On Fostering Confidence In Our Girls + Dove Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper. Opinions, as always, are my own.

Through a small window, I watch her carefully chaine turn across the ballet studio floor.  Hands on shoulders, she is learning to spot, while sometimes losing stability.  In a powder blue leotard, with magic marker remnants on her hands, she is beauty in motion – exuding unfading grace, joy, and determination.  Despite getting dizzy  – she steps out of her spins to greet the studio mirror with a big smile lighting up her face.  I study the way in which she grins at her reflection and can’t help but marvel at her eight-year-old sense of self and increasing awareness of the world around her.

 

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I’m reminded of all the times that I stood, as a girl, in front of a metaphorical mirror, feeling proud on my own accord – or unsure of myself and my abilities.  And in a pre-Internet era, I know all too well what it was like to feel diminished – in the murmur of a whisper – or the passing of a note.

Our daughter will someday be a part of the next generation of social media users – where a single voice can be amplified among an endless sea.

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And now more than ever, it is our biggest hope that this future online culture will follow Dove‘s lead in embracing words as weapons – to speak beauty, support, and reciprocity; while influencing positivity, calling out injustices, and championing change.

That’s why, as a mother of a young girl, I love the Dove Self-Esteem Project’s mission in helping girls gain confidence and develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

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Dove has sparked really important discussions online – and when I walk with my daughter to our local Rite Aid, I’m happy to pick up products (that I’ve depended on for years) from a brand that aligns with our beliefs. Along with Dove’s steadfast commitment to helping women and girls – I’m such a fan of their affordable products with delicious scents.

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My current favorites, on regular rotation, include Dove Deep Moisturizing Body Wash, which never dries out my skin, especially in the colder months; Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo for quick hair fixes after rushing from spin class to ballet class pick-up; and Dove Advanced Care Original Clean Deodorant with a cool and fresh scent that always keeps me dry.

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We’re thrilled to partner with Dove to giveaway my favorite products to five lucky winners.

Entry is simple over on our Instagram account.

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Just comment on this image with your own story about a time that you or a friend had a negative experience on social media – and please let us know how you got through it. Use #SpeakBeautiful to be entered to win one of five Dove tote bags filled with full-sized Dove products.  Giveaway rules can be found here: https://goo.gl/pcrAjW.

Also, please join us in the #SpeakBeautiful conversation on social media, and in the comments below.

Here’s to our strong girls.

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