She is the Universe / Stories of girls told by girls

sheistheuniverse
Posted September 10, 2019 from Dominican Republic
She is the Universe / Stories of girls told by girls

My name is Laura Peña, and I am originally from the Dominican Republic. 

I deeply believe that girls are the future, so last year I decided to put my entire life on pause to go on a journey around the world to capture and tell the stories of teenage girls. I created a docuseries and called it "She is the Universe".

After asking myself "what brakes your heart, Laura?", I realized that seeing girls not being able to see their own value is what brakes my heart. Growing up I didn't see my own value. I thought that what I had to say was not important. But deep down I knew there was something I came here to do, and that my passion for storytelling was a clue about what that was. I believe we all have a gift inside of us, but so many never get to see it, let along sharing that with the world. So I made it my mission to go in person to each one of these girls, in remote places like the Amazon jungle, the mountains of Colombia, Iceland, the Dominican Republic and tell them myself.

I am on a quest to capture and share the stories, dreams, hopes, struggles and triumphs of 111 teenage girls of all shapes, sizes, colors, languages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. I have interviewed 51 girls so far and their stories are incredible. I have been spreading their stories and the messages they have for the world online and offline.

My ultimate goal is to not only offer their unfiltered stories, but also create a place for them to see themselves in others and find a sense of community, mentorship, and possibility.

This is my calling, and I think my 13-year-old self would be proud of me for following my heart and in turn opening the hearts of so many others.

To view all of the released stories go to:

http://www.sheistheuniverse.org/

https://www.instagram.com/sheistheuniverseproject

 

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Wusufor
Sep 10, 2019
Sep 10, 2019

Dear Laura,
You are welcome to this our wonderful sisterhood platform. Here it's all about girls and women, isn't that so amazing!

A big congrats on your first story with your amazing ideas. I will look forward to reading more about your future findings. Pls how old do you say you are?
Have a great Wednesday!
Lizzy

sheistheuniverse
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Dear Lisbeth,
Thank you so much for this beautiful message! I am loving this space!
I am 39 years old. And just found this passion in the past 5 years, so I am more like 5 years old. I became alive once I started to do this work with girls!

Wusufor
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Haha now I got you. Yes here every thing is cool. Have a great weekend.

Jill Langhus
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

Hi Laura,

Welcome to World Pulse! Wow! I'm so impressed with your calling and docuseries. I love your videos. You're so talented!

You are right... everyone of us has one, or maybe two main gifts, and so many gifts to offer the world.

Out of curiosity, what is the significance of 111 girls?

That's a great goal. What feedback have you gotten so far from the girls you have highlighted? I would imagine most of them feel this way.

Yes, I think so:-)

Looking forward to seeing more posts from you...

sheistheuniverse
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Hi Jill!
Thank you so much! This is something I was born to do and I am so glad I went against everything and everyone that told me that this was a waste of time.
I love numbers and a few years ago I started to see the number 111 everywhere. So I take it as a good sign! And then I read about it and it seems to be a number of angels with connection to following your life purpose. So I thought it was perfect!
The girls are so different and yet have some of the same issues and need the same things. One of them is support. SUPPORT!!! It makes my heart melt to be able to offer that in the way I know best, telling their stories and supporting them in using their voices to inspire others.

Jill Langhus
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 16, 2019

Hi Laura:-)

You're very welcome, dear:-) Exactly. I am, too! It almost seems like when more people say something is a waste of time that it's a red flag for people to take notice that it's something worth doing.

Oh, yes, on 111:-) It is a good sign!

Yes, I can imagine they need support. Yes, you are. What a gift:-)

Looking forward to seeing where this project/initiative takes you.

Hope you have a great week!

Millynairi
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

Awesome Laura! Putting your life on pause to capture stories about teenage girls. You did great! I like your post and passion Laura.

sheistheuniverse
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Thank you so much Millynairi! I am loving this platform more and more! I am feeling at home.

Millynairi
Sep 15, 2019
Sep 15, 2019

Hope as you think of coming to Africa, Kenya is in your mind too.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 12, 2019

Hello, Laura,

I am impressed with how you began pursuing your passion by simply asking yourself what breaks your heart. Congratulations! You're halfway to your goal. For the rest of the 50 girls, will you be traveling to the different parts of the world to capture girls' stories from Asia, Australia, and America?

Please continue to update us with your passion project. Thank you for being so wonderful and creative in raising the girls' voices. :)

sheistheuniverse
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Hi karen,
Thank you so much!
I am in America until the end of October and then I am going to Australia and Asia next. And hopefully next year I am going to Africa.
I will continue sharing here for sure. I feel like I found home.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

You're welcome, dear.

Oh wow, that is so awesome! :) You rock, dear. :) You are the universe! I wonder how you found out about World Pulse?

Hope you have a great day!

ANJ ANA
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 12, 2019

Congratulations dear Laura,
It's so powerful... It's so amazing.....Your quest makes me too think too deeply. Well-done.
keep updating and posting, want to hear you more and more
best regards,
Anjana

sheistheuniverse
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Thank you so much for the love Anjana!

Juliet Acom
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Hi Laura,

This is very inspirational,
What you are setting out to do will touch the lives of many and take you places.
This is a great vision and wiah you the very best as you embark on it!

sheistheuniverse
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Thank you so much Juliet! I set out to touch their lives but it has deeply touched my life and my heart in ways that words could never capture.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Dear Laura
Keep it continue.
Anita

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019

Dear Laura,
"She is the Universe". What a wonderful quest and what wonderful work you have already accomplished. Is there a way to see some of these videos? I am sure you have left many girls feeling forever empowered. .

chimdirimebere
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Laura dear,
You are simply amazing! Thanking you for being the voice of so many girls. I hope you would one day publish their beautiful and unique stories.

Keep it up and i wish you journey mercies as you travel.

Harriet Chimdirimebere