My family and I had the good fortune and pleasure to walk in the Muir Woods in Northern California last month.  The Muir Woods are home to the most amazing giant redwood trees – truly and literally — the tallest trees on earth!  These redwoods stand almost four hundred feet tall in these woods with long history and deep roots. Once prolific in the United States, the logging industry all but destroyed this species.Here, protected now, in this national park, these trees stand as a testament to survival and growth. They have endured storms, fires, earthquakes and all natural disasters known to man, and have not just survived but thrived, reaching toward the sun regardless of all obstacles. They are truly awe inspiring. As we strolled through the woods, the sunlight glimmering through the dense roof of tree branches and leaves, the strength and perseverance of the trees reminded me of our work at SWSG where every day we encourage and support our girls and young women to become stronger, grow and thrive – always challenging them and supporting them as they reach for the sun!
As we exited the park that beautiful, sunny day, the following advice I read posted prominently in the park, echoed in my head and my heart.  Advice in the words of these mighty trees, trees that have overcome all obstacles and continue to grow, taller and stronger, bringing inspiration to all!
Advice from a Tree – By Ilan Shamir
Stand tall and proud.
Sink your roots into the earth.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Go out on a limb.
Drink plenty of water.
Remember your roots.
Enjoy the view!