Shareese & Lauren
Meet Shareese and Lauren, this match has only been together since this summer, but they have managed to pack the last few months with loads of learning and growth. They met the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions by getting outside and connecting over Zoom. They have set two goals for themselves, try new things, and help Shareese with school work. Sounds like a great plan to us, congrats to you both on being the Match of the Month!
When this match was first formed Lauren loved to be outside, but Shareese did not have a lot of interest in outdoor endeavors. As they bonded, and maintained COVID safety protocols, Lauren had many opportunities to share her love of the outdoors with Shareese. Now Shareese looks forward to heading outdoors to spend some one-on-one time with Lauren. When a Little learns to love something that was formally outside of their comfort zone, it builds their confidence and curiosity, making them more open to other new experiences.
Nothing is more empowering to a Little than to feel like their opinion is heard and matters. Lauren makes a point of sharing power with Shareese, by making sure she has a say in their planned activities. When the weather turned cold, this match decided to pick a Netflix show that they could watch together over Zoom. After some discussion they landed on the show, Reign, and have very much been enjoying their virtual watch sessions.
As the bonds of trust grew between Shareese and Lauren, Shareese began to open up about some of her struggles in school, and with mental health. Lauren did a fantastic job of both listening to Shareese, and asking follow up questions to make sure she really understood what Shareese was trying to share with her. Together they came up with an action plan to help with both areas. Shareese’s school performance has improved since the match began. When a Big sets a Little up with an action plan to navigate tough situations, it gives them a road map to follow when they need to make important decisions on their own. Way to be an amazing team ladies, you definitely deserve to be Match of the Month.