Welcome to Raising a Powerful Girl! I am the founder, Maria Fuller. I help empower parents to Foster Independence, Leadership and a Strong Sense of Personal Identity in their daughters so they can Change the World. I have a a BS in Health Science with minor in Emergency and Disaster Management and concentration in Women Studies. I worked as a critical care paramedic for years until a permanent injury on the job caused me to change my life direction with work but not without first teaching me of the importance of Independence, Leadership and Personal Identity which are the foundations of my work. I have learned what it is to be a strong female leader in a male dominated industry and how to succeed. I have launch and grown 3 very successful multi-six figure businesses over the last 10 years as well as lead on various advisory committees and I am the former Director of a local chapter of a professional woman in business organization. I have studied and completed a certificate from MIT- Massacheusettes Institute of Technology on "Leading Change in Times of Disruption." I am a mom to two little girls and I have 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.
I understand the stress of raising girls today from the every day tantrums, clothing battles, whining, crying, emotional outburst, eye rolling and more. I have felt the parts of the journey where you feel exhausted, alone and stressed. I too have yelled and felt awful afterwards for it. I know what its like to go to sleep at night scared about the future for my girls, how to foster a healthy relationship with them and stay sane at the same time. I know what its like to hear people to "enjoy this time" and how it "goes so fast" and how I wish I understood how to actually enjoy the journey.
I believe each of my daughters was sent to me to remind me of a piece of myself I have lost or not loved during my journey, it had been exciting to rekindle those parts of me again. We live on a little River in CT with our two dogs and a cat that won't leave the basement and loves his independent life down there in solitude from the chaos upstairs, I can't blame him sometimes! We listen to Fight Song in the car on the way to school, my children have no idea who Raffi is but can belt out the lyrics to this song in their sleep and I'm proud of it! I believe that the change we need to see in this world begins with Raising a Powerful Girl and my lifes work is to help you understand what this means and how you navigate this journey so that we can Raise a Generation of Strong, Independent Women Leaders with high personal integrity and morals that will push for the changes we so desperately need. I believe that raising girls can be fun, fulfilling and that we can learn how to have meaningful conversations with our daughters and go to bed at night joyful for the next day. I look forward to being a part of your journey for change!