Be the light

 

There are days that are heavy and thick like morning fog clouding our visions and making it hard to see past our own bodies and selves. For so many girls, starting at a young age, we become so engrossed with our own feelings and emotions and what is going on for us that it becomes hard to see past ourselves. I remember being younger and going through some challenging times, the typical girl drama, bullying, perfectionism and high standards I had allowed society to place on myself, that I felt at many times that I wasn’t adequate, that I didn’t belong in the world and that I didn’t matter. As an entrepreneur later on in life so many of these feelings resurfaced for me and it was like being sucked back into the emotional turmoil of the teenage years. What I slowly learned and discovered was to find people that would be beacons of light for me in my life to shine during the darkness. My close girlfriends, my children, my partner and more. I learned that in those moments when I felt like I was going to be swallowed whole by the darkness that the light was always there, I just had to look for it and re-connect with it. At the same time, I realized that in return, I was also a beacon of light for others and that my way of being, acting and showing up in the world impacted others as well.

 

For young girls, often times it’s hard for them to see past what is immediately in front of them. What we want girls to learn is that they have the ability to make a massive impact in the world with how they show up and how they help others. We want girls to find those who are beacons of light for them to help them during the dark time but also remember that they are beacons of light for others. Imagine if girls lived life in the manner, searching for the light when they needed and shinning the light for others when they need it. What we would create would be this incredible community of shimmering lights that would light up the world.

XO Maria

 

Maria Fuller

Founder | Thought Leader at Raising A Powerful Girl
Maria Fuller is the Founder and Thought Leader behind RaisingAPowerfulGirl.com an online education and community platform that connects professionals from all over the world to parents raising girls to educate and empower them on their parenting journey with the goal of fostering Independence, Leadership and Strong Personal Identity in Girls so they can change the world. Maria is also the founder of the EmpoweredGirlMovement.com and their online web application for girls called the EmpoweredGirlApp.com for Clever, Creative and Inquisitive Girls which focuses on the 6 tenets of Mindfulness, Gratitude, Purpose, Mindset, Relationships, and Humanitarianism. Her work has been featured on Google and Yahoo news, the Rachel Ray show, numerous online publications and she is a contributing writer for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global.

Maria Graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center with a BS in Health Science, minor in Emergency and Disaster Management and concentration in Women Studies. She holds a Certificate from MIT in Leadership in Times of Disruption and A Certificate in The Science of Parenting from UC SanDiego. She worked as a critical care paramedic for years until a permanent injury on the job caused her to change her life direction with work but not without first teaching her of the importance of Independence, Leadership and Personal Identity which are the foundations of her work.

She is a mom to two little girls and has spent nearly a decade working with women of all ages to help shed unhealthy beliefs and breakdown stereotypes surrounding pregnancy, motherhood, body image, self-esteem, parenting, women in leadership and much more. Maria is a frequent speaker and presenter on women’s leadership, girls empowerment and the role social media and technology plays on girls self-esteem, confidence, and brain health.