Her Story is a monthly blog series featuring personal stories about how Hardy Girls has influenced girls’ lives.

By Lizzie Woodbury

Twelve-year-old Kayla Begin recently visited her old first grade teacher who had only one thing to ask of her former student: “Are you still light years ahead of the rest of your class?” Kayla has always had a knack and passion for reading and writing. Even now she is working on twelve short stories, all of which she hopes to someday develop into novels. Her favorite genre is fantasy because it allows her to experience adventure in a way that would be impossible otherwise.

Hardy Girls Adventure Girls has allowed Kayla to truly experience the thrill of adventure first hand. Through Adventure Girls Kayla has tried out all sorts of new activities from welding to kayaking to chopping wood. Her mother signed her up for the program when she was just seven years old, and Kayla says it is hard to imagine her life without it. As she participated in a wide variety of physically and mentally challenging adventures, she garnered personal experiences with learning, struggle, risk, and success. By pushing herself out of her comfort zone, Kayla realized there was no limit to what she could do. This new found knowledge has greatly enriched Kayla’s writing, as she can now develop characters in a relatable and believable way.

Today, Kayla finds it impossible to stop expressing herself. She says, “I have the opposite of writer’s block because I have so many ideas.” Kayla’s remarkable ability to create beautiful stories has been evident from a very young age, and Hardy Girls has given her new experiences that have allowed her to develop her craft even more.