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From 16 yr old Ashley Monroe: My Message to Everyone at My School: ‘You’re Beautiful’

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I recently saw this AMAZING post of a young woman who is making a difference in her school by simply using Sticky Notes and a wonderfully positive message…see orginal post here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ashley-monroe/my-message-to-everyone-at_b_2563941.html

From Ashley Monroe.
16-year-old from Massachusetts

This is a picture of something I did at my school last year. I wrote out 1,986 sticky notes. Each said, “You’re beautiful,” and I stuck one to every locker in my entire school.
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It was almost unbearable to listen people put themselves down every day. They would say things like, “I’m ugly” or “No one likes me.” To me, that wasn’t the truth. For at least one day, I wanted everyone to know that someone thought they were beautiful.

It took me over 6 hours to write all of the notes, and an hour to stick them with the help of one other friend. It wasn’t my original plan to tell people that I had done it, but word got out after I had been called to the Dean’s office. They found me through the school’s video surveillance system.

After being sat down in the office and explaining everything that had happened, there was talk of a possible 3-day suspension from school. When I went back to my classroom, my teacher asked me what they said, and I told her. This is how the rest of the students found out. Throughout the entire day word of the possible suspension circulated, and a group of students came together and formed a petition. They passed the petition around school.

In the end, it had over 600 signatures, from both students AND faculty.

It amazed me that people would do that for me. For one day, I truly felt beautiful. And for one day, I managed to make every other kid in my school feel beautiful, as well.

A few days later, after the incident was not as new, a complete stranger approached me. What she said to me was shocking.

“That day, I was planning on killing myself. I had given up completely on society, but because of you I didn’t. You gave me hope. Thank you.”

What’s more amazing than that is the fact that today she has become one of my best friends.

Thank you Ashley for being a leader in your school and for changing the lives of many.
You are the epitome of a “Stand Up And Lead” Leader.
Much Love,
Shay

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Post a note, take a picture, and e-mail your story to StandUpAndLeadNote@gmail.com. Each note goes up on the site for thousands of others to read and enjoy! :) Be one to make a change in the world… it starts with YOU!

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Monday Notes – April 16, 2012

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” Accept yourself so you can expect more from yourself.” – Gretchen Robin, writer, The Happiness Project

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Monday Notes – March 19, 2012

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” Be willing to be the lone voice, believe in the Power of One. Never decide change is impossible. Improbable is not the same thing as impossible.” – Caroline Aaron,  Actress, Writer

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don't allow insecurity or indecisiveness to hold you back

Wednesday Notes – March 14, 2012

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“The only courage you ever need is the courage to live your heart’s desire.” – Oprah Winfrey, Chairman, Harpo, Inc. 2010 Minerva Award Recipient

 

This note so speaks to me. I have noticed in my life when I am indecisive and insecure I am stuck, I am unable to move forward, everything seems like it is in slow motion and frankly, it sucks! Even with a background and degree in Psychology and all my work in personal development, I am still human and still get stuck. However I have noticed that the more I work on the “Mind Chatter” the easier it is for me to be aware when it is starting to occur and the faster I am able to stop being stuck and indecisive. I remember hearing one time that “Whether you decide to make a decision or hold off…it is still a decision.” Wow! Anyone else ever “put things off” so you can decide later? When I heard that I had a “light bulb moment” or as Oprah would say “an Ah-ha moment”. So now I Choose to make a decision when it arises right then and there because procrastinating will only make matters worse. Trust me, when you do make the decision, especially if it is a tough one, you will feel so much better after you choose and move forward.
What types of decisions have you made recently that after you made the decision felt like a weight was lifted off your shoulders?

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Ah yes, Opportunities. They are all around us but you could be asking yourself and abundance of what kind of opportunities? Opportunites could be for work, business, your heart’s desire, an opportunity to give back to the community, to add value to someone’s life via a smile or simple “Hi”. It depends on what you are “LOOKING” for.

What we focus on expands, thus if your focus is on lack and fear you will find an abundance of such. On the flip side if your focus is on wealth, abundance, love, faith, trust, business opportunities, then that is what you shall find.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say you are looking to buy a new car…perhaps a Black BMW. You look them up online, find the make and model you like, save a picture of it on your computer and go on with the rest of your evening. The next day you are driving to work and what do you see? A Black BMW! Cool! You get to work and in the parking lot…there is another one! Lunch break in the staff room and you over hear someone speaking about the BMW commercial they just saw. Coincidence? Perhaps, but most likely it is because your focus changed. Yesterday you could care less, today you are so excited about possibly buying a new Black BMW and you start to see the abundance of opportunities around you to see them.

The abundance is there, the question is…will you go after it?

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we are here for 90-100 years at most. during that time we must try to do something good, useful, with our life and those around us

Wednesday Notes – March 7, 2012

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“Be utterly, totally, bravely truthful and true to yourself.” – Campbell Brown, Anchor

 

What have you done or accomplished thus far that you are SUPER proud of?

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Opportunities are everywhere, the question is…are your eyes open to seeing them?

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you make me smile

Monday Notes – March 5, 2012

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“You know those goals you’ve set for yourself, those dreams you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to live out? It’s Time.” – Maria Shriver, said while was First Lady of CA

 

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I once heard that the “Power of the “I Am”, is that you already are.” So since you already are, why not achieve it?
Heck it is better than believing the alternative, right?
Remember we are assisting in changing our thinking to that of possibility vs problem.
My challenge to you is to say the below sentence (from the sticky note) to yourself for 2 weeks, just 14 days and let me know your experiences StandUpAndLeadNote@gmail.com

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never give up on something you know you were born to do

Sunday Notes – March 4, 2012

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“The richness of your experiences throughout the years makes you who you are as an individual.” -Maria Elena Salinas, Univision News Anchor

 

No matter what anyone else around you says, if you have a gut feeling, a intuition, to do something then you must do it. Your gut will never steer you astray.

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I LOVE this one! It was posted in the Teacher’s only restroom of a community college. So fitting, don’t you agree?!

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smiling is contagious, pass it on.

Thursday Notes – March 1, 2012

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“When playing with the “boys”, totally be a girl. Feminine attributes of intuition, flexibility and being a nurturer are winning business traits over ego and brawn.” – Sonia Alleyne, Editorial Director, Black Enterprise

 

This is a follow up Note to one that was posted a few weeks ago. The note is still hanging in the same section of the post office and it even received a nice reply from “M.H.” Thank you “M.H.” we hope this made your day as I know it made mine when I saw your response. :-) Keep Smiling everyone!

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LOVED this note we got from a local fabric store under a “Discover” sign. Great placement! Now who is it you Honor as a Person Inspires you?

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hi hope you are enjoying your flight

Saturday Notes – February 25, 2012

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“Don’t allow yourself to be defined by anyone. Be your own person and be proud of who you are.” – Lisa Ling, Journalist

 

Love how Stand Up And Lead is on the move on land and in the air!

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Friday Notes – February 17, 2012

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“Getting older doesn’t mean you forfeit all the other ages you’ve been. If I were to die today, it would be wrong to say I lost my life, for I have lived one.” – Linda Ellerbee,
TV Producer, Journalist, Best-Selling Author.

 

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