After appearing on ABC's The Bachelor as the first contestant with a disability, women ranging from age 14 to 64 were confessing to me that they too felt like they couldn’t “compete” or keep up with the unnaturally high standards of being “perfect.” My inbox was flooded with messages from women looking for ways to improve their confidence and self-worth.

That's when I knew I needed to take action. I realize that confidence, self-acceptance, and self-esteem can’t be taught, it can only be gained through the experience of letting go of harmful, self-limiting inhibitions. I've found that letting go of those thoughts can be achieved through outdoor exploration and pushing our bodie's limits.

I’m not a life-coach, but I know one thing to be true: our bodies come in all shapes and sizes but all are more able than we give them credit for being. And if we can help girls see past the barriers society has built around them, and empower them to embrace their abilities rather than their inabilities, we can do great things for girls in need.   

SheLift is a 501(c)3 organization that empowers girls to improve self-acceptance and confidence through outdoor adventures and body-positive mentorship. SheLift provides the resources and experiences to help young women work towards living empowered, authentic lives. SheLift aims to normalize differences while challenging girls’ physical and emotional abilities.