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 The “Polish Her Up” Challenge By: Maquita Donyel (Because we could all use a bit of Polish, unity and love) In the past year, we’ve done some talking here and there about empowering one another as women. What better month to start than March, Women’s History month? #PolishHerUp Similar to  Letters of Love in February, the Polish Her Up (#PolishHerUp) challenge  involves encouraging someone you don’t know. It’s a simple, yet powerful act of selflessness. 1. Write one note/letter of encouragement.  2. Give this note to a complete stranger. Be sure the stranger is a woman. 3. Do this everyday until the month of March is over.   4. Take pictures of your letters, notes, and/or the reaction of the recipient and hashtag #PolishHerUp. Share the details of what happened if you don’t want a picture with them! 5. If you receive a letter, take a picture of it and…

Sitting in the ever, so uncomfortable, black, airport chair in a jeans/tee combo on a gorgeous day in Pittsburgh, PA. It was September 8, 2013. Across from me sat an older, sweet couple and to the left of me sat an older, and equally as sweet, woman. Overpowering the conversation between both of them and the coos of a 6 month old baby to my right, an announcement was made on the loud speaker: “There is a dent in the plane in a critical area and you will not be boarding the plane on time. We will get back to you in 25 minutes with more details”. There was a brief silence, and then the couple and the woman to my left began to talk. “You know,” said the older woman to my left, “I have to fly back on September 11. I’m not worried, but I hate thinking about that day.” As she…

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