In this episode Jeanne is talking with Lara Blair about teenage girls and how to meet them right where they are, how to empower them and how to be intentional with our words and actions.
They also talk about how to make sure we are aware of their feelings during Covid-19 and how to engage with the girls in our lives during this difficult time.
On this episode Jeanne is talking with Lara Blair about teenage girls and how to meet them right where they are, how to empower them and how to be intentional with our words and actions. They also talk about how to make sure we are aware of their feelings during Covid-19 and how to engage with the girls in our lives during this difficult time.
Podcast 012 | Brave and True Girl with Lara Blair
On this episode, Jeanne interviews Lara Blair, photographer and creator and leader of Brave and True girl empowerment workshops.
1:47 “I realized I just absolutely adore working with girls, it’s so much fun. And I think it comes from my middle school experience.”
2:17 “I created a curriculum for these girls because I was recognizing a lot of the same issues in a lot of them, mostly anxiety and comparison trap and the goods that go with that…”
4:39 “Every area of my life has led me to here. We always have to remember that all the stops along the way aren’t for naught. They are things that lead you to where you’re supposed to be.”
8:39 “Middle school girls know the value of not being connected all the time, but they don’t know how to do it because there is fear of missing out.”
11:02 “The best way to support young girls in the day-to-day is listening, really, really listening, putting your own phone down, connecting with eyes and touching, hugging, holding them close…”
14:12 “For mom, I really firmly believe you’ve got to support and not tear down. And the same goes for you: not talking negatively about yourself, about your abilities and what you’re lacking…”
18:49 “During this time of shelter-in-place, I’m going to go back to what I said before: listening, asking how are your kids doing, what’s going on. And then just let it sit…”
20:41 “I always want to know people before I put my camera up between us because I just photograph better when I know somebody…”
27:02 “My ‘whys’ are: I love middle school kids, I love making stuff, I’m a connector, and I know the things I’m not good at, the things I need to delegate.”
28:50 “You do have to not be afraid to tap into the stuff you don’t think fits…”
34:11 “When you can teach somebody something, knowledge is power, and they make something they are proud of, that to me is the gold right there.”
36:10 “There is something that I always leave my Brave and True Girls with in a workshop and I think it’s kind of pertinent to what we are dealing with right now: ‘This, too, shall pass.’”
Lara Blair is a veteran middle school teacher and currently leads Brave & True girl empowerment workshops at her portrait studio in the Pacific Northwest and online. As a mother of grown daughters, it is clear there were many things she wish she’d known to be able to support them in their preteen years. While working as a 6th grade teacher and leading girls in her workshops, Lara began to learn straight from the source what preteen girls need. This led her to research with experts to gain answers to the “How do I help my girl navigate this time?” question and create curriculum, experiences, and products around this information. She equips parents to know how to help their daughters and arm girls with strategies to be happy, healthy and whole. All of the resources can be found online at BraveandTrueGirl.com. Portrait sessions are available in Lara’s Camas, WA studio right outside Portland, Oregon.