Butterfly Project

My Big Idea- Just 4 the World

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"it has been said something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world"

The Rules are:

1~ When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand.

2~ Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.

3~ You must let the butterfly fade naturally. NO scrubbing it off.

4~ If you cut before the butterfly is gone, you've killed it. If you don't cut, it lives.

5~ If you have more than one butterfly, cutting kills all of them.

6~ Another person may draw them on you. these butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.

7~ Even if you don't cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyways, to show your support. If you do, name it after someone you know who is currently suffering, or just simply to raise awareness!

Who am I? :)

My name is Kayla. Im 17 years old and am a junior at the Swartz Creek Global Learning Hub. I have suffered from depression and self harm for most of my life. The Butterfly Project was first brought to my attention by one of my doctors during my most recent relapse.

To me, it stood as a symbol of recovery. The butterfly wasn't meant to cover up my scars, but to bring a sense of beauty to something so ugly. It was also symbolic in the fact that a butterfly starts out as a caterpillar and must go through many changes to turn into a beautiful butterfly. Similarly, im like a caterpillar and everything that I go through will make me into me; it'll make me my own uniquely beautiful butterfly.


  • I will be the source of light for those in darkness
  • I will share my story with others so they know they are never alone
  • I will be able to tell people my scars are from the person I used to be, not the person I am today
  • I will love myself
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