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Day Four: We Shine Infinitely

July 30, 2009

I am divinely timed and shining brightly
yes, I believe that there is a purpose just for me - Amy Steinberg

Once again the Mighty Girls arrived early to help with setting up camp. We chose a shady location to savor a bit of coolness before the sun shifted. They took turns hammering the stakes of the mighty tipi. My original vision was that I would have the camp set up prior to their arrival, but I am thrilled that they want to help. It's as if they understand that Mighty Girl Art belongs to them. They are indeed, Mighty Girls.

Today's topic was: managing worries and fears. Today's gift came from a talented writer and mama of uber twins, Shawn Fink. This mighty mama made the girls these sweet little flower power fairies. Shawn's message, "Go mighty girls, fly!"

The Mighty Girls were mighty delighted!

We went right to work in our journals, adding more layers before we began the Giving Tree exercise. The girls were instructed to paint a giving tree that would give them anything they felt they needed, like joy, strength etc.

Mighty V, whose sense of humor is as sharp as a tack, noted that in addition to the many lovely things her tree provides, it also gives her ticks.

When everyone was ready to let their journals rest, we moved on to the next exercise...worry boxes for which to empty our worries. This project is inspired by the worry dolls of Guatemala. It is said that worry dolls date back to Mayan traditions and according to the folklore, one gives their worries to the dolls so they can take the worries away. The worry box is a variation on the same theme.

The girls finished their projects faster than I had anticipated, so we decided that we should create some postcards to send anonymously to other girls.

Then in anticipation of our last day tomorrow, the girls took turns writing messages in each others journals.

Before we packed up, I instructed the girls to decorate the mysterious tags they have hidden at home from day one and upon them write the admirable qualities observed during their secret mission. They'll be presenting them tomorrow in an "I see you" ceremony.

Our favorite pizza joint, Flippin' Pizza, is throwing a pizza party tomorrow to honor the last day of Mighty Girl Art...Isn't that mighty AWESOME!!!


i need to be exactly where i am
i am divinely timed and shining brightly
yes i believe that there’s a purpose just for me
yes i believe that we are light
and we shine infinitely
- Amy Steinberg


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