July 1, 2015

A Letter to My Niece: May You Be Bold.

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I don’t have kids, but I do have two nephews and a niece that I love to pieces and that fill a big part of my heart.

It’s pretty amazing to watch them and to just observe their thoughts and actions and see the infinite possibilities and an imagination that can’t hold them back.

My niece is nearly two years old now and the other day while out for a walk, I watched her eyes gazing at everything with such enthusiasm and energy. Her life filled with so much opportunity and so much passion.

I began to wonder: at what age do we start to reason and rationalize what is “right” and what is “sensible”? When do we start to question our actions? At what stage in our life do we stop playing with excitement?

I got to thinking about all of her potential and what she is capable of and what I want her to know. In fact, what I wish every little girl would know.

This is the letter I wish they had:

Little girl,

Do you know how powerful you are? You are like a mini super-hero just waiting to reveal your true identity to the world.

You are capable of greatness! You have a mission in this world and you have full control over your own destiny. Your life is full of infinite choices but that’s just what they are, it’s up to you to create your outcome.

Do not let your life be about circumstance. Be strong. Be bold. Be fierce.

Grab a hold of your courage, and don’t ever let it go. And don’t ever worry about being called a b*tch or a diva. The one’s that call you that have their own story to tell and those words have nothing to do with you anyway.

You are valuable. Don’t ever settle for anything that doesn’t bring you joy.

Be gutsy and don’t be afraid to take risks. That’s how you will find the greatest reward.

Step into your fears but don’t be reckless about it. Life is too short not to respect both of those,and that’s how you will truly find yourself.

Learn to hear your intuition and trust yourself. You know better than you think you do.

This is your life and you owe it to yourself to live it for you and not for anyone else. Don’t ever think that makes you selfish.

Passion, purpose and values are just as important as loyalty, hard work and commitment.

Always be excited about something no matter what it is. Don’t let anyone tell you your passions are ridiculous or funny. They are yours. Dream big.

Sadness, anger and frustration are just as valid as feelings of joy, happiness and gratitude. You can let your emotions show and still be powerful. 

Your family loves you, no matter what. Life may not always be flawless but you are loved and you are safe.

You don’t ever need to fake perfection because you are perfection. You are perfect and whole and complete.

You have everything you need to live an incredible life. So get out there, give it all you’ve got, grab a hold and don’t ever let go.

You are powerful. You are gifted. You are a leader. Share it with the world.

In pure admiration,

someone who loves you and believes in all that you can be


My hope is that all little girls will hear this message and use it to make a difference in the world. We are living in changing times, and we need to learn to embrace our divinity and strength.

Share this letter with the little girl living inside of you—the innocent little child that still observes the world with amazement and possibility and reassure her that she still holds infinite potential and possibilities.

For all of the little girls of the world, may you be bold, brave and dream big.


Author: Jodie Hebbard

Editor: Katarina Tavčar

Photo: Angga Agathakanaya/Pixoto

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