Waiting for Cookies

Shannon writes about her hunch that anyone who is good at anything has to be comfortable with being awful at it, and you can’t wait for inspiration. You have to get to work, even if you’re living in a cookie-less world!

Inspiration is like cookies. It comes in batches. I don’t know why it works this way, but it does. I’m going along, when – bam – a photo, a book, a friend, a stranger, something gets under my skin and makes me want to pick up my pen. The world starts popping with creative energy, …

Ever since my daughter Winnie was born three years ago, I’ve been struggling with princesses. Well, with princesses and with all that seems to come along with them. The emphasis on beauty, the focus on being desired/getting married, the assertion that girls can’t (or wouldn’t want to) do the same things as boys. And, the …

This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, GWM brings you a sweet, quirky story about falling in love with life. Harold and Maude is my perfect movie. The humor is dark, the soundtrack is magnificent, it stars the ultimate Real Girl, and it has the power to shift the viewer’s perspective about big issues: life, …

Love the Girls

This essay was written by our very own Maryellen Vanderdeen. Maryellen is 13 years old, and she attended GLI Summer Camp last summer. We are proud of Maryellen for articulating her strong opinions, and for sharing them with all of us! Go, Maryellen!

What if we lived in a world where teenage girls didn’t obsess over their weight? What if teenage girls didn’t have to constantly count calories trying to fit the “normal” body image? Turn on the television or open a magazine and find many advertisements that use physical attractiveness as a way to sell a product; …

Reason #45 that college is better than high school: I get to be silly here! In the past, I’d come home from GLI every summer wishing that I could continue to play the silly theater games like WOOSH! and Bop every morning, because I had so much fun playing them. Outside of those games, I’ve …

I have a love/hate relationship with princesses. I love them out of nostalgia. As a child, my cousin, sister, friends, and I spent many afternoons at the public pool swimming around pretending to be mermaids. We were all Ariels – a legion of them – singing, undulating our “tails,” and whipping our long, wet hair …

So, what are you going to do after you graduate?” As a junior in college majoring in the liberal arts, this question plagues me on a weekly basis. By this point in my college career, I have a few standard responses. The hopeful: “I’m going to make cultural change.” The indignant: “I’m going to do …

The word “assertive” is thrown around a lot in the world. A lot of the time it’s associated with being dictator-like or forceful. Not that those characteristics are necessarily bad things, but it’s not quite how most people want to make a first impression. News flash: “Assertive (adjective) – Confidently aggressive or self-assured; direct in …

I’d like to announce a little project I’m doing. I will document my usage of various GLI tools within my everyday life. These tools include the famous 4-steps, I statements, and speaking and carrying myself with an overall sense of confidence. I’m going to start off with something simple: body language. People tend to dismiss …