"Upon writing Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the younger self I had completed my Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, my research was on Dances of the African Diaspora and Black Youth Empowerment. While in my research process I realized a lot of my students were in deep pain and complicated life situations concerning self-esteem, family issues and school. I would give my students advice and kept saying I wish someone would have told me this stuff… eventually I had my “AHA” moment and decided to create a tool that would help young girls develop a positive sense of self and a sense of determination for their success in life." Read more here https://medium.com/culture-chest/author-spotlight-big-words-to-little-mes-sakina-ibrahim-f27c35d6721d#.a34fcqn2z
Why do we work so hard to fit in?
We change so much about what makes us individuals so that we can blend in with the crowd, but if we thought about fitting in as it relates to our dreams, we would quickly realize that everyone who has done something great in the world did the opposite of fitting in. They believed in something outside of what was normal. Their faith and confidence in themselves is why we may know their names today.
Sometimes not fitting in can cause us to feel lonely, maybe we even get teased or bullied but it is important to be true to yourself, no matter what.
There is a quote by Daisaku Ikaeda says “Just as cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms all possess their own unique qualities, each person is unique. We cannot become someone else. The important thing is that we live true to ourselves and cause the great flower of our lives to blossom.”
So in what ways have you been cheating yourself from experiencing the greatness of who you really are? If you didn’t know it before, now you have permission to just be yourself.
NAACP Image Award Nominated Author, Performer and Educator Sakina Ibrahim, will be sharing an exhilarating presentation with the Harlem Arts Festivals Start with Art and Workshops. She will have an emphasis on Reflection, Self-Esteem and Personal Growth.
Ms. Ibrahim’s new book “Big Words to Little Me: Tips and advice for the younger self” is a must read and even though it can be a great read for just about anyone; mothers, daughters and sisters would greatly benefit from the passionate and sympathetic work to help young girls develop tools for building successful lives. The workshop will take place June 27 and 28 at the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library located at: 9 West 124th St. b/w 5th Ave and Mount Morris Park West New York, NY 10027, other events will take place on the festival park grounds in the Welcome Center.