Adoption Made Me An Entrepreneur?

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Entrepreneurship has been art of my heart and soul since I was a kid.  It recently crossed my mind that maybe adoption prepared me for entrepreneurship in some way.  Maybe it prepared me for the adversity?  Maybe it gave me a hunger for doing things differently?  Maybe it made me more able to face rejection?

I thought about it a bit and shared my thoughts on America Adopts!  Check it out here.  Share with anyone you think might relate and please give me your thoughts!  Can being an adopted kid really influence your career choice?

And remember to support That Adopted Girl in creating self-worth empowerment events for girls in the foster care system by sharing on social media and making donations (100% of which go towards the organization) at thatadoptedgirl.com/donate.

All the best,

J

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That Adopted Girl Will Rise Again

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Let’s be real, running a non-profit organization takes a lot of work!  That Adopted Girl is powerful, but small as well. Really small.  Basically a founder, a few board members and any amount of volunteers they can get at any of the events. All of whom are passionate about empowering kids in the foster care system.  This past year we have been less active than the couple before because founder Juliana Whitney is an entrepreneur and has had to put a lot of energy into her income generating startups for a bit of time.  But That Adopted Girl has NOT been forgotten, and in the midst of building her two businesses, Juliana had an epiphany.

 

“That Adopted Girl, helping to empower girls in the foster care system, and creating exciting youth memories for them is so dear to my heart.  As an adoptee myself, knowing the amount to which I struggled with my self-worth and struggled with turning my wounds into wisdom, bringing some sense of guidance and celebration to the lives of these girls is paramount.   It is so deeply important on a moral and human level, but also on a societal and systemic level, that I sometimes am not quite sure how to really get the message across to people how much building up the self worth of these kids builds up the value of our society. On a level of supporting children in foster care it is important. On a level of women supporting women it is is important.

I have been feeling guilty because we haven’t been able to do as many events this year for the girls.  The truth is that 100% of all money we raise goes to the gifts and events for the girls, so I have to also be able to also build a livelihood with my businesses and that has really taken a lot of my time over the past year.  TAG is a small organization and we do events for about 20-50 girls at a time.  But, I cry every time because every time we do a self worth event and celebrate the lives and the potential of these girls…at least one of them says that it’s the best day of their life, and at least one wants to know when they will be able to be at a TAG event again.”  – Juliana Whitney, Founder

 

Amidst being questioned about why she would take the path of lean entrepreneurship, a questions she received even upon starting That Adopted Girl, she realized that being an adopted kid really prepared her for entrepreneurship.  Adoption prepared her for the hard times, for being questioned, for doing things off the beaten path.  Juliana connected with America Adopts and asked if she could do apiece to share this realization with their readers just in case anyoneout there might relate.  Read the piece here.

 

As for supporters, we appreciate your support immensely.  Your donations, your time, your social media shares, and everything else you do, all mean the world to a grassroots organization like That Adopted Girl.  There will be more events for the girls in the foster care system.  You are still helping make a direct impact on girls in the foster care system. The more you give, the more we can give.    Thank you so much for everything.  You are the all stars.  You change lives.  Legitimately, without you, nothing of the past few years would have been possible.

That Adopted Girl Events Update 2016/17

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WE WEREN’T THE BEST ABOUT UPDATING EVENTS ON THE WEBSITE LAST YEAR SO WE FIGURED WE WOULD PROVIDE A RECAP TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT WE WERE UP TO WITH THIS TINY BUT POWERFUL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION!

 

JANUARY – SWEET

Self-Worth Encourage Empower Thrive

20 girls

Started the morning with a self worth exercise (“shadow box”) where the girls made a collage of everything the show to the world on the outside of the box and everything they hide from the world on the inside of the box and we talked about why they hide what they hide, and what they could potentially gain and give by sharing their truth.

Next had mac make-up artists lead a tutorial and he gave amazing mac makeup gift bags.

We then had lunch catered by a local sandwich shop and headed to JM Hair Galleries for hair styling and positive life advice.

After the salon the girls headed to the Jeff Civillico family friendly show at the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.  It was a blast!

Finished the night off with family style dinner at Lindo Michoachan.

 

 

FEBRUARY – SELF LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY EVENT

25 girls

Italian family style dinner, dancing, roses, boxed chocolates, cupcakes and a presentation and conversation surrounding the importance of loving one self and knowing one’s worth.

 

MARCH – EASTER BASKETS

Hand crafted 26 Easter baskets for girls in the foster care system!

 

JULY – BIRTHDAY WINE FUNDRAISER

Being an adopted kid, Founder Juliana Whitney can get bit emotional on her birthday.  Instead of focusing too much on herself she wanted to use her day of adoption to help kids in the foster care system by turning her birthday celebration into a fundraiser.  Wine tasting fundraiser at Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits.

 

 

NOVEMBER HOLIDAY GIFTS

30 gift bags

Youth helping youth.  Gathered 30 high school students to build 30 holiday gift bags filled with candy, fuzzy socks, face masks, manicure kits, hair ties, and more.

 

JANUARY 2017 – RISING STRONG

Gave 25 copies of Brene Brown’s book “Rising Strong” to a girls group home.  Founder, Juliana Whitney’s birth mother told her that the book helped her feel “less guilty and ashamed” about giving Juliana up for adoption, so we thought the book might help heal some similar wounds for the girls.

 

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Why helping people is badass

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I founded That Adopted Girl in 2014.  If you don’t know about That Adopted Girl, it’s a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to inspire, empower and uplift kids in the foster care system, as well as to raise awareness about adoption and foster care in the United states.

Since founding That Adopted Girl I have been called sweet, cute, etc.  I understand that these classifications are coming from a good place.  But…these words make me cringe a little every time I hear them.  It takes everything in me not to show my discomfort through my facial expression.  If I don’t have much time to stay and chat I smile and say “thank you.”  If I do have time to stay and chat I smile and say, “No, I’m a badass.”

Helping people is badass.  It is what we should all be doing.  It is a hustle, it’s a grind and it helps society as a whole.  I’m not sweet.  I am determined to reduce human suffering and increase the amount of positive energy in this world.  Changing lives in a positive way is my passion.  Passion is power.

Helping humankind progress to be as powerful, strong and loving as possible is a PRIMARY human purpose.  #Alpha

Love always,

Juliana Whitney

Founder & President

That Adopted girl inc.

http://www.ThatAdoptedGirl.com