Treat your voice as a muscle and remember that like all muscles, it gets stronger with use. Many of us stopped using our voice honestly and boldly when we were girls and were taught, as part of our socialization, to say and do what would most please others. Start small by practicing with those who will love you no matter what comes out of your mouth.
A highly sought-after contributor to various media outlets, Anea Bogue is an acclaimed self-esteem expert who specializes in working with women of all ages, including adolescent girls. The mother of a teen daughter and 5 year old daughter, Anea is absolutely passionate about the empowerment of girls and women and has dedicated more than half her life to this cause. She brings 20 years of experience to her work as an educator (middle and high school teacher for 10 years), certified life coach, consultant, writer and speaker. Anea is also the creator and director of REALgirl®, a revolutionary empowerment program for girls ages 9 – 16, yielding incredible transformations in girls. Anea is currently writing a book titled ‘9 Ways We Are Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop’ based on her Master’s Thesis which was dedicated to the self-esteem crisis among women and girls. She also recently co-founded TrueMoon, a new organic tampon company dedicated to providing safe, healthy feminine care products and educating girls and women about their bodies.Whether through her forthcoming book, featured articles or speaking engagements, Anea is committed to helping each girl and woman discover her authentic self and reach her highest potential. To learn more about Anea please visit www.AneaBogue.com.
At a time when research suggests that the average girl's self-esteem peaks at the age of nine and then plummets, '9 Ways' uncovers the root causes of the self-esteem crisis, the ways we are unknowingly contributing to it, and what we can do to ensure that every girl (and future woman) is empowered to reach her full potential.
05/14/2014 05:37 EDT
The reality is that our menstrual cycle is extremely powerful and does impact the way we feel from one day to the next. It's also true that we have heightened strengths during every phase of our cycle. Unfortunately, most of us don't know about the intricacies of our cycle and how to really capitalize on these strengths because from the time we hit puberty we're given very little information about it. Why?
09/21/2013 10:00 EDT
International Women's Day is all about pausing to reflect on our achievements in the long-standing effort to create equality between men and women. For over a decade, Beyonce has been singing about girls and women being independent. However, when I found out last month that the megastar and girl power proponent was calling her tour the 'Mrs. Carter Show' I thought I was going to short circuit.
03/08/2013 06:02 EST
2012 has proven to be an incredibly exciting and important time to be a woman. One especially important sign of this is the fact that we are re-discovering and using our voices. Now here's where our important work for 2013 comes in. All this ground-breaking awareness, strength and self-authority among women and girls must be protected and nurtured so it continues to grow.
01/07/2013 05:33 EST
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