“This little girl is me” campaign

Passion is inspiring, isn’t it? Especially the quiet kind of passion shared by AggieSoon on Saturday. Her post touched me and I wanted to find out more about this campaign. Time I got involved.

My parents separated when I was 5. It had not been a happy household, but both parents continued to love me and provide whatever support they could, both emotional and physical. Still, I was a shy, awkward child, never easy in my own skin and most often with my nose in a book. Secretly I had my dreams. I loved to sing, and imagined that one day I might be able to hold an audience in the palm of my hand. I had neither the confidence nor the ability. As the years wore on that dream faded, but life was kind. My travel writing fulfilled some of my dreams. This world is made for sharing.

If I could say one thing to this little girl it would be this :

Don’t let anybody steal your dreams. There is a world full of possibilities out there, and one of them is for you.

Inspire the next generation of girls by sharing your photo and your story for International Day of the Girl 2021.


66 thoughts on ““This little girl is me” campaign

  1. HI Jo – what a great post
    I stumbled on this because while looking for your blog tonight, Manja’s post came up and that led me here. πŸ™‚
    I cannot join in now (and not sure how long this runs) but I sure did like what you shared – and your photo is so cute! awe…..


    • I had to come back here and read what I’d written, Yvette. Those old memory cells need new batteries. Confidence is a strange creature, isn’t it? Some days I can put it on like a coat and stride out into the world. Nobody knows any different. I look the same. But inside that little girl still feels the hurt of all those years ago. Thanks for your kind comments. I do still see, and like, ‘This little girl is me’ posts on Instagram.

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      • thanks for sharing that Jo
        and also thx for letting me know you still some of the “this little girl is me” posts – I have only seen yours and Manja’s and so it was new to me. -I will be on the lookout for some more.

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    • Shyness or self consciousness is a funny thing, isn’t it? Comes a stage in life when you know it’s no good hiding behind it, and other people have issues and stories to tell. Might as well just get in there! Says she, who’s just back from dragging new neighbours along on a 9km walk and lunch at the Indian in Sao Bras. Who’d be a neighbour of mine, hey?


  2. What a sweetie – you still are! I wonder if self-consciousness and book reading go hand in hand, whether it alerts us early on to different viewpoints or something like that.


  3. Goodness! I’ve missed so much! but I’ve found your new blog now. I checked in several times on your old blog but failed to see the link to this new one. Lots of catching up to do!

    I love this photo of you – and your message.


  4. I’m having internet problems but I’m so happy that I caught this post in time to post mine. Passion certainly is inspiring, and I love your smile so much. πŸ™‚ This world is made for sharing, as you say! Thank you so much!

    I’m not sure where to leave my link, since I’m not on Instagram, so I’m leaving it here. I hope this is okay.

    This little girl is me


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  6. Oh my! What a charming little girl you were. I see a bit of imp behind the shy bit.
    ​Isn’t it wonderful that you’ve reached your goal holding your WP audience in the palm of your hand?​ I believe that dreams really can come true if we let them. What a heartfelt post and idea. πŸ₯° I am actually utterly tempted to do something like this, but I’m completely immersed in putting together more of the Canadian trip…

    But it looks like part of your audience has already spoken my thoughts ahead of me…
    I’ve very much enjoyed what you’ve posted here (but where’s the cake! just kidding πŸ˜‰) Have you ever noticed how many introverts (aka shy people) have blogs? Or perhaps we’re just drawn to those?


    • One of those things that keeps us clinging to blogs, Gunta, is the meeting of minds and sharing that we wouldn’t do if we passed each other in the street. We’d do just that. Walk on by! But the comfort, encouragement and support that we all have for one another is precious beyond words. Thanks for being part of that. And we do keep eating cake! Yesterday, a ravishing raspberry tart and tiramisu. Mine didn’t look as good as it tasted and his was gone before I could raise the camera. Next time…honestly!


      • I know it is a cliche, but ‘life is short’. We need to look for the good in every day as we will never have that day again. It may only be something small – a beautiful flower, the way the light falls through the trees – but to me, that equates to a special life. Have a happy day. x

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  7. Such a sweet post Jo. I was a shy child myself. It’s funny but I don’t really recall any big dreams that I had. Having only known you these past years I can say you have broadened and brightened my world a great deal with your travel writing. XO


  8. oh i love this Jo! for me, this little girl is the most caring and generous in sharing her gifts. not singing perhaps but her amazing world and travel experiences through her blogs! you are simply beautiful then and now; in and out! hugs πŸ’–


  9. What a beautiful post Jo. I relate so much to being the shy awkward child. People scared me. Look how far we’ve come! Life is meant for living, and from beginnings that were scary, and a bit overwhelming we sure figured out how to do that.
    Alison xo πŸ’•


    • Oh, bless! I’m not really a campaigner either but this one kind of nudged me πŸ€—πŸ’• Speaking of nudges, did you see my Monday walk up at Ilkley? It was posted out of sequence for some reason. You know I need to feel the love. πŸ€—πŸ’•

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  10. Said by Edgar Allan Poe: “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night” – said by me: “Guesses living without dreams can’t be healthy – dreams are an essential motivation” πŸ™‚


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