Alisha Ochoa | Let’s Change the World, But First Let’s Change Ourselves
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Let’s Change the World, But First Let’s Change Ourselves

A few weeks ago I was working at the restaurant when a young group of college girls women sat in my section. They were sweet, and had an innocence to them that I forgot I once had– and I’m sure in a way I still do. You could tell they had dreams of changing the world; of making it a better place to live in. Before they left, one of them wrote on the top of their receipt,

“You are smart, you are beautiful, and you are capable ­čÖé “

smiley face included.


Their optimism and sweetness hadn’t yet been tainted by things like heartbreak, or losing a loved one or friend; they hadn’t been┬áharden by things that we experience in our mid twenties, when life starts to hit us like a brick wall. They had faith in the prospect of the future and that everything would work out exactly as it’s meant to.


Interacting with these women reminded me to look for the positives. It reminded me of what I am capable of, and of the good things that are happening in my life (there a lot of them!). As I dive into new adventures, it’s inspiring to see women support each other. We work on creating a safe space to explore a world where dreams can manifest into a reality, and there is an idea of community over competition. Building that community begins by believing in yourself. Loving yourself, and sharing that love with those around you.


As we find and explore the love around us, let’s remember that we are better together.┬áLet’s remind each other of what we are capable of. Let’s tell strangers that they are beautiful, smart, and fucking capable. Let’s work hard to create a space where we want to be. Margaret Mead once said,

never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has“.

So let’s change the world, but first, let’s change ourselves.



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