My wonderful friend Erika–the inspiration behind the campaign I Believe She’s Amazing–BELIEVED in my daughters. She celebrated in all of their accomplishments-big and small. She was a source of joy, friendship and unconditional love.
She was the first person they called to share exciting news about school, dance or a new book. She “showed up” in their life any way she could, whenever she could…by phone, email and of course in person.
Her dedication to my children astonished me, and still does even as I write this. I am filled with emotion as I recall the beauty of our friendship and her commitment to my children, to be there for them and to share in the magical moments of their life. When she was in the same room as them, it was as if everything else stopped. She entered their world and played at their level – whether it was Barbie’s, Little Pet Shop or Webkinz.
She came to a few of their lessons each year, she never missed a birthday party, she even attended their dance recital just days after receiving a round of chemo-looking radiant and beautiful in white.
When I told Erika that Maddie was being bullied at school she immediately said, “Put Madison on the phone.” As Maddie held the phone to her ear, listening in silence, her face instantly turned from sad and scared to laughing and smiling. “Okay, okay,” Madison giggled into the phone. ”
What did she say that made you giggle?” I asked. She said, “Don’t pay attention to what one mean kid says-she’s got serious issues…remember I believe you are amazing…always remember that okay kiddo.” Those simple words lifted a veil of darkness for one eight-year-old girl. The next day after school, Erika showed up on our front porch. After hugging and kissing my children she asked Maddie if she had any new Pokeman cards (her favorite thing at the time). “Let’s go get some Madison-we’ll be right back you guys.” They returned about 30 minutes later, Maddie had new Pokeman cards along with a new carrying case for them, and little treats for Ava and Elle. Maddie was glowing, imbued with a renewed sense of confidence and joy, not because of the cards, but because of the valuable time and attention Erika had shown her. Erika used to tell her oncologist that these brief visits with my girls were her munchkin therapy. The truth is, her visits were great therapy for my girls just as much as they were for Erika.
I share this with you because there is power in believing in little girls. In reflecting back, it is clear to me that Erika was a mentor to my children. If you are lucky enough to end up with a friend that develops this type of bond with your children, you are all truly blessed. It’s kind of like buying your favorite product and discovering a FREE bonus pack attached-it’s a WIN-WIN for everyone!
That is the power and message of the campaign I Believe She’s Amazing…it is a reminder to recognize and acknowledge the amazing girls and women in your life. Let them know how you feel…send a note, make a phone call or share an inspiring song or video. The smallest act of kindest can make a world of difference in someone’s life.
Although Erika lost her battle with cancer last year, and we miss her terribly, she left a huge impact on our souls…she changed our lives forever. Her beautiful spirit continues to touch lives as we share I Believe She’s Amazing with people around the world, who help us “pay-it-forward.”
Share this video with all the amazing girls and women you know…it will lift their spirits and change their lives to know someone Believes they are amazing.
Never forget ONE person can make a difference in the world…that one person is YOU!
Inspired friend xo