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  • I Wish I Had
    Brenna L.
    Girls Who Create
    I created this piece to reflect the times where I wish I had mustered courage. In these instances, that means the courage to say "no," the courage to tell my friends that I am depressed, and the courage to tell someone that I love them. Even though daily I practice speaking my mind, I find it hard to do so. I wish, so often, that I was courageous enough to speak my truth. Through this piece, I hope to exercise that.
  • Scars
    Molly D.
    Girls Who Create
    Though they take different forms, we all have scars from the battles we have fought. Fighting those battles takes courage and so does sharing your stories. This poem addresses the struggle to find that courage.
  • Step Out
    Hailey M.
    Girls Who Create
    "I strongly believe that the only way to gain valuable life experience like this is to have the courage to step outside of your comfort zone." This is a photo series and reflection from the author's recent travels
  • I Used To Be Rock Solid
    Claire S.
    Girls Who Create
    Claire examines how difficult it is to open yourself up, especially in a world where doing so isn’t always considered courageous.
  • Courageous Things to Do
    Emmy S
    Girls Who Create
    Being courageous can be in the little things or the huge things, which is why I composed this list.

Muses

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  • Muses for Creative and Entrepreneurial Women
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    Where does that source of inspiration stem from that gives girls like us the intense feeling to create? What was it that ignited the fire in our bellies to bring an idea to life? One could suggest that spark came from a muse of sorts.
  • Muses in Passing
    Brenna L.
    Girls Who Create
    Muses are not always the lovers or the friends, but often the passersby and the outsiders. The vignettes give a glimpse into these small moments, shared by two people who may never meet again.
  • Muses
    Claire S.
    Girls Who Create
    The things that inspired me to create were the same things, people, feelings, or places that struck a chord with everyone else. We all create our own interpretations of the same things, be they love, anger, pain, beauty, or otherwise.
  • aMUSing
    Emmy S
    Girls Who Create
    Porcupines and exit signs collide in this onslaught of poetic ramblings that are sure to be aMUSing.
  • Nine Resemblances
    Molly D.
    Girls Who Create
    In this poem, each stanza uses a muse and its creative domain as a starting point, and explores what these domains mean to one poet’s creative process and how we access our creative voices and individuality.
  • Transcending Muse
    Hailey M.
    Girls Who Create
    Without a muse, a creative influence, or an important experience, how can an artist create something of meaning?

#Goals

Entrepreneurs, artists and creators of all types are goal oriented by nature. As women who are motivated to create in this world, we often begin the creative process with a vision in mind. We strike a balance between dreaming and doing to bring our business, art or passion projects to fruition. It is the action of setting goals and passionately pursuing them that makes us unstoppable. 

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  • Portrait of the Writer as a Young Woman
    Claire S.
    Girls Who Create
    This series of vignettes follows Claire’s subtle developments as a writer. Each moment, though seemingly unimportant, remains with her and reminds her how far she's come on her journey to achieving her larger goals.
  • Survive and Rise
    Molly D.
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    This poem explores beginnings and ending, solutions and resolutions, the loss and discovery of self. Your life is a sentence and 2016 is one clause.
  • Aching at the Sides
    Brenna L.
    Girls Who Create
    This piece is a confessional piece, brimming with uncomfortable honesty. Sometimes it’s easy for me to write about my emotions and my mental state. Other times, it’s more of a struggle. This piece, although somewhat tough to write, works as a sort of retrospective, both for 2015 and for the few previous years.
  • Dreams from a Doer
    Emmy S
    Girls Who Create
    Dreamers, doers and animals playing instruments, all rolled into one piece of writing.
  • Goal Focused
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    This month's theme highlights the entrepreneurial attribute of being goal focused.
  • Sara Misconish: Fashion Designed for Impact
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    Sara Misconish of Modern Good gives us her perspective on the entrepreneurial process. "It's up to you to carve out opportunities for yourself and to do that you have to brave." Read more...

Empathy

Empathy is an important attribute of the entrepreneurial and creative mindset. Empathy is a skill that allows us to understand the perspectives, emotions, circumstances, needs and thoughts of others. Young changemakers creating innovative solutions that address a specific problems that someone feels in the world must be empathetic to the true needs of others in order to truly solve their pain-points. Our ability to put ourselves in others shoes and imagine what their feeling, thinking or experiencing draws us in and allows us to connect in human-centered ways. Moreover the state of our world, with all the destruction and division, has great need for a generation of empathetic leaders. As girls who create and want to make change in the world, be brave, open your heart, engage in dialogue with people who are different than you, listen to new perspectives, refrain from judgements and practice empathy every chance you have. It will make a difference in this world.

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  • A Walk Down the Ave.
    Julia G.
    Girls Who Create
    In this creative piece, Julia shares how her viewpoint on the homeless continues to shift toward empathy now that she finds herself living in the city.
  • That Is Empathy
    Emmy S
    Girls Who Create
    This is a complied list of common instances of empathy. It is to prove how much something so discreet can mean in the span of a life time.
  • Gabi Mirelez: Altering Confidence through Entrepreneurship
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    Although Gabi is in the business of altering clothing, her interview highlights how she is altering the levels of confidence in the queer community through her entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Two Truths and a Lie
    Brenna L.
    Girls Who Create
    Named after Brenna's favorite summer camp icebreaker, Two Truths and a Lie, one of these stories, to provide some relief from my self-revelation, is not true. Two of these stories are true. Don’t read too far into it.
  • The Key to Empathy
    Brooke S.
    Young Changemakers
    Learn skills to be empathetic to use in creating your product or service. Be able to connect with your target market and empathize with them.
  • Open Eyes
    Molly D.
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    This raw and honest poem approaches the topic of empathy in light of recent world tragedies and relates one woman’s search for the insight and compassion to truly see the pain of others.
  • Empathy in Leadership
    Penny W. & Kristiaun C.
    Young Changemakers
    Empathy- the ability to tap into another person’s feelings because you have been in their position or can see it from the point of view.
  • Empathy
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    This month's theme highlights the entrepreneurial attribute of empathy.

Confidence

Confidence is another key attribute of the entrepreneurial and creative mindset. We believe having confidence requires daily practice and action. More specifically, the action of bringing our ideas to life, whether that is a business with a social mission, an artistic expression or a passion project, helps us recognize our own inherent power and self-worth. Seeing the value we bring to the world through the act of creating something we care about shifts the paradigm of how we view ourselves and in turn how society views us as well. However, one time experiences are not enough to forever fill us with confidence. Being a confident person requires the daily practice of creating, taking risks, going beyond our comfort zones, embracing failure, using our voice, and finding our strengths so that we learn who we are and become familiar with the type of circumstances in which we thrive. This month we encourage you to practice confidence each day and read the articles below by our inspiring group of contributors.

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Passion

Passion is more than a key attribute of the entrepreneurial and creative mindset; it is our life source. It is the fire in our belly driving us closer to our mission in life. It is the compass that directs us toward the unique impact we can make in the world. It is that jolt of euphoric energy that tingles down the backs of our arms when we lose ourselves in moments of flow. It is what moves us to persevere in pursuit of our goals despite fear, pain or sleepless nights. It pushes marathon runners past the finish line; it keeps artists sculpting, drawing, or performing; it drives entrepreneurs to work harder than ever before to bring visions into reality. Passion makes us come alive and operate with incredible focus and force in the direction of our goals. So, as young women with the opportunity to create change in the world, it is imperative that we reflect on our passions and commit to them. From there we can enact projects of purpose and spark the same inner fire in others around us.

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Collaboration

Collaboration is another key attribute of the entrepreneurial and creative mindset. Gone are the days of admiring a “lone genius” for the creation of new ideas, inventions, artwork or global solutions. We know now that multiple people are inherently involved in the creative process from sharing knowledge that prompts ideation to the implementation of a project. Research shows that teams faced with creative tasks repeatedly outperform individuals when the group is diverse and fostering an environment for creative confidence. See how you can find strength in numbers in the blog posts below.

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  • Moments of Magnitude
    Brenna L.
    Girls Who Create
    Young girls are often denied the ability to be leaders and creators and goddesses in their own right. It happens in the classroom, on the court or the field, on the stage, and in the home. By using the platform of changing friendships and small moments within a group, my hope was to create a piece that represented both the spiritual and personal natures of young women.
  • City Strength
    Hailey M.
    Girls Who Create
    The power of New York City doesn’t come from the towering skyscrapers or the endless attractions--it comes from the enormous pool of creative people that inhibit the city.
  • Kritika Cerreta: Making a Difference when Two become One
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    This month's interview is with tech entrepreneur, Kritika Cerreta. She is leveraging the collective power of wedding guests to fund world-changing projects through her unique website for wedding couples.
  • Together We Can Go Far!
    Penny W. & Kristiaun C.
    Young Changemakers
    Gem-N-Me is working hard to help young girls with their goals and feeling empowered. We want our girls to know that even though one girl can make a difference, an army of us can change the world. Strength in numbers is a collaborative effort.
  • Acceptance Speech
    Claire S.
    Girls Who Create
    Art may be oft created by a single person, but it is through the unknown collaboration of others that artists are inspired. Every passerby is a word and every conversation is a novel.
  • The Found Poetry of Life
    Molly D.
    Girls Who Create
    This personal essay describes how life can be viewed like “found poetry,” or the art of taking words found in other places and creating an original work from them. Everything we do is collaborative since we borrow and internalize so much from other people and experiences. We can find reassurance and strength in this knowledge.
  • 6 Tips for Girls Working in Groups
    Brooke S.
    Young Changemakers
    Brooke and Adelle offer their top 6 tips to working together as a group.
  • Dynamic Duos
    Emmy S
    Girls Who Create
    Collaboration is difficult and daunting but incredibly rewarding. These people listed below have used partnership and working together to become the successes they are today. So without further a-do, in no particular order, the top 10 female power duos.

Beyond Your Comfort Zone

It is through this attribute of the entrepreneurial mindset that we learn how to take risks, tolerate ambiguity and embrace failures as part of the creative process. This often creates a shift in the way we live our life where we feel more confident navigating unknown territory, painting off the edges of the canvas and boldly creating what we want to see in the world. Move beyond your comfort zone with us this month by exploring the following post from young changemakers, female entrepreneurs and talented creative girls.

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  • “What If”
    Penny W. & Kristiaun C.
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    Gem-N-Me was built by Penny and Kristiaun by being creative and courageous. This piece describes how going out of your comfort zone isn't always easy but the challenge is worth it.
  • Beyond Boundaries
    Hailey M.
    Girls Who Create
    This month, the contributors at Tigress challenge you to expand your horizons. Push the limits. Explore past boundaries. Therefore, I chose to share photos of my friends Hannah as her and I often like to go out of our comfort zone and explore the beautiful world around us. Even though it is different from the usual hanging out inside, we deeply enjoy being beyond boundaries. I hope these pictures inspire you to do the same!
  • Finding Where Your Comfort Zone Begins and Ends
    Katie K.
    Young Changemakers
    Our comfort zones are designed to be stretched, questioned, and challenged, but the only person who can do that is you. Let’s discover where our personal comfort zones begin and end, and then explore how we might strategically expand these boundaries over time!
  • A Study In Discomfort
    Claire S.
    Girls Who Create
    To write fiction on the premise of “breaking boundaries” is to walk the line between inspiring and saccharine all too precariously. Instead I wrote out of my own comfort zone, into genres I don’t explore and into a medium I am not familiar with. This was a pleasing challenge for me and I found my mind delighting in unraveling the challenges of sewing it all into a coherent piece. My poetry may have been abhorrent, my sense of the horror genre shallow, but in my success or failure, I have grown as a writer—even with one little story.
  • Manifesto in re Change
    Brenna L.
    Girls Who Create
    This piece is a stream of consciousness manifesto about the effects of both external and internal pressure on self-image. Lately I've been coming to terms with my own self-image and I constantly find myself struggling with who I want to be in comparison to who I think others want me to be. This piece follows how I find myself feeling - I begin with fear, under pressure from both myself and others. I struggle with expectations. But once I jump outside my comfort zone into the area where I can truly express myself, I find peace. Whether it's wearing bright blue lipstick, dyeing my hair, or voicing my potentially unpopular opinion, being true to myself is one of my priorities as both a writer and simply as a woman.
  • The Importance of Stepping out of the Comfort Zone
    Brooke S.
    Young Changemakers
    It is incredibly important to step out of your comfort zone. Although you may be scared and you don’t want to, it’s best to just jump in feet first so you don’t even have time to think about it.
  • Mary Verdi Fletcher; Changing the Depiction of Dance
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    This month's entrepreneur Mary Verdi Fletcher of the Dancing Wheels Company and School. She has created a company that has pushed people out of their comfort zones and made something beautiful and empowering.
  • How to Unbury a Heart
    Molly D.
    Girls Who Create
    Since the topic for the month is the world beyond our comfort zones, I decided to try something outside my own comfort zone for this poem. My poetry is usually very conventionally structured with typical lines of free verse. Playing with formatting opened up a new writing experience for me. Was it easy? Of course not. But growth always takes a little fight. That’s why it’s so rewarding. While you’re reading this poem, I hope you’ll think about the reasons you’re holding yourself back from your full potential. As the poem progresses from twilight to dawn, consider what the metaphorical process of self-burial looks like in your experience and remember that we all deserve more than a sleep-walking existence.
  • Mental Boundaries
    Emily F.
    Girls Who Create
    Stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is one of the most important things to do. Finding people that help you grow and open you up to the world will only help you succeed. So this month Emily did a portrait series featuring another young woman who has done that for her.
  • Looking Up, Feeling Down
    Carolyn Farling
    Girls Who Create
    This poem was inspired by the authors experience building rooftops on a mission trip. Follow each step of her journey up the ladder and out of her comfort zone.
  • Falling Forward
    Emmy S
    Girls Who Create
    Emmy S. shares a piece of fiction about a young women whose adventure begins as she goes out of the boundaries of her comfort zone, to a feeling she has never known. "Sometimes, something you have never done is all you need to do."
  • Surpassing the Mountains of the Comfort Zone
    Julia G.
    Young Changemakers
    A personal story about finding the edge of my comfort zone while amongst mountain tops and how holding on to the hands outstretched around you can turn the daunting step of making the leap out of your comfort zone into a beautiful pursuit.

 

Creativity and Innovation

Two of the most fundamental elements of the entrepreneurial mindset are creativity and innovation. In order to address world problems and produce creative solutions, we have to look at the world differently and imagine how it could be. In order to combine seemingly unrelated products or services to create something new, we have to open our minds and approach things with a fresh perspective. In order to generate ideas and innovations, we have to reframe problems as opportunities. Entrepreneurs rely heavily on their creative abilities in order to create something new. Explore how you can be more innovative and creative in the following post from young changemakers, female entrepreneurs and girls who create.

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  • The Innovation Trend
    Alexis S.
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    "Watch out world, we have a new generation of innovators." Lexi describes how innovation is everywhere, why it is important and 4 traits to be truly innovative.
  • Nicole McGee: Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle
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    This month's female entrepreneur interview is with Nicole McGee. She tells us how being an entrepreneur allows her to be creative and pursue her passions.
  • Flyleaf
    Claire S.
    Girls Who Create
    A man who writes manuals for printers attempts to spite his successful friend by claiming to be a writer and in the midst of a novel. The only problem is he hasn’t written a novel. Nor can he. You learn a lot about yourself throughout the creative process, but sometimes it's that you should be creating another thing entirely.
  • Unsilenced
    Molly D.
    Girls Who Create
    Has anyone ever attempted to silence your creative voice? This poem addresses the strength and mystery inside all of us and the perspective on the world that only you can offer.
  • Metamorphisis
    Gina P.
    Girls Who Create
    Through this painting, I decided to portray not innovation, but the approach towards it.
  • Innovation of Empowerment
    Emily F.
    Girls Who Create
    For my three part photo series I wanted to tell a short story of what the theme meant to me. As the series progresses the girl starts an inner revolution, the person or thing that is holding her down, she is now defeating and gaining empowerment and confidence.
  • Discover Your Gem
    Penny W. & Kristiaun C.
    Young Changemakers
    Gem-N-Me is an all-girls program in Cleveland, Ohio. It was developed to teach leadership and empowerment skills because there are a number of dynamics in our modern society which impede the progress of young girls and women of color.
  • Head In the Clouds
    Jayme I.
    Girls Who Create
    The creative process is often a broad concept. The creative process is used by almost everyone daily, yet the process is unique to each individual
  • The Art of Creativity
    Brooke S.
    Young Changemakers
    Has anyone ever told you to “be creative” or “think outside the box!”? These phrases could be spoken by teachers, bosses, colleagues, or even friends. When I hear these phrases I get thoroughly and utterly annoyed because what does it actually mean to be creative?
  • Letting Creativity Happen to You
    Katie K.
    Young Changemakers
    Creativity is consistently presented as a goal that we can physically accomplish; if we do x, y, and z, we will achieve creativity. But what if we flipped this assumption around? What if we instead asked, “How can I let creativity happen to me?"
  • The World In Your Hands
    Carolyn Farling
    Girls Who Create
    When an opportunity to create arises, the process from start to finish can feel like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together. The struggle is worth the reward in the end such as putting the final piece into a puzzle.
  • How to be a Writer in a Big City
    Brenna L.
    Girls Who Create
    This instructive piece of flash fiction follows a young writer through the course of her day. As she lives her life in the city, she finds small pieces of beauty in the nooks and crannies of New York. These blips are told to us by an anonymous narrator. However, as the story progresses, the intimacy between narrator and subject grows. Essentially, the writer is telling these things to herself. This piece reflects how in my own writing process, I try so hard to find beauty in the small, often mundane parts of life. I take joy in detailed descriptions and this piece makes use of that.
  • Innovation In the Sky
    Hailey M.
    Girls Who Create
    Innovation, this month’s focus topic, can be defined as change, alteration, and transformation. While many relate the idea of change to human actions and ideas, innovation can be found anywhere. I personally find the rising and setting of the sun an amazing example of innovation