By Emily Greener, IATG Co-Founder
I learn more every day about why I’m a part of I AM THAT GIRL. They say “we teach best what we most need to learn” and that couldn’t be truer for me. When Alexis Jones first asked me to join her to launch IATG, there was something that lit up inside of me that I couldn’t explain, something that was so powerful I completely walked away from my life-long dream of becoming an actress. After years of doing this life-changing work, I realized that something deep inside of me needed I AM THAT GIRL as much as every other girl.
I’ve spent a lot of my life being everything to everyone else.
I tell you it’s okay to not be okay, yet I’ve been “okay” most of my life. I tell you that your honesty and vulnerability are beautiful, yet I have a hard time letting anyone see me cry. I’ve spent a lot of my life being everything to everyone else. I thought people only liked me because I’m a light, happy, optimistic person and somewhere along the way I convinced myself that if I wasn’t those things, then no one would want to be around me. So I never let myself feel afraid or admit my insecurities.
The truth is, I’m terrified to see the fears I’ve been hiding from myself. I'm scared I won’t like the version of me I see when I bravely look at ALL of me - the light and the shadows. I believe with my entire being what I say to all of you, but then I try to convince myself that it’s okay for everyone else to be vulnerable and that I have to "keep it all together."
This falling-in-love-with-myself business is a lifelong journey that continues to challenge and amaze me every day.
This falling-in-love-with-myself business is a lifelong journey that continues to challenge and amaze me every day. It means loving the parts of myself I never knew existed and accepting the parts of myself I used to judge. It’s hard work, and it takes more courage than I knew I had.
So when I say we are all in this together, I can’t tell you how much I mean it. No matter how someone appears on the outside, we never know what’s going on inside. Every single one of us needs to belong to a community where we can feel seen, heard, and accepted for exactly who we are in any given moment.
Something big is happening for our community. We’ve been nominated for a DVF Award. It’s a HUGE honor that really shows how far we’ve come. Winning means a $50,000 donation to IATG and the opportunity to meet legendary ladies who can help us reach thousands of girls. All we have to do get the most votes. WIN WITH US, it only takes 10 seconds. We owe it to ourselves, and each other, to do everything in our power to share I AM THAT GIRL with the entire world.