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Thoughts on Falling In Love (With Your Big Dream)

Set aside all the clichès—the paper hearts, the chocolates, the flowers—and February 14th is really a day for celebrating the power & beauty of love. And the world could use a little bit more love right now, don't you think?

As a mom of two littles, I have yet to tackle the really hard conversations with my kids. But I've already been thinking about the kinds of things I want them to know about love:

  1. Just be yourself. Don't try to be something you're not to chase after love.
  2. Falling in love is easy, but it takes hard work to sustain & nourish that love every day.
  3. You often have to make a lot of mistakes before you find the right one for you.
  4. Love is a two-way street. If the relationship is not life-giving to both of you, it's ultimately not sustainable.
  5. You don't really understand what love means when you're a child, but that shouldn't stop you from exploring & discovering.
  6. Love expands you in surprising ways. No matter how much you love, there's still more room in your heart for more.

It occurs to me that every one of these bits of advice—be confident in yourself; put in the work; find something that brings you life—also applies to a child who is passionate about her Big Dream.

Like Reese, who understands that learning to code requires lots of trial & error and TONS of hard work.

Like Cat, who says with confidence "I’m not afraid to stick out. I'm comfortable being me."

Or Aleena, whose passion for business led her to start a conference for girls, by a girl.

When I started this business with my husband, I don't think either of us expected to fall in love with it quite so much. But the most amazing part has been meeting girls who are falling in love too.

They're falling in love with their gifts. They're discovering what they can do and what they have to offer. They're ready to grow and learn and change the world.

And they inspire me more than they'll ever know.

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