Growing Forward

Growing Forward is a personal social media project I’m launching to inspire young women to be open about their mental health and personal growth.


I’m trying to get 500 people to participate. Here’s how it works: Submit a photo of yourself with a flower. Then tell us a bit about how you’re growing into the strong, beautiful person you’re meant to be.

Here’s an example: 


My name is Jane, I’m 24 years old and I have pretty bad anxiety. It used to be so bad that I would avoid going to classes because of my panic attacks. But I’ve learned that there’s nothing you can’t overcome when you decide to ask for help. Seeing a counselor has helped me grow so much. She reminds me of how important it is to stay creative. That’s why I focus my energy on music, it’s my outlet. I’m currently working on my first few songs with a friend. My advice? Talk to someone.

JNQ4VTTNLMMy name is Sam. I’m 31 years old. I’ve struggled with having confidence since I can remember. I’ve always felt the need to gain approval from others. It wasn’t until a particularly bad relationship that I realized, this is my life and this is my body. I left the relationship and have found love from my friends and my religious community. Never let anyone else dull your shine.

Be a part of it! 

1. Snap a photo of yourself holding a flower or plant (this represents how each of us is constantly growing and blooming).
2. Send me your first name (and age if you’re comfortable doing so) *and your preferred pronoun in case I ever want to refer to your post, for example “her/his/their post was very inspiring. In simpler terms, your gender please*
3. Answer this question: How have you grown stronger as a person? What advice would you give to someone who’s struggling with the same things you have? Sample topics (stress, body confidence, being shy, being bullied, OCD, anxiety, depression…)
Your response can be anywhere from 3 sentences to 3+ paragraphs.
Please note: You do not have to give away any info you’re not comfortable sharing with the world, as this will be public. By sending your photo and statement, you agree to give Marguerite Ward rights to use this photo and info for the Growing Forward project, for example: on Instagram or in a book on confidence and courage if this project should grow. I want to do this honestly and openly.
This is an opportunity for you to break the stigma on whatever you’re going through and share advice. If you’re interested, message me here or send your response to mwardnewyork [at] outlook [dot] com  



Hope to hear from you!