Changing the world, one t-shirt at a time

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My BFF Marci and her friend Tricia are creating the lives they  really want – for themselves and girls all over the world! Wishful Thinking Works presented their first mother-daughter workshop, which was great fun. Look forward to doing more!

DOING IT WITH MIRRORS

Local ‘mompreneurs’ bent on making young girls believe in themselves

By Lauren Sable Freiman

The little girl that Tricia Price sent off to kindergarten was confident, secure, and comfortable in her skin. But as the year went on, Price observed that her daughter’s confidence was beginning to waver.

“You tell your children how beautiful they are and how smart they are, and then they go out into the world and people tell them differently,” Price says.

That disheartening realization sparked a conversation between Price and her long-time supervisor and confidant Marci Hower — a conversation that ended with the decision to dive in together and become “mompreneurs.”

“I can’t be with my daughter all day every day, but how great would it be for her to pass her reflection in the mirror and be reminded of how wonderful she is,” Price says. “I told Marci about the idea, and we decided to start a business.”

That business is Reflect Who I Am. After several years of planning and conversation, the business officially launched in July of 2012. Reflect Who I Am sells mirror-image T-shirts for girls and women, so when they pass their reflection in the mirror, they are reminded of their value by the phrase on their shirt. Current designs include “I am beautiful,” “I am unique,” “I am fearless,” and “I am loved.” The company plans to launch four additional designs and messages before the winter holiday season.

“We had a message that we knew was important and a product that we loved,” Hower says. “This ignited the passion to get our message heard and gave us the confidence to launch the business. We did not set out to be entrepreneurs as much as wanting to encourage every young girl to love who she sees in the mirror.”

According to Price and Hower, their business venture is much more than a money-making operation, and the company is much more than a typical T-shirt company. It’s an opportunity to have a real impact on the lives of girls everywhere — an opportunity that, as mothers, they take very seriously. Last spring Reflect Who I Am hosted its first mother-daughter workshop, an afternoon designed to help girls celebrate who they are while boosting self-esteem. Because of the success of the first workshop, additional workshops are in the works. The company’s website also features a blog that is directed toward parents, group leaders, and educators, with information on how to create self esteem in young girls.

“We have a product that we hope can encourage young girls to love who they are and help boost their self-esteem,” Price says. “Our hope is that every girl loves who she sees in the mirror both inside and out. It’s not just a product but a mission.”

Attention from mommy bloggers and local media has helped the company gain exposure, and in 2013 Price and Hower hope to grow their business beyond their website and establish a presence in retail stores.

They’ve been fortunate to work with the accelerator group of Entrepreneurs Organization, an experience that has proven invaluable for the start-up.

“They have an intensive program that helps guide young companies to grow in a smart way,” Hower says. “The group gives the education, mentorship, network, and drive that young companies need to take it to the next level.”

“We have a product that we hope can encourage young girls to love who they are and help boost their self esteem.”

After many years of working for other people, Hower and Price are enjoying the newfound flexibility that comes with owning their own business. As they both have young children with busy schedules, the flexibility is imperative, as is the ability to play off each other’s strengths and skills.

“It is always about balance, and the balance always changes each and every day,” Hower says. “What works one day, doesn’t necessarily work the next day. Luckily, Tricia and I have the same family values, and we place priorities on similar things. Prioritization is a key to maintaining our balance. In the end it has to get done, we have the flexibility to determine when it gets done and in what priority. Having a partner certainly helps, because when one of us can’t get to it, the other one always seems to be available.”

For more information: reflectwhoiam.com

This article was reprinted in full from CBC, Cleveland Business Connection, a Cleveland, Ohio business magazine.

Join the fun! Two Wishful Thinking Works workshops in Cleveland, Ohio in April

Patrice Koerper  Life Coach Wishful Thinking woman and treesOne of the best parts of my life coaching practice is being able to take interesting, helpful, scientific research and breaking it down into user-friendly formats and activities for real folks – like you and me – to use. 

I’m thrilled to announce that on Saturday, April 20th from 1-4 p.m., I will be in Cleveland, Ohio doing just that as I present a 3-hour workshop chockfull of great ideas and information to help women of all ages re-energize or redirect their lives.

And, on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m., I will be presenting a special “Flourishing Together” workshop for moms and daughters, ages 9-12, to help them discover new ways to work together to build their self-esteem and confidence.

If you are in the Cleveland area, please plan to  join us for one of these fantastic workshops, if not, consider bringing a Wishful Thinking Works workshop to your part of the world!

Don’t put off the changes you’ve been considering.

Spring into them, and launch a new you!

For more info on my “Re-energize and Redirect” April 20th workshop in Cleveland, click here.

For more info on my “Flourishing Together” April 27th workshop in Cleveland, click here.

To learn more about Wishful Thinking Works Workshop options, click here.

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For wonderful, free Wishful Thinking Works, Resources, click here.

For hundreds of helpful posts about happiness, well-being, creating the life you want and so much more follow Wishful Thinking Works or “Like” us on Facebook.

Each and every one of the above Wishful Thinking Works options can help you create the life you really want. Pick one, and go for it!

Mother and Daughter Flourishing Together Workshop: Cleveland, Ohio

M and D Workshop Banner OhioJoin us at Cleveland’s first “Flourishing Together” workshop specifically designed for mothers (aunts or grandmas) and their daughters, nieces or granddaughters ages 9-12 to encourage the girls to celebrate who they are, to boost their self-esteem, to strengthen the bond between mom and daughter and to have fun!

When: Saturday, April 27th, 1-4pm

Where: River’s Edge 3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44111

Cost: $65 per pair (mother/daughter) and $30 each additional daughter. Limited seating: book today!

Visit Reflect Who I Am to register today!

“We want every girl to love who she sees in  mirror. We not only want to inspire girls, we want to awaken them to their true selves, and with your help we can do it.”    Reflect Who I Am

The 3-hour workshop is crafted with guidance and activities that will not only  create lasting memories for you and your daughter, niece or granddaughter, but will plant seeds for  continued growth. You will each gain a deeper understanding of your potential  and will create a stronger bond while enjoying combined activities and learning  take-away-tips to keep the confidence and connection going and growing in the  years ahead.

Each participating daughter will also receive an “I am beautiful” t-shirt.

“Our lives are filled with an infinite array of possibilities. What we choose to see becomes our experience. What  we focus on will grow. Reflect Who I Am wants to remind girls everywhere that they are who they see in the mirror.  They reflect the beauty, the courage and the brilliance that is within them.”    Reflect Who I Am

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Our presenter: Patrice Koerper, personal and professional coach and blogger @ Wishful Thinking Works. Patrice has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and has served in the United States Peace Corps. She has published articles on raising confident children and ran a hugely successful summer camp in the Tampa, FL area for tweens.

Asking, listening

Monday morning reflection . . .

“… the more confident of their abilities that persons are the less they feel compelled to tell others of their achievement” a quote from Dr. Ben Carson, in his book, “Think Big: Unleashing Your POTENTIAL for EXCELLENCE.”

I know that, but sometimes I forget it.

You see, sometimes I find myself in situations where I feel I have to justify my existence or something I have done or am doing by explaining, who I am and what I am doing with my life, and then I end-up talking too much, or rambling, (yes, just like now) or maybe saying something silly, or well, stupid, and that’s silly, because I’m not stupid.   :-)

How does that happen? 

My perfect life scenario is one in which I go through an entire party or gathering without ever talking about myself. I simply ask and listen, ask and listen.

My perfect life is me doing that forever.  Asking, listening, asking, listening.

So far it hasn’t happened, but I am confident it will, and when it does, I won’t even have to mention it.

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