Softer Side

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You often hear the phrase like father, like son. The same can be said for mothers and daughters. November 7 at the Holy Rosary School in Homewood, Softer Side Seminars presented their second annual Mother & Daughter Empowerment Symposium: Streaming Self-Esteem from Mother to Daughter.

The audience included mothers and daughters, sisters and many who wanted to be empowered by the message delivered by Softer Side founder and director, Renee Aldrich.

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SISTER ACT—Eloise Coon-King and Candaice Jiles.

After a welcome by Holy Rosary president Gwen Young and opening dance by the Holy Rosary Dancers, Aldrich took the stage with the first presentation of the day.

During “Are You Flying: Have You Found Your Wings?,” Aldrich spoke to the ladies and explained that they should choose not be confrontational. That hostility and attitude won’t change a situation. Get over the situation and move on to a much healthier you. Aldrich went on to say “at all costs be yourself, own your own mistakes and fears and find the joy inside of yourself.”

The afternoon included self-esteem building exercises, a wonderful lunch, a dramatic presentation by award-winning actress Rita Gregory Sheard and a solo performance by Char Biggs.

The ladies heard stories from Jamie Posey-Woodson (community outreach educator, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape) and Eloise Coon-King, who spoke on intimacy violence.

The finale segment “I’m Every Woman” featured masked women in fashions from A Woman’s Touch in Wilkinsburg. The masks were symbolic of the walls or shields that women often build around themselves. The ladies were asked to remove the masks.

Fashion Forum was coordinated by Shermese Ziegler. At the end of the day the ladies learned the value and importance of women entering a softer more loving relationship with themselves.

Aldrich says, “We impact our daughters lives, we are a demonstration to them of the power of high self-esteem, we can empower them to love who it is they are and to have the courage to be themselves in the face of overwhelming outside pressure.”

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