She Dared: Interview Series – Jordyn Hullett

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What was the moment you realised you could dare?

Or were you always daring? If you were born that way, what do you think influenced your inherent bravery?

Throughout my reasonably short adolescent life, there have been many moments when I realised I could dare, it was just grasping these moments that was the biggest dare of them all.

Suffering from anxiety my whole life has made every little thing I do from going to a party to speaking on the phone a challenge.

Recently, I realised I could dare. That daring to dream and to strive for change made me feel happy, empowered and strong. I decided it was time to start daring. You could say it was a lightbulb moment, just one that took a couple of years to fully turn on.

What did it feel like the first time you dared to stand in that power?

Absolutely bloody terrifying.

What do you think the difference is between being brave and fearless?

I feel there is a massive difference! Being fearless is more about taking chances, a leap of faith. Stepping into the unknown without any fear of consequences.

Being brave in my opinion is more about taking chances, knowing and understanding the consequences of something but choosing to summon the courage and do it anyway. Being brave is so much more valuable and challenging than being fearless.

Is there a process you go through to tap into your daring self?

Being daring is hard, I personally was not born daring, in fact, the exact opposite! Every day I have to practise being daring, being brave. Sometimes it’s just doing something small other times its things that are much bigger.

It takes a lot of practise to keep yourself daring. It is something that I will have to work on every single day of my life. Sometimes, it’s going to be really hard; but if I keep practising, believing and doing things that require bravery (for me) I will hopefully continue to grow as an individual, as a female and as a darer.

Now that you do dare, how do you inspire others to do the same?

Now that I have started to realise the importance of daring I try as often as I can to share it with the people around me.

When I see others with so much talent and potential hiding in the shadows I feel saddened because I see their potential, their daring, and wonder: why don’t they see it?

Whenever I see a girl, or a woman, or anyone for that matter given a chance to be daring I always encourage them to take it. I support them, encourage them and ask them to join me and others in being daring in your own ways – big or small.

Daring often takes courage which means facing fear. Some call it ‘dragon slaying’.

I suffer from pretty severe anxiety, it is a dragon that has followed me around every day of my life. Sometimes it’s hard for me to do things most people my age to, to be daring and to take chances. Many times, my anxiety ‘dragon’ has worn me down, made me cry till it feels there is nothing left, but yet there always is.

We all have our own dragons to slay and to us they seem huge, to others they may seem smaller or less important. But it’s so important to remember it doesn’t matter how your ‘dragon’ compares in size to those around you, it matters how you choose to slay your own personal dragon and who you get to help and support you on your journey.

I don’t think it’s possible to slay this particular personal dragon. It sounds cheesy, but I have learned to appreciate the ‘thing’ that has caused me such pain and distress.

Sometimes I wish it would go away, to be gone forever, to never have existed. But then who would I be?

How could I have developed into the more daring person I am today without this dragon by my side?

Whose voice(s) do you hear in your head when you’re about to push your boundaries;

a) telling you to stop and go back or

b) telling you to go on?

When I am about to push my boundaries, there are always two voices in your head: one telling you to stop and go back the other telling you to keep moving forward.

For me, the voice telling me to stop and give up is my own.

Often, I think I am my own worst enemy – stopping myself from taking chances telling myself I can’t do it and I’m not good enough. It is really damn hard to not listen to that voice, it is still something that I struggle with and I feel many others struggle with every day.

The voice telling me to go on, take the jump, be daring is one of two people: Myself or my mum.

My mum is the biggest inspiration in my life, every day she inspires me to be the best version of myself, to take every opportunity thrown my way and to believe in myself. There is also always my own voice in the back of my head, telling me to “do it anyway” and “be daring” when I listen to this quieter voice, often it’s when I push the boundaries the furthest.

I feel it’s a pretty standard thing for all human beings to listen to that self-doubting voice, it is always so much louder and easier to hear. I struggle with this as well, but I’m still going to ask the question…. why do we all listen to the louder voice?

If you were to talk to the person you were before you dared, what words of wisdom would you have for them?

Only recently do I feel I have started to dare and truly see the importance of daring. Even though I am nowhere near being the most daring version of myself I still feel I have grown into a different person from the one I was before I took that first major dare.

If I were to talk to the person I was before I dared, I would tell them “you can do anything”.

If you take a chance, set your mind to something and work hard to achieve it, anything is possible. I would also tell myself that I know it looks really damn scary, maybe even impossible. But once you have taken that first leap it is impossible to stop wanting more.

Is there a process you go through to tap into your daring self?

To tap into my daring self, I find things that I feel strong and passionate about. Causes, people and other things that are important to me, things that allow me to help others and tap into my more daring self.

About “The Girl Empowerment Project”

There Is only one other major thing you need to know about my daring story; the project I have organised. Starting this year, I am hosting an event called “The Girl Empowerment Project”.

An increasing number of teenage girls are suffering with mental health problems and are feeling more and more disconnected from themselves, their families, each other and their communities. The impact of issue related to social media, body image and self-confidence are also hugely significant.  Greatly affecting girl’s ability to be daring, to take chances and be brave.

I hope to create something that will inspire and empower today’s young women. Encourage them to be confident in their abilities, to be kind, to stand together united, to ask for help and support from each other when they need it and of course to be daring.

My project is to create an Expo showcasing adolescent girls physical and mental health: self-esteem, image and confidence. I hope to involve people, organisations and local businesses that deal with these areas. So far, I have involved a number of women that are presenting workshops, musical and dramatic performances, poems, talks, dances, organisations and so much more. These women have been daring in creating businesses, organisation and sharing their stories.

Sharing these amazing, extraordinary daring women I hope will show and inspire the younger female generation how to be daring.

Creating this project has been a huge factor in helping me to become a more daring young woman. It has helped me develop life-long skills and connections that I will never forget.

 

 

Find out more about The Girls Empowerment Project on

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and Instagram

 

Jordyn Hullett is a 15-year-old currently attending High School in Australia. She loves to read and watch abstract/interesting documentaries and films. She also volunteers at a soup kitchen and loves helping others in any way she can, no matter how big or small. She has a big extended family and values spending time with her younger cousins and friends very highly. Jordyn is an insightful, in depended, kind, considerate young women who has the potential to do great things and create big change.

 

An increasing number of teenage girls are suffering with mental health problems and are feeling more and more disconnected from themselves, their families, each other and their communities. The impact of issue related to social media, body image and self-confidence are also hugely significant.  Greatly affecting girl’s ability to be daring, to take chances and be brave.

I hope to create something that will inspire and empower today’s young women. Encourage them to be confident in their abilities, to be kind, to stand together united, to ask for help and support from each other when they need it and of course to be daring.

My project is to create an Expo showcasing adolescent girls physical and mental health: self-esteem, image and confidence. I hope to involve people, organisations and local businesses that deal with these areas. So far, I have involved a number of women that are presenting workshops, musical and dramatic performances, poems, talks, dances, organisations and so much more. These women have been daring in creating businesses, organisation and sharing their stories.

Sharing these amazing, extraordinary daring women I hope will show and inspire the younger female generation how to be daring.

Creating this project has been a huge factor in helping me to become a more daring young woman. It has helped me develop life-long skills and connections that I will never forget.

Why are we doing this thing? Because there’s enough noise in the world telling women what we ‘should’ be doing.

We should parent more consciously, but not be helicopter parents. We should take care of our bodies, but not be vain. We should make boys pay, but demand equal rights. We should dress appropriately, but also be confident in our skin, wear what we want, but not be provocative, oh and please feel comfortable in the world’s skimpiest school bathers but then wear your jeans to the formal because last year the boys looked up the girls’ skirts and so you’ll have to be the ones to modify your behaviour. Yeah. No. 

We are a mother and daughter writing team who launched a platform for women 14 –  104. Women who need to read stories of daring. Women who need to write them.

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