeds and conversations with family and friends are filled with "new year, new me" attitudes. From finally going for a lofty goal to making a small day-to-day change, it seems like everyone has something they want to improve. Ready to be a goal-getter in 2018? A motivating mantra is a great place to start.

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Don't Look Back

By Asha Ellison 11/30/2017 | General

Some of the greatest lessons we will ever learn come from our daily experiences or loved ones. I’m grateful that one of the most important lessons I ever learned came from my eldest brother when I was about 10 years old. The advice he gave me during that season of life became the foundation upon which I further built my confidence and determination.

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How You Can Use Instagram to Empower Your Daughter

By Jessica Thiefels 10/25/2017 | General

Instagram can cause anxiety and stress for you as a mom, even more so for your daughter, who’s growing up in a judgmental, image-centric society. The reality is, she’ll probably find a way to use it, whether you want her to or not.


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Seven Tips for Getting Your Kid to Put Their Phone Away and Be Active

By Heather Pressley, PhD 10/24/2017 | Wellness Tips

Technology is an enormous part of kids’ lives today and, while it has many benefits, the negative effects include increased sedentary behavior and a decreased physical activity. In many schools, children are using laptops or other electronic devices for most of the day and kids continue to get smartphones at a younger age.

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How Can I Help My Daughter Have a Healthy Body Image?

By Heather Pressley, PhD 10/24/2017 | Wellness Tips

Raising a girl with a healthy body image is complicated but worth it. If she can be free of limiting, external expectations about her body, then she can be free to truly be herself and free to truly pursue her potential. 

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Self-Love Starts with Liking Yourself

By Michelle Barichello 10/16/2017 | Wellness Tips

Self-love begins with liking yourself, and this only gets harder as we become adults. Let’s encourage girls to see the beauty of hanging out with themselves now so they’ll become their own best friends for life.

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Who Has Star Power? You Do!

By Lisa Keller 09/19/2017 | General

One of my most treasured Girls on the Run lessons to coach is the Star Power lesson. During each season, the Star Power lesson inspires the girls to practice using visualization to positively impact their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The lesson also teaches strategies to activate and enhance our Star Power plus how we can help others activate theirs.

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Five Remarkable Women Who Are Defining Beauty on Their Own Terms

By Kenzie Kramer 09/01/2017 | Remarkable! People

How do you define beauty? Each Girls on the Run season, girls are asked to share what they think beauty means. After talking through their initial responses about outer beauty (“My babysitter is beautiful because she looks like Cinderalla!”), girls are asked to think about what characteristics make up inner beauty. Oftentimes, girls know what inner beauty means and their responses include someone who treats others with kindness, is brave, or isn’t afraid to be themselves. Now, more than ever, girls have opportunities to see women who stand up to beauty norms and celebrate what makes them different.

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Five Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD 08/28/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run senior vice president of programming and evaluation Allison Riley shares how she encourages her daughter to learn in a mastery climate, even at a very young age.

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Standing Together to Support All Girls

By Heather Pressley, PhD 08/09/2017 | General

Girl Squad. Stand Together. Build each other up. Positive mindset. These are what Girls on the Run is all about. Sometimes, because of our name, people see us as “only” a running program but Girls on the Run is so much more than that!

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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller 07/26/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

The simple act of kindness ought to be second nature to all of us. Nonetheless, it can be challenging at times to express it. The idea of kindness can get lost in our everyday lives - we might not make eye contact with someone so we don’t say hello, we avoid helping someone as we may not know if we are being overbearing or perhaps, we find it easier to say nothing rather than give kudos to a friend.

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I Learned Anything is Possible Because I Ran a 5K

07/21/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run has teamed up with Say it Forward, a platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other women and girls. The story below was submitted to Say it Forward by Coach S. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here.

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Five Mantras to Help You Activate Your Limitless Potential

By Kenzie Kramer 06/14/2017 | Fun & Games

During each Girls on the Run season, GOTR girls learn about the power of positive self-talk. Through lessons lead by volunteer coaches, girls discuss how they can turn negative thoughts into positive messages and use these messages to keep them motivated was they work toward their goals.

Do you have a goal in mind that you're trying to reach? Keep these positive messages in mind to help you activate your limitless potential and achieve what you're working toward.

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Women Who Wow Us: Kate Parker

By Kenzie Kramer 05/25/2017 | Remarkable! People

When photographer Kate Parker chose twenty images of her daughters for a gallery show, not one of them sold. Now, Parker has created a book out of those photos and more photos showing the true strength and beauty of girls. 

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What is Joy, Really?

By Joy Hartman 04/18/2017 | General

The Girls on the Run mission statement starts with, “We inspire girls to be joyful…” But what is joy, really? Thanks to the movie Inside Out, we may have a pretty adorable image of a spunky, energetic, blue-haired bundle of happiness as a permanent picture of how joy may actually look. But what is joy?

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From Boston Strong to Nancy Strong

04/04/2017 | Remarkable! People

Nancy Heydinger is the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont. This year, Hyland’s Leg Cramps offered Girls on the Run International three bibs for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Nancy, a longtime GOTR supporter, submitted her story of what running the Boston Marathon would mean to her and was selected to receive a bib to represent Girls on the Run at this year’s marathon.

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"What I Lack in Speed, I Make up for in Heart"

04/04/2017 | Remarkable! People

Beth Gillespie is the founder and former council director for Girls on the Run East Central Illinois. This year, Hyland’s Leg Cramps offered Girls on the Run International three bibs for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Beth, who has been involved with Girls on the Run for nine years, submitted her story of what running the Boston Marathon would mean to her and was selected to receive a bib and represent Girls on the Run at this year’s marathon. Beth is currently using her training to inspire other middle-of-the-pack runners to boldly pursue their dreams and is a part of the Hyland's all-women team.

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When You Grind, You Shine

By Diana Patton 03/20/2017 | General

Diana Patton shares why it's necessary to put in the hardwork and grind in order to successfully reach your goals. 

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Let Go of the Weight of Judgment

By Kira Montuori 02/14/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Judgment is a fool. It is meant to hold people back, sidetrack them from doing what they love and dim their light. Judgment is heavy and it’s like carrying bricks in your backpack and you can’t fly carrying bricks.

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“Do What You Can and Never Give Up!”

By Kenzie Kramer 01/24/2017 | Remarkable! People

When marathon-runner Cheryl Hile’s neurologist told her to lower her expectations, Cheryl refused to accept the advice. 

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Dreaming Is Imagining Yourself in Other Places

By Diana Patton 01/24/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Most people declared a dream recently in the form of a New Year’s resolution but that dream will merely remain a fantasy or a make-believe place until you begin to visualize yourself living out your dream. A vision takes on life and begins to create shape in your mind. You have to pick up that project and see yourself finishing it.

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Girls on the Run Didn't Make My Daughter Love Running, but It Did Shape Her Soul

By Jennifer Borch 01/04/2017 | General

When I signed up to coach Girls on the Run nine years ago, I fantasized about the running bond I would develop with my daughter. My back-of-the-pack rebel walker would have none of it. Girls on the Run may not have sold my daughter on running, but it shaped her soul.

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Raise Your Hand if You Want a Do Over

By Diana Patton 11/29/2016 | Remarkable! People

We've all had moments in life when we wish we could have a do over. Motivational speaker Diana Patton shares her story of a not-so-best moment and how she's been resilient in pursuing her goals. 

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Have You Heard of the Chicken Run?

By Sydney Mack 11/07/2016 | General

A Girls on the Run coach shares how finding our true identities is a journey that lasts long past adolescence. 

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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

By Brittney Storm Rankin 11/07/2016 | General

We all want the girls in our lives go after their dreams, but the media, our celebrity culture and social media can send mixed messages that affect their confidence. Here are some tips to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, younger sister or any girl you know to have the confidence to work toward her goals. 

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Three Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Girls on the Run

By Francine Labiran 10/12/2016 | General

Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set goals, be confident, and so much more. Although the program includes running, the weekly lessons encourage participants and coaches to recognize their Star Power, build connections and develop healthy habits. I’ve been a coach for the past two years and in that time I’ve had the opportunity to teach (and learn) valuable life lessons from a group of amazing girls and inspiring coaches.

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How to Raise a Strong Woman

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD 10/11/2016 | General

Over the past 15 years since having my daughter Allie, I have worked hard to raise a strong woman; a woman who can see past the negativity and unrealistic expectations that come with life.  In teen world, the unending effort to fit in, to be noticed and to be liked can quickly change into a vortex of self-doubt and negativity. In adult world, the buzz words in female circles are perfection, work-life balance, doing it all and having it all which result in a very daunting outlook for a young girl. So here are ten ways I’m working to raise a strong woman:

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Five Tips for Raising an Emotionally Strong Girl

By Joy Hartman 10/06/2016 | Wellness Tips

We seem to have measurements for everything these days. In the first seconds of life, our kids’ physical health is measured with weight and length. In schools, we have standardized tests and grades to measure our kid’s academic strengths.  But how can we measure our kid’s emotional strength? 

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Daring to Be Different

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD 09/12/2016 | General

I am proud of my life.  I have a successful career and a wonderful family. It's a good life. Getting here wasn't a piece of cake, however. There is a backstory that exemplifies my favorite mantra: You can start late, be different, be uncertain, and still succeed.

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GOTR Girls Invited to Meet Bestselling Author

09/01/2016 | Announcements

Big or small, everyone has struggled to find their place at some point. In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s new book The Littlest Bigfoot, self-conscious Alice Mayfair is having trouble finding a support system after starting at yet another new school. Alice finds a friend in Millie Maximus, a Bigfoot who is fascinated by humans and is hopeful that they’ll accept her fearless nature and yearning to be a star. 

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Is Your Tween Ready for School?

By Joy Hartman 08/24/2016 | Heart & Sole

School supplies? Check. Class schedule. Done. First day of school outfit. Yep. What else? As much as your daughter will tell you she will have everything she could possibly need after a quick trip to the mall to stock up on all of the latest fall fashions, we all know deep down there is so much more she is going to need to prepare for school. Middle school can be a difficult time with changing friendship dynamics. How can you prepare them for that? It’s easier than you think! Hang in here for a second. 

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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

By Kira Montuori 08/04/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

What we tell ourselves matters.  In fact, the internal dialogue is probably the most important voice we hear.  Our inner words define our inner relationship and our relationship with ourselves defines every other relationship in our lives. 

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Women Who Wow Us: Erin Bried

By Kenzie Kramer 04/12/2016 | Remarkable! People

When former magazine editor Erin Bried searched newsstands for a publication that her young daughter could enjoy, she was disappointed in what she discovered. Bried was hoping to see stories that would grow her five-year-old's curiosity but instead she came across articles about growing her hair. Determined to provide girls with media that helps them develop their interests and talents, Bried is using her 16 years of editorial experirence at SELF, Glamour and Women's Sports & Fitness toward starting her own magazine, Kazoo.

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Women Who Wow Us: Morgan Ovens

By Kenzie Kramer 02/11/2016 | Remarkable! People

Singer and songwriter Morgan Ovens uses her talents to connect with teenagers and encourage them to follow their dreams. Through sharing stories of her own challenges, she inspires self-acceptance and spreads the message of self-worth not stemming from physical appearance. 

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The Finish Line Is Just the Beginning

By Suzanna McCloskey 12/10/2015 | Remarkable! People

Nikkia Young, Volunteer Events Chair for Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond, recently accomplished the feat of completing her first marathon and explains why she doesn’t want you to feel sorry for her when you learn she was the last person to finish. 

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#WearWhiteInWinter

By Carrie Hanson 12/07/2015 | General

A 10-year-old GOTR girl helps her mom learn a lesson about confidence and fashion. 

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The Importance of Standing Up for Yourself

By Megan Gildin 10/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

A message to GOTR girls: Stand up for yourself, be confident and take time to thank those around you that have allowed you to stand tall.

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Creative Ways to Help Your Child Express Herself

By Brittney Storm Rankin 09/11/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

One of the best ways to boost your child's confidence is to encourage healthy self-expression. Use the following tips to help your girl be more creative and expressive.

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GOTR Girl Nassir Speaks at Campaign to End Child Obesity

By Amy Ellrod 06/12/2015 | Remarkable! People

GOTR Girl Nassir shared how Girls on the Run has boosted her physical-activity and her confidence at the Campaign to End Child Obesity’s 8th Annual Breakfast with Champions. Read her entire speech here.

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Bloom Where You Are: Lessons on Our Power

By Mandy Murphy 06/09/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

On a recent Saturday, Mandy Murphy watched her 7-year-old daughter testing for her first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Doa demonstration that culled together two years' worth of strength, knowledge and skill. As Mandy watched in awe as her daughter achieved her goal, she realized the full power of her daughter's self-confidence. One of the reasons Mandy founded the Girls on the Run of the Triangle, NC council 15 years ago was to help girls build and strengthen that essential foundation of self-confidence and encourage them to believe in their inner power.

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Transforming the Fitspiration Concept

By Celi Merchant 06/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Looking for a quick way to feel self-conscious? Do an image search for “fitspiration.” You’ll be hit with bad advice, false promises and extreme workout demands laid over images of exceedingly toned bodies in very little clothing. Rather than feeling bad about yourself, let's transform the concept and focus on what does inspire us to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Ode to Coaching

By Pamela Young 05/07/2015 | General

Pam Young, Girls on the Run International's creative specialist and editor of Remarkable! just finished her first stint coaching a Girls on the Run team. The experience made a lasting impact. She reflects on it and salutes every Girls on the Run coach past and present.

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One in a Million: Nicole Jones

By Suzanna McCloskey 04/21/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

This week, we hear from Cigna Executive Vice President and General Counsel Nicole Jones, JD, about what makes her one in a million. Jones, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a JD from New York University, has held increasingly responsible leadership roles throughout her career and always aims to lead with an open heart.

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A Message to My 8-Year-Old Self

By Amy Ellrod 04/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to go back in time or to send a message to your younger self with perspective you’ve gained along the way? Girls on the Run International's Amy Ellrod has. Here's what she'd have to say and why.

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