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Mentoring Girls
By livdooley / November 1, 2018

Confidence!

Do you remember her? Do you remember the little girl who enjoyed the freedom to choose her clothes for the first time? She didn’t care about what anyone else thought. She wrapped herself in polka dots and stripes without pausing to consider the color scheme. She grabbed the tutu and and everyone’s attention as she pirouetted with a cape twirling around her. She made us laugh and squeal with delight at the smallest things and every now and then we remember her, but somewhere along the way, we lost her. It’s time to stop comparing ourselves to our friends through social media and trading our confidence in for likes.

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Mentoring Girls, Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / October 12, 2018

Social Media Secrets Unlocked

It’s fall and cuffing season has officially begun. It reminds us that even though the swimsuit-wearing-yacht-sailing-exotic-vacation-season is over, the images that project competition into our lives are not. I have talked to a few incredible teens lately who have had amazing insight into the world of social media and how to guard our hearts from the effects of it which inspired the three secrets about social media I want to share with you. Let’s get into it!

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Ministry
By livdooley / September 26, 2018

Worship Beyond Your Worries

How much time have you spent worrying about things that you can’t change lately? There will always be insecurities that we have to answer for and questions that confuse us, but neither of those get the power to dictate how we choose to respond. I’ve shared five tips to help you worship beyond the worry. Let’s talk…

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Mentoring Girls, Ministry, Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / August 17, 2018

Necessary Endings

Are there any endings that you need to lead within your life? Are your relationships everything you’ve ever wanted them to be? Growth can be scary, but the alternative is scarier. Transition is a part of life, and there are some endings that are necessary. Let’s talk about it.

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Socialization over Social Media: Tips to Encourage Healthy Interactions for Your Teen

Let’s face it.Social media has changed our world. For. Ever. Still, there are a few activities that we need to make sure we take along with us in the future, regardless of what other progressions we make. One of those is networking. Read the blog to find a few suggestions about how to encourage networking at an early age.

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Mentoring Girls, Ministry
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Dare to Dream: Defying the Rules, the Peer Pressure, and the Bullies

When we teach girls to trust their own creativity, boldness, and intuition, we teach them to defy the rules, the bullies, and the peer pressure at a deeper level. Limiting beliefs are hard to break, but the earlier we catch them, the more we can help our little sisters, our daughters, and our mentees to achieve.

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Entrepreneur Life
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Why I Love Working with Women (and Girls)

It’s Women’s Herstory Month, and it’s time to address those thoughts that so many women share when they state, “I don’t like girls,” and, “I can’t stand being around females.” I’m here to tackle that mindset by reminding you of how amazing we really are! When we begin to reflect on the power in our potential, we’re more willing to engage so let’s chat.

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Leading Like Yara: Influence, Activism, and Extracurriculars

As Black History Month comes to a close, I have to admit I’m hopeful about the future, especially with leaders like Yara Shahidi sharing the importance of the vote, and I’m grateful for the young leaders I know who are doing what they can. As mentors and parents, we can learn a lot from the way Yara was raised to influence the young people in our lives. After all, she didn’t get into Harvard, based on her acting skills, as great as they are. How are you encouraging others to influence the world? Let’s look at a few steps we can use today.

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Making History Like Marley: Rethinking Creativity and Possibility

It’s Black History Month, one of my favorite months of the year, and this year I’m thinking about those who are changing the course of history in front of our eyes! Have you heard of Marley? The founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks Movement, youngest person to be named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, newest editor for Elle with an ezine of her own? We can learn a lot from Marley, so let’s talk a few tips that you can use with your own daughter or mentee which I’ve learned from watching this young leader from afar!

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Maximizing Mentor Relationships: 3 Myths to Debunk about Mentors

Tweens and teens have a variety of mentors available to them in teachers, coaches, youth leaders, and older siblings, but in order to maximize those relationships and make the most out of them, you have to help them monitor the relationships! Let’s talk about 3 myths that may keep your daughter from maximizing her relationship with her mentor.

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Mentoring Girls
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

5 Reasons Why Your Daughter Needs a Mentor

Does your daughter have someone she can talk to? Someone you trust to give her sound advice? Someone she believes cares about her? Someone she doesn’t mind opening up to? If so, excellent! If for some reason, your answer was no, I’d like to persuade you to help her identify a mentor quickly. Why does she need your help? She may need your help because she doesn’t recognize the value, see the need, or feel bold enough to initiate the relationship. Is this something you’ve modeled? Do you have a mentor or do you mentor someone (other than your own children) that she knows about?

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Mentoring Girls, Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Holiday Break 101: Do Bonding and Books Go Together?

The holidays are here! I hope you’re as excited as I am, but just in case you’re wondering about how to spend your time with your daughter and thinking of ideas, I’ve got one…or four…for you!

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Mentoring Girls, Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Light Bonding & Hard Conversations: Lessons You Can Learn in the Kitchen

The kitchen was one of the many places my grandma used to teach me life lessons, and I think it was one of the easiest for me to process the info because it gave me something to focus my attention on when I became uncomfortable with the subject matter. I developed anorexia when I was fifteen, a time when I found myself eating fast food more and more and spending less time in the kitchen. You might be surprised by what you find out about your teen when you begin cooking together! Read the entire blog to find more suggestions…

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 28, 2018

Start With Why: Encourage Responsible Problem Solving

Growing up, I butted heads with my mom a lot. I didn’t recognize that she was a safe place to find comfort and help me problem solve. All that has changed now, thank God, but it was a way of life when I was growing up and it’s my goal to help someone.

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

Throw Away the Routine

I am all for routine. As a teacher, I’ve learned how much children need consistency. Consistent routines help kids and teens -even adults- feel comfortable. Consistent routines help us to feel a sense of control, as if everything isn’t falling down around us. Every now and then though, we need to break with consistency-especially with a week as many of us have had. Whether you have experienced a recent tragedy or know someone who has, don’t be afraid to throw away the routine!

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