By: Courtney Giardina, Regular Contributor

This past weekend in America we celebrated Independence Day. Not only did this mean a lot of family time, fireworks and barbeques, but it also meant a time to celebrate our country and all we have become since that day on July 4, 1776.

So today, I want to carry on that celebration with all of you. I want to celebrate being THAT GIRL. There are times in our lives that we get turned around, or set out on the wrong path, and maybe forget where it is we are going or who it is we want to be. But all it takes is a little time and a simple reminder to get back on the right track and continue on being that awesome person we’ve grown to love and pride ourselves for.


I am a big fan of writing down what I like to call purpose statements. I don’t pull them out every day, but in moments when the wind has shifted my sails, I like to have these statements written down somewhere to pull out and reflect on. It helps me to adjust my course and start steering back in the right direction, reminding me of that girl I have become and that girl I strive every day to be.

What does a purpose statement look like? Well, here are mine!

  • Be that girl you’d be proud to have as your best friend
  • Be that girl you want your daughter to look up to
  • Be that girl who stands up for what she believes in
  • Be that girl who works hard for what she wants
  • Be that girl who stands up again after each time she falls
  • Be that girl who says what’s on her mind
  • Be that girl who isn’t afraid to show the world what she stands for
  • Be that girl who appreciates everything she has
  • Be that girl who proves to the world there is still good left in it
  • Be that girl who’s smile can turn anyone’s bad day around

I’d love to see what your purpose statements look like! So, no matter where you are today, let’s celebrate! Raise your hands and wave that imaginary flag of strength, empowerment, and inner beauty and show us that girl that you want to be!

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It never hurts to have positive reminders of who you are AND who you strive to be!

  • Take Courtney's challenge and write out your own purpose statements! Snap & share'em with us on social using #bethatgirl

About Courtney

cgiardina.jpgCourtney was born and raised in a suburb outside of Rochester, NY. She now calls Charlotte, NC home. Each day she lives by the motto that we create the life we imagine for ourselves. Her debut novel Tear Stained Beaches was released in 2013. Her sophomore novel, Holding on to Georgia will be released in October 2014. Having a passion for cheerleading most of her life, it’s no surprise her spare time is spent currently as the head coach for a local middle school team and also as part of the Charlotte Hounds Major League Lacrosse dance team. She tweets under @sweetangeleyz and shares her latest adventures at The Girl Behind the Covers.


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