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Why I am releasing the girl...and unleashing the person.

I started Empowered Girls Rise because I wanted to solve a problem. I couldn’t sit around school as a teacher and keep witnessing girls fighting, bashing each other on social media, endless gossip and listen to boys tell them to ‘suck their d***’ or make fun of them ruthlessly. I thought that if I could help them discover their own worth and purpose, they would feel more confident and happy.


I thought that if I could help them discover their own worth and purpose, they would feel more confident and happy.

So I rolled up my sleeves and began. I started in my classroom and brought expert speakers in to help the girls see that there was so much more than this. This turned into events across the nation with workshops and speakers who wanted to share and contribute to guiding girls on their journey’s.


I started to get requests for boys to be included too. I knew that my boy students also benefitted from the work that I did, sometimes more so. I always found a way to include boys and I found that they were supportive, understanding and compassionate. They were also so appreciative to listen and get a glimpse into how women and girls think. So Girls Empowerment Rallies transformed into Wellness Rallies.


I always found a way to include boys and I found that they were supportive, understanding and compassionate.

I started on my own spiritual and wellness journey when I started Empowered Girls Rise. I began with EFT and Akashic Records journeys. This caused such a huge shift in my ability to handle my emotions. I started therapy after a particularly difficult time in my life. I did Reiki sessions, learned about crystals and Angel Cards. I was activated by this journey- it spoke to me like nothing else, connecting with my soul, feeling true peace knowing that there was something bigger than myself.

I was activated by this journey- it spoke to me like nothing else, connecting with my soul, feeling true peace knowing that there was something bigger than myself.

Covid hit and I was ready. I used all of my tools and learned even more from my spiritual and business mentors about connecting to the Divine. I devoured material from Gabby Bernstien and Deepak Chopra. It was at Gabby’s book signing that I met my God-based mentor, Jeanne Street. She cracked me wide open when I had the privilege to study under her and graduate with my Angel Healer certificate. Becoming an Angel Healer and opening further to my gifts has been one of the most beautiful things that has happened to me personally this year.


It was in the connection with the Angels that I began to finally see who and what I needed to be. To look at myself with compassion and see where I was wrong. I don’t judge myself harshly for the time up until now because I didn’t know better- but after conversations with others, meditation and holding myself through it all- I realized that I needed to take action. After much thought, I have decided to move away from my girl brand. I have had so many experiences this year and I have evolved. I have grown and am so proud of all I have accomplished.


It was in the connection with the Angels that I began to finally see who and what I needed to be. To look at myself with compassion and see where I was wrong.

I have purposely excluded individuals in my brand and in my words, since I started my business, I never meant to, but I did. This was hard for me to swallow, but I did. We are not here to be right. We are here to learn and grow. The term ‘girl’ is not inclusive enough. There are so many girls and women out there who don’t identify as girls. In addition there are so many boys and men who identify as female. And there are those who don’t identify at all. Non-binaries and other persons who are just as worthy. This was hard for me to let go of-almost painful, like ripping out a part of my life, since I have only identified with ‘girl’.


We are not here to be right. We are here to learn and grow.

However, if I am to grow and bring wellness to more people, I need to open to all who are actively pursuing wellness. And to the girls, women, boys, men and non-binary individuals, thank you for allowing me to truly see you. Thank you for enlightening me on my path and illuminating that which will help me lead with love, gentleness, understanding and greater acceptance. A community and true safe space for all people.


I lovingly accept that the scope of my work is so much larger than just helping girls and women. My work has helped more than girls, it has helped women, boys and even men. Mostly, it has helped PEOPLE. I treat each person as they come to me as an individual, a special, unique, magical being with so much love and acknowledgement of who they are.


I treat each person as they come to me as an individual, a special, unique, magical being with so much love and acknowledgement of who they are.

‘Girl’ does not allow me to reach individuals. It keeps me limited in who I can reach. It keeps me small and doesn’t allow for the healing I know I can expand into. It doesn’t allow me to deliver high- impact programs that I know work for all. A brain, heart, energetic and somatic approach to teaching and healing. A way to allow for my life’s work to integrate into all beings.

So I release the girl now, lovingly, and finally, step into the person I was always meant to be. You will see some changes and I hope you continue to follow me on this journey.

Stay tuned for what is meant to come.


Love and Blessings Always,

Stephanie


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