Chrissy Weems Reveals I Am Bullyproof Campaign

Chrissy Weems Reveals I Am Bullyproof Campaign


– I vividly recall my middle school years dreading PE every day. Anyone at school dread PE because you were gonna get made fun of? Yeah, it’s not fun. Especially when you’re not athletic. Our class walked to the playground every day and I held my head low. I knew what to expect. I knew how I was gonna get treated. I knew how I was gonna feel
in every part of my body. Just the way you felt when you heard those words, I felt that way about myself. After all of these years, the
words still stick in my head. “If we have to have her on our
team, we don’t want anyone.” It cut me deep, and the tragedy is that I let those people define me as unwanted, unlovable, and not good enough. Because of their words I felt
like I had no intrinsic value. For me and for so many others, the byproducts of bullying are appalling. Bullied children live in despair, their grades plummet, they lose interest in things they once loved, and they suffer from depression and anxiety. Often these effects last
well into adulthood. They grow up believing they’re useless, unworthy of love, trapped
in a world of hurt. People allowed. They allowed
people to define them. Sometimes bullying victims
don’t even reach adulthood because for them, killing
themselves is a better alternative than enduring the pain. We need to stop this. And I’m passionate about making
a difference in this area. We cannot just sit here
and watch young people and our adults, our youth,
our friends, our family, our children, our nieces,
our nephews, our kids’ friends at school, we can’t
watch them live in pain. We can’t be silent when
our bullied children grow up to be troubled, wounded adults who can’t see their own value, and won’t reach their full potential. And we can’t passively
watch as bullies destroy their own lives and the
lives of those around them. We cannot and will not, and I
pledge to you that this day. Origami Owl is about so
much more than jewelry. You know what, you’re
here because you wanna be an entrepreneur, you
wanna run a business, you need to make extra
money for your family, you wanna maybe be a
rock star, many of you support your families and
put food on your table. But many of you have told me that what has led you here and kept you here is the mission of our company. Is that true? (audience cheering) I know that so many of you wanna be a part of something bigger. And that’s what we offer here. We offer you the opportunity to not only have a successful business and achieve those things that are
important, but we also allow you the opportunity
to have fulfillment, the thing right here that matters. And at Origami Owl, you can have both. I’m about to bring out a young woman who, I cannot tell you how proud I am of her. I have seen her grow and evolve, and she has impressed me in every way. Please welcome to the
stage Samantha Brantley. (audience cheering) Samantha’s here. I asked her to share her
story of Origami Owl. How she got to be here and what the experience has been like for you. – When I was in middle school,
I was really badly bullied. I went through a long
period in my life where I didn’t talk to people,
I didn’t have friends. My family barely knew me. I would go to school, I’d come home, I’d go to my room, and I’d close the door. And I would wait for the next day. You know, when I was in high school I was like, “Okay, I need a job. “College is coming up and
I wanna help pay for it.” And I started looking everywhere for something that would
fit within my time, ’cause I was dual-enrolled at the time. And I went to find a place
that would allow young minors to sell, because I thought it would be a great idea, and I found Origami Owl. (audience cheering) Two weeks later, we went to
the very first convention through quite a bit of finagling. (laughs) And I joined there,
and at that convention, I talked to women just like you guys, which was shocking ’cause
I didn’t talk to people. And I listened to stories,
and I found out that, you know, all of these
women are just like me. They’re no different. They’re human. They’re beautiful and they’re perfect and they’re making a difference
in other people’s lives. And I can do the same. (cries) (audience cheering) I learned there that I am enough, and I am beautiful, and
I’m fine the way I am. (audience cheering) And through that, I have grown so much. And I talk to people and I’m
outgoing, which is shocking. (Samantha and audience laughing) And I have a life, and
I do for others now. And I just want everyone
to know what I know, that you can’t define yourself by the way other people view you or what other people say, because they don’t know you. (audience applauding and cheering) – Look at all that love for you, Samantha. Thank you. (audience cheering) I want you to place your
hands on your heart. Take a deep breath all
together, ready? Yoga breath. (inhales) Ahh. One more. Okay, close your eyes. Take a deep breath and allow these words to penetrate into your being because I am about to speak the truth. The truth is, you are
beautiful exactly as you are. The truth is, your life has
divine purpose and meaning. The truth is, you are enough. Everyone take another deep breath. Repeat after me. I am enough. – [Audience] I am enough. – We can help change lives for the better. It starts with me, it starts
with you, and it starts today.

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