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Tips for Building Life of Self-love for Young Girls

Updated on February 25, 2016

The Blueprint for My Girls - Book Review

Building Self-Esteem

I began reading this book in my 20's and now I share it with my daughters. Even occasionally I still read; "The Blueprint for My Girls," by Yasmin Shiraz. The words in the book are: encouraging, teaches self-love, self-respect, courage, boldness, and other necessary self-building traits for: girls, teenagers, young women, and even middle aged women. Each page in this book contains; Expression #, title, advice, and the writer's testimony.

The Expressions in this book starts at number 1-99, and there is an index at the back of the book, with a helpful quick way to find the exact word you're searching. I will share with you a few Expression numbers from this empowering book, starting with;

Expression 61

Understand the need for respect.

Many people misunderstand respect. Some think it is bowing down to others. That's why so many have problems giving folks deference. Respect is knowing someone's contributions and acknowledging them. It's appreciation for the road that someone else built so that we may travel. Respect, like reverence, is identifying with the building blocks of a situation and paying homage to their existence.

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Building Self Esteem for Young Girls - Book Review
Building Self Esteem for Young Girls - Book Review

How to Find Self-love

Expression 65

Make the best use of your time.

I might not have as much time as you to make it to the finish line, but as fast as I'm going, I'll get there just the same. Sometimes when I think about people whose lives have ended while they were in their prime, I feel like crying. Often, I get fed up because I know they could have done more if they had had more time. As sad as I become about people who have lost their lives in their twenties, thirties, or forties, I should be equally saddened by the people who live their nineties yet do not accomplish what they have dreamed.

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Expression 94

Be happy about something in your life.

There is always something that you can be cheerful about. People may go through life being unhappy because they didn't get the job that they wanted, all the while forgetting that there are men and women who are unemployed. Some go through life being miserable because their hair isn't long enough, forgetting that others suffer through illnesses that make them completely bald. There are so many aspects of living, and for all the things that make us sorrowful, surely there is one thing that we can be joyous about.

The Blueprint for My Girls," by Yasmin Shiraz
The Blueprint for My Girls," by Yasmin Shiraz

Teenage Self Esteem

About the Author

Yasmin Shiraz

Have you ever wished that someone had told you ahead of time how a problem could be avoided? Do you feel no one understands where you're coming from? Now there's a blueprint that can offer you comfort, motivation, and real solutions. "The Blueprint for my Girls" by Yasmin Shiraz.

When Yasmin Shiraz begin to publish Mad Rhythms, a hip-hop magazine aimed at college students, she visited youth organizations and colleges across the country to teach young people now to effectively pursue their dreams.

Drawn to Yasmin's confidence and determination, young women in particular sought her opinion on topics such as:

  • Body image
  • Popularity
  • Dating
  • Sexuality
  • Social
  • Child-parent relationships
  • Academic pressures.

Yasmin could easily speak to those issues. She struggled with many of the same concerns when she was younger.

Inspired by the common dots connecting each generation, Yasmin developed The Blueprint for My Girls to help young women discover who they are, develop a sense of self, and stay positive. In the book, Yasmin pairs her personal stories with 99 "expressions" designed to help readers deal with situations they may not feel comfortable discussing with friends and family. Each expression is accompanied by exercises to help readers progress on their journey.

Staying real without being preachy, The Blueprint for My Girls will be a solution giver, a problem solver, and a friend in need for generations to come.

Yasmin Shiraz is the former publisher of Mad Rhythms magazine. She is also the founder of College Entertainment, Inc., and president of The Signals Agency. Yasmin Shiraz resides in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

How to Find Self-love
How to Find Self-love

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      7 years ago from Sunny Cali

      @ Louise your a charm. Thanks for commenting.

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      7 years ago

      Dear friend:

      These are such important lessons in life! I agree that you see many who are never happy with their lives or situations in life, no matter what they do or don't do. I've always felt that life is what I make it, and if it doesn't always go the way I want, there has to be a reason. Usually, when a door closes, another opens, and the end result is better than it would have been. Thanks for sharing.


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