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This Little Girl Is Me


This little girl is me.


- She lived in a poor neighborhood outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin


- Neither of her parents spoke English so they worked hard to find the jobs they were qualified for


- Budgets were very tight, so mom sewed a lot of her clothes


- Thanks to mom, she developed her great style early


- She watched her mom package all kinds of gifts to send to her relatives behind the Iron Curtain


- She wondered if she loved those people more


- She didn't have very good grades until they moved to a better school system


- She thought she was very odd and awkward


- She struggled to understand why her parents seemed so different from other parents


- She ventured to her parents' "home country" after college to discover more about what made her and her parents tick


- She finally found a lot of joy in working abroad and discovering herself


- She got interesting corporate jobs


- She chose not to have kids and got married late in life


- Both her parents died from brutal cancers


- She decided to take a pause, then start her own business


- She had a ton of fun learning new things and failing over and over


- Now she speaks out for other women like the woman she is and the girl she was, whenever she has the opportunity


Why am I telling you this?


Because between the ages of 8 and 14, girls’ confidence levels nose-dive by 30 percent (source: The Confidence Code for Girls). They feel more confident about their futures after hearing from women role models.


If I can be a role model to young women, I'm happy to share my ups and downs.


PS. My dad was very proud of his cars! I have many photos of me as a kid in front of them. Gotta love the Karmann Ghia! It's the car I wish they would've kept.

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