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Chantelle Baxter

All posts by Chantelle Baxter

Finding your purpose and your tribe in unexpected places

By | Blog, Do It In A Dress | No Comments

I’ve got my story and it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.  I have dealt with some very challenging stuff in my world – and am now raising my children on my own. No matter what I have been through, I never felt like I didn’t have the power of choice. I can change my situation and I have access to support systems and education that gives me the power to heal and grow regardless of what cards I am dealt. It isn’t always easy, but its damn possible. I was one of those kids that grew up always wanting to help. I…

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Snotty, teary, and heartbroken: thoughts from Uganda

By | Blog, Uganda | 3 Comments

TW: This post contains a description of sexual assault. Hey guys, it’s Chantelle here. For the past two weeks I’ve been in Kampala, Uganda. I’ve been scoping out potential partners to work with in bringing One Girl’s work to Uganda, and also meeting some of our potential new scholars. Listening to their stories, hearing about their challenges, and the insane things they’ve gone through. And I am completely and utterly heartbroken. I’m sitting here in my room, crying my eyes out. I have snot dripping down my face. My face is a swollen mess. And I haven’t slept properly in…

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How to Start Your Own Community Project, Business or Non-Profit

By | Amazing Supporters, Blog, Setting up a non-profit | No Comments

My stomach sank. It was another no. Another ‘no thanks’. Another ‘I appreciate the offer, but it’s not for me.’ Rejection. It’s gross. It’s uncomfortable – and when you’re trying to start anything, a business, a community project or a non-profit – it’s part of the journey. Starting One Girl meant that we were faced with an endless stream of rejections – if only I’d known at the beginning this was just one hurdle in the role of ‘starting something’, perhaps I wouldn’t have spent so much time not believing in myself or thinking that I’d messed up. And rejection…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Strangers (or Friends) on the Internet and Start Believing in the Beauty of your Own Dreams

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Okay, I admit it. I am SO guilty of doing this. I was lying on my couch the other day (after watching back to back episodes of House – my new TV addiction), when I clicked across to my Facebook feed. I starting browsing through some images a friend has posted from a stunning resort in Bali. Her days are spent travelling the world and teaching people to become location independent entrepreneurs. I feel a twinge of envy in my gut. Another friend excitedly posts that they’d just scored a $200,000 a year job. My eye starts to twitch. 

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How many cents in the dollar actually go to helping the girls you work with?

By | Administration Costs, Amazing Supporters, Blog, Fundraising, Our amazing team, Setting up a non-profit | 2 Comments

So this is the second blog post in our #AskACharity series – and it’s a great question! And one that is often asked in a variety of different ways. How much money get’s spent on admin? Fundraising? Operations? How much of what you raise actually helps the girls? Our answer to these questions? Every dollar you donate goes towards helping the girls we work with – it’s just that some of it goes more directly to helping the girls than others. We know that many people get uncomfortable around admin / fundraising and operation costs – and trust me, we get it….

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: One Girl’s Half Yearly Review

By | Blog, Challenges, Events, Fundraising, Setting up a non-profit | One Comment

I’m the kind of person who LOVES to dream. Vision boards, meditation sessions, streams of consciousness writing. When I have a dream, I want to bring it to life. Part of that is actually setting strategies and plans to get there. It’s not enough to dream, you need to take create a map and take action to achieve your goals. For the first time ever we have a strategy to move us in the direction of our dreams. And in order to make sure that it inspired us, we called it.. “One Girl’s Strategy for Epic Business Growth and World…

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1 incredible way to give your life meaning and purpose.

By | Blog, Do It In A Dress, Opportunities | No Comments

If you’d met me five years ago, I would’ve told you that life sucked. I’d just returned from a trip to Sierra Leone, which had completely changed my view of the world. I’d spent my years prior to this working as a web designer. My life consisted of shopping, drinking, partying – and not much else. Although it seemed like ‘the normal’ thing to do, I felt empty inside. Something was missing. Meaning. A purpose. I had an inkling that I was meant to do something great while I was here, but I didn’t know what it was. At the…

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