“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Good ole’ Eleanor had it right. Without dreams, we’d be nowhere, but in truth, dreaming only gets us so far. You have to couple your dreams – whether it’s the beach house, a college education for the kids, a house, or a trip to Disney with some work. I am sure Mrs. Roosevelt was talking about the BIG dreams – world peace and all that, but it’s perfectly fine to have quiet, “ordinary” dreams. Sometimes just wishing for peace in your house or your neighborhood is peace enough. Dreaming of living in a better place often gives us the gumption to make it happen. Dreaming of a bigger, “better” life – whether it’s getting to be more financially sound, finding a new job, starting a business, loosing weight, or climbing a mountain might seem “small” in the context of world events, but all it takes is for you to start making your dreams into your future, one small, meaningful dream to you and then you will see you have the power to make change on a grander scale.
So pick one of your dreams for the future – a simple, “small” dream, or a big “out-there” dream and go for it – and tell us about it so we can be your cheering section…
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt was truly an inspirational figure in our history to all the women. This quote from her really reflects her life and achievements. She was the wife of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. F.D.R. suffered from paralysis and she was always there by his side during his presidency, giving him the strength, courage and the confidence to be the leader of the country. She was also known to be timid and shy, yet she had to be his voice and strength in front of the world and speak out on his behalf at times due to his condition. As the First Lady of the United States, she had to overcome her fears in order to make an impact and follow through with her dreams to make a difference.
During her years as the First Lady, it was an era that saw women without actual careers in the political realm. However, she was determined to change that as she continued her work and businesses. She was determined to change that for herself and take a different route. She was outspoken in her views and opinions regarding the African-American civil rights movement during the segregation. Eleanor was also involved in the feminist movement, working hard to enhance the working conditions for women across the country. All these were not a norm from women around the country at that time, but she accomplished what most thought was improbable.
Through her experiences she certainly gained more courage and with more courage she gained more strength to stand up for women around the world. I think what she is trying to say in the above quote is that you should never feel like you can’t do something. If you do then you should try to do just that and only then will you overcome your fear. That’s the only way you will gain the confidence to stand up for what you believe in. Nothing is stopping you from achieving your goal except your own fear.
Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884, in New York City. She passed away at the age of 78 on November 7, 1962. When she was 20 years of age, she got married to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who would later go on to become the President of the United States. Together they went on to have 5 children. Unfortunately, Franklin D. Roosevelt was struck with paralysis and lost the mobility of his legs. Eleanor served as the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. Eleanor, who was very shy and always behind the scenes, had to make public appearances on F.D.R.’s behalf in front of the world. I think that took some guts!
During her years as the First Lady of the United States, Eleanor supported the New Deal policies of her husband. In an era where women didn’t have much power or careers in the political world, she strived to spread her word and continue her work, which she had begun prior to becoming the First Lady. She had learned from watching her Aunt, Edith Roosevelt, who was the First Lady during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Her aunt faced strict rules and regulations. Eleanor wanted things to be different for her. She was the first female to hold weekly press conferences and she also started to write for a newspaper column. During F.D.R.’s presidency, she was very vocal in her support for the African-American civil rights movement. In 1940s, she was one of the co-founders of Freedom House and she also supported the assembly of the United Nations.
After the death of her husband in 1945, Eleanor continued to strive as an author, speaker, politician, and activist. She was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 and 1952. During her time in the UN, her committee approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. President Truman coined her with the title, the “First Lady of the World” for her achievements. She stayed active in politics for the remainder of her life, and is a true GirlMogul we can look up to today.
Hey Girl Moguls! It’s Poppy here, and with Earth Day coming up this month, I just wanted to share something cool with you about what Michelle Obama and the Obama girls are doing to go Green! Michelle Obama started the first White House “kitchen garden” since Eleanor Roosevelt and planted a bunch of healthy vegetables in it like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, onions, carrots and peas. This garden will grow food for the entire Obama family and everyone—Michelle, Sasha, Malia and even President Obama—will all help to care for it. Starting a garden is such a great thing to do; not only does it save money on food shopping, but it can be really relaxing to work on and is a great encouragement to eat healthy!
As most of you know, I grew up on a farm so I know a lot about gardening and taking care of plants. If you’re interested in starting your own garden, you don’t always have to start big—you can find a small plot of land in your backyard to begin or, if it’s too cold outside, start growing your plants indoors in plant pots! Wherever you start growing your plants, make sure it’s in a spot with lots of sunshine. There are two different ways you can start your garden: you can either grow them from seeds or from small plants called seedlings. Figure out what kind of vegetables you want to grow and what grows well in your area. Don’t be discouraged if your vegetables don’t grow right away—it takes time! Gardening and farming both require being really patient, so relax and let your plants enjoy the sun!
P.S. Even if you don’t want to grow your own vegetable garden, you can encourage your family to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. In addition to being fresher and tastier, buying locally grown food helps the environment since food doesn’t have to travel far and waste gas to get to you!