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 share 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.

 

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

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Lisbeth
Sep 10
Sep 10

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
Sep 14

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!

Lisbeth
Sep 14
Sep 14

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

Jill Langhus
Sep 11
Sep 11

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
Sep 14

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
yesterday
yesterday

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
Sep 11

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
Sep 14

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

Millynairi
Sep 15
Sep 15

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

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
Sep 14

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.

Anjana Vaidya
Sep 12
Sep 12

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
Sep 14

Thank you so much for the love Anjana!

Juliet Acom
Sep 14
Sep 14

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
Sep 14

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
Sep 14

Dear Laura
Keep it continue.
Anita