REbeL takes passion and ignites it into every single person it comes into contact with. REbeL focuses on training kids how to love others, how to love themselves and their bodies FULLY, how to become leaders, how to prevent eating disorders through self-love and SOO much more. I have tried to think of the one MAIN thing that REbeL has taught me this summer and I keep getting frazzled because I can't narrow it down. There isn't just one thing, there are a MILLION things. I feel recharged after this summer. I feel more knowledgeable about eating disorders and body image and just how severe it is within our adolescent and worldly community. I feel encouraged because although this cycle is heartbreaking, these important issues (body image, self-esteem, bullying and the prevention of eating disorders) are being addressed. Elementary students, middle school students and high school students are getting the chance to be agents of positive change. They are learning to lead and learning to love. They are learning that no matter what expectations society throws at them, that they are worthy and that they are beautiful just the way they are. This encourages me. REbeL rocks. Most of all, out of everything, I feel motivated in a whole new way. Before REbeL I had knowledge from my past experience with an eating disorder but I didn't know what to do next. I felt kind of stuck. I knew I wanted to share my story and knew I was passionate about helping others, but I didn't know how or what that would look like. I was holding on to fear because I doubted myself and my ability to share. REbeL and the awesome people there shook. me. up. Holy cow. The four women (Jessica, Peggy, Laura and Laura) that led my summer at REbeL (and lead it 24/7) are fierce, confident, beautiful, inspiring, driven and strong women who believe in and are extremely passionate about spreading this valuable message (seriously they're rockstars). They are women I aspire to be like. They are leaders, they are lovers, and they are world changers. As simple as that. They taught me in 3 short months just how to do and be all of those things, and to be them fearlessly.
I could go into a complete description of each and every experience I have had this summer, all the people I have had the honor to meet, the knowledge I have gained or how special each and every single one of these people pictured and not pictured are to me and to this world in general. BUT, I am crying (a lot) right now because goodbyes are Satan's workshop and because these people take up so much room in my heart so I will just say this. I fully believe that REbeL has been created for a reason and all the people that are a part of it are a part of it for a reason. REbeL is a movement made up of world changers. It is changing lives now and will only continue to do so. It has a GENERATIONAL impact. Jesus has blessed me more than I could ever have imagined with allowing me to play the smallest part in this beautiful organization.