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Nicole Weider of Project Inspired Shares Important Message with Girls of Grace

Nicole Weider of Project Inspired Shares Important Message with Girls of Grace

Hi, Girls of Grace!

I’m Nicole Weider, founder of ProjectInspired.com, and I want to tell you from personal experience that God has a plan and a purpose for your life. He loves you unconditionally. In fact, he thinks you are lovely! (Check out Song of Solomon 2:14.) I’m so excited I can share that with you now, because it took me many years before I understood how much God cares about me.

I didn’t grow up going to church, and I didn’t really know that much about Jesus. My mom was just a teenager when she had me, and she was already on her own. She loved me and worked hard to make ends meet for us and give me a good life, but we were pretty poor and it was tough.

As far back as I can remember, it was my dream to become a movie star. I began modeling in kindergarten, and by the time I was in first grade, I was already drawing pictures of the famous Hollywood sign I had seen on TV and picturing my name in movie credits on the big screen. While other kids daydreamed about becoming firemen or veterinarians or doctors, I daydreamed about wearing beautiful dresses and walking down red carpets. Before I reached middle school, I was already practicing my autograph. And when I was just 16, my Mom moved our family from Oregon to Hollywood so I could take a shot at making my dreams come true.

I thought that modeling and acting would completely fulfill me. Fame would give me an identity, and money would sure make life a lot easier. I thought becoming a star would solve all my problems. Instead, my dream quickly became a nightmare. Although I had been modeling since I was five, Hollywood was a whole new world.
As a little girl, I had gotten modeling assignments for being cute and charming. Now, I was being hired for my sex appeal. My agent said I had the right height and body type to do lingerie ads. I needed to be able to support myself, so I accepted the assignments. But the revealing nightgowns and seductive poses didn’t make me feel sexy. They made me feel ashamed. Humiliated. I didn’t want anyone to see those pictures. Acting wasn’t the answer either. Although I won featured “extra” roles in big films like Ocean’s 13 and TV shows like Entourage, I became more and more depressed.

By the time I was 23 years old, I hit rock bottom. I should have been on top of the world. Instead, I didn’t even want to live anymore. Then my best friend from high school, a Christian named Christina, visited me. I was living in my mom’s house again – with no job, no car, no friends, no life – and Christina prayed for me. She told me God had a plan and a purpose for me.

Slowly, I began reading the Bible and Christian books. I began to talk to God myself. One day, I begged for Him to come into my life and save me. Guess what? He did! I went back to community college, climbed out of my depression, and began to live for Jesus. Soon, I met a wonderful man who became my husband, and I founded ProjectInspired, a website for teen girls that talks about fashion, culture, celebrities, relationships and most importantly, Jesus.

While the world turns to self-help books like The Secret for the answers, I think Christians have the real secret – that through Christ we are saved by grace. That’s a secret worth sharing, and that’s what I love to do on Project Inspired and through social media like my Facebook page. I also do a live chat for girls every Friday, so come and join me. We’ll talk about life, love, fashion and faith so that Girls of Grace like you and me can live like we are a Project Inspired!

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on March 12, 2013 - 12:31pm

Hi, Girls of Grace!

I’m Nicole Weider, founder of ProjectInspired.com, and I want to tell you from personal experience that God has a plan and a purpose for your life. He loves you unconditionally. In fact, he thinks you are lovely! (Check out Song of Solomon 2:14.) I’m so excited I can share that with you now, because it took me many years before I understood how much God cares about me.

I didn’t grow up going to church, and I didn’t really know that much about Jesus. My mom was just a teenager when she had me, and she was already on her own. She loved me and worked hard to make ends meet for us and give me a good life, but we were pretty poor and it was tough.

As far back as I can remember, it was my dream to become a movie star. I began modeling in kindergarten, and by the time I was in first grade, I was already drawing pictures of the famous Hollywood sign I had seen on TV and picturing my name in movie credits on the big screen. While other kids daydreamed about becoming firemen or veterinarians or doctors, I daydreamed about wearing beautiful dresses and walking down red carpets. Before I reached middle school, I was already practicing my autograph. And when I was just 16, my Mom moved our family from Oregon to Hollywood so I could take a shot at making my dreams come true.

I thought that modeling and acting would completely fulfill me. Fame would give me an identity, and money would sure make life a lot easier. I thought becoming a star would solve all my problems. Instead, my dream quickly became a nightmare. Although I had been modeling since I was five, Hollywood was a whole new world.
As a little girl, I had gotten modeling assignments for being cute and charming. Now, I was being hired for my sex appeal. My agent said I had the right height and body type to do lingerie ads. I needed to be able to support myself, so I accepted the assignments. But the revealing nightgowns and seductive poses didn’t make me feel sexy. They made me feel ashamed. Humiliated. I didn’t want anyone to see those pictures. Acting wasn’t the answer either. Although I won featured “extra” roles in big films like Ocean’s 13 and TV shows like Entourage, I became more and more depressed.

By the time I was 23 years old, I hit rock bottom. I should have been on top of the world. Instead, I didn’t even want to live anymore. Then my best friend from high school, a Christian named Christina, visited me. I was living in my mom’s house again – with no job, no car, no friends, no life – and Christina prayed for me. She told me God had a plan and a purpose for me.

Slowly, I began reading the Bible and Christian books. I began to talk to God myself. One day, I begged for Him to come into my life and save me. Guess what? He did! I went back to community college, climbed out of my depression, and began to live for Jesus. Soon, I met a wonderful man who became my husband, and I founded ProjectInspired, a website for teen girls that talks about fashion, culture, celebrities, relationships and most importantly, Jesus.

While the world turns to self-help books like The Secret for the answers, I think Christians have the real secret – that through Christ we are saved by grace. That’s a secret worth sharing, and that’s what I love to do on Project Inspired and through social media like my Facebook page. I also do a live chat for girls every Friday, so come and join me. We’ll talk about life, love, fashion and faith so that Girls of Grace like you and me can live like we are a Project Inspired!