~ I want them to make mistakes and learn from them and do even better, not let the mistakes take them down. I want them to be a good friend, first to themselves and then to others. I want them to make beautiful things because they all can. I want for them to use their exquisite energy and not be afraid of being judged for using it. I want them to not feel shamed about who they are and what they do or how they feel. I want their goodness to be deeply felt inside of them. I want them to trust their gut and to make good decisions based on those gut feelings. I want them to feel good about themselves for themselves. I want them to know that they are loveable, even if they mess up sometimes. ​

~ I want them to be confident and to feel good about who they are. I want for them to be able to work through issues without blaming themselves. I want them to see themselves for who they are, not for what might have been put on them from the outside. I want them to love themselves and not be afraid to show it. I want them to kick ass and change the world, each in their own special, unique kick ass way. I want them to be proud of who they are. I want them to be curious about themselves and by extension to be curious about the bigger world.

~ I want them to know that sometimes even if they do bad things that they are not bad people and not to get mired in what they’ve done wrong. I want them to be resilient. I want for them to enjoy their own selves. I want them to sleep well at night. I want them to make good choices about their bodies and to know that their bodies are theirs and that they decide what to do with them. I want them to know that it’s good to be responsible for themselves, that it gives them their own power and choices. I want for them not to be victims or to feel victimized or powerless. 

~ I want them to take the reins and run with them. I want them to believe in their good ideas and to know that compromise is good sometimes, that it’s not a sign of weakness. I want them to be gracious. I want them to notice beauty, and that if you look hard enough you can almost always find some. I want them to feel grounded and powerful and to have that power readily accessible. I want them to love their mothers because they really are doing the best that they can. I want them to speak their minds and to listen to others respectfully, even if they don’t agree with what the other is saying. I want them to love their lives, even the messy stuff.


What I Want For These Precious Teenage Girls: