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Business 25 March 2018
It's never too early to teach girls the power of being a woman and showing them the steps they need to take to be as successful as possible. GiRLiFE, a company created by Melody Pourmoradi, has not only made empowering girls simple but it also allows women to earn an income while doing it!
The business provides girls with enriching educational programs and activities, like nutrition workshops and fun crafts to do, that anyone who wants to can host. Pourmoradi, inspired by her twin daughters and her own childhood, wanted more ways to show girls the power that lies inside of them, so she decided to start her workshopping empowerment company, GiRLiFE. We chatted with her to answer all of our burning questions about this almost 'too good to be real' business.
I felt a very deep calling to introduce young girls to empowerment principles from a young age that could change the course of their lives for the better.
1. Can you explain to us how GiRLiFE works?
Sure! GiRLiFE is a digital training that gives passionate women across the globe access to an exclusive girls empowerment curriculum, one that enables them to create their own successful GiRLiFE group in their community.
2. How does GiRLiFE get women involved in running these empowerment workshops?
We welcome women who are looking to create a positive impact on the future generation of women to join our mission. Through our digital platform, facilitators have access to unique lesson plans, nutrition projects, crafts illustrating each workshop theme, resource lists etc. We essentially provide them with the A-Z of what they will need to get up and running as a facilitator.
3. Can anyone get involved in GiRLiFE or is there a criteria people have to meet?
In essence, to become a GiRLiFE facilitator, our criteria are that you are a woman who feels a deep calling to introduce young girls to tools that will support them to move gracefully and mindfully through their lives. The training gives women the confidence and the know-how that they need to step into their own power while empowering their local girls.
4. How many workshops have been done?
I have piloted dozens of workshops in my own community. To date, we have 30+ facilitators across North America and Asia sharing the GiRLiFE message on a weekly basis in their hometowns.
5. What do girls learn during the workshops?
The girls learn that they each have many unique super-powers inside of them. They are taught to access their own inner wisdom, to use gratitude to positively shape their lives and to truly understand that they are brilliant and powerful beyond measure...each in their own unique way. Workshop themes include: Kindness Rocks, Intuition & Finding Your Voice, Meditation, Happiness is a Choice I Make..among many others.
The girls learn that they each have many unique super-powers inside of them. Photo Courtesy of White House Black Market
6. How much do the workshops cost and what benefits do girls get with their payments?
Workshops are approximately $40 for a two-hour session. Girls walk away with A) a group of like-minded friends B) the understanding that the power to create a fun-filled and positive life is already within each of them C) the knowledge that the thoughts they feed their minds, along with the foods they choose to feed their bodies, impact their overall well being.
7. What made you think of GiRLiFE?
After struggling with anxiety and feelings of not being “good enough" in my own girlhood, and having twin daughters myself, I felt a very deep calling to introduce young girls to empowerment principles from a young age that could change the course of their lives for the better. I have worked as a women's life & wellness coach for the last ten years and in my experience, as grown women, we are working towards unlearning fears that were unconsciously placed upon us as children. Setting young girls up with a solid foundation that gives them access to their own authentic self is paramount so that they do not need to spend their adult years uncovering layers of societal demands and constraints that were placed upon them and made them forget who they truly are.
Now more than ever, our future generation of women needs to know how to use their voices and own their power. Photo Courtesy of White House Black Market
8. What do you hope to see for the future of GiRLiFE?
My goal is to see multiple GiRLiFE workshops in every community across the globe. Now more than ever, our future generation of women needs to know how to use their voices and own their power.
9. What is the ultimate goal you have for the company?
My ultimate goal for the company is to see the curriculum expand even further (we just launched part two of the series this past month!) while growing our audience through different mediums such as books, podcasts and other helpful tools to support young girls through every stage of their lives.
10. What struggles have you faced with starting GiRLiFE?
One of my biggest struggles in creating this platform is that it was difficult to effectively share my vision others. The business model is unique in nature because while we are striving to bring empowerment to young girls, we are also aiming to financially and personally empower the women who become facilitators for the GiRLiFE program. Not only are these women nurturing their own inner child with these principles, but they are being compensated for the good work they are putting out into the world.
11. What has been the most rewarding part of creating GiRLiFE?
There have been so many rewarding components to beginning this journey. Hearing from parents who share that their daughter has used her GiRLiFE tools to move through anxiety, school pressures, and other fears is really a full circle moment for me. Also, having my facilitators share with me that doing this work has elevated them and given them a new sense of purpose is meaningful to me in a way that is difficult to put into words.
12. What advice do you have for girls who want to start their own companies?
I would tell them this: “know and believe that any idea that you have ever imagined can and will come to life if you believe in your own power and take the steps to making this dream a reality. It's all inside of you! The world needs that special brand of magic that only you can share."
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With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.
When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times.
Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan
Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.
Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on the table for this coming fall and winter; if your gym closes again, what is your plan? If outdoor exercising is not an option due to the weather, what is your plan? Leaving things to chance will significantly increase your chances of falling off of your regimen and will make consistency a big problem.
The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C.
Tip 2: Stay active for both mental and physical health benefits
The rise of stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. Staying active by exercising helps alleviate stress by releasing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in your brain. In turn, these released chemicals can help improve your mood and even reduce risk of depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, physical activity can help boost your immune system and provide long term health benefits.
With the new work-from-home norm, it can be easy to bypass how much time you are spending sedentary. Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity. Struggling to find ways to stay active? Start simple with activities like going for a walk outside, doing a few reps in exchange for extra Netflix time, or even setting an alarm to move during your workday.
Tip 3: Start slow and strong
If you, like many others during the pandemic shift, have taken some time off of your normal fitness routine, don't push yourself to dive in head first, as this may lead to burnout, injury, and soreness. Plan to start at 50 percent of the volume and intensity of prior workouts when you return to the gym. Inactivity eats away at muscle mass, so rather than focusing on cardio, head to the weights or resistance bands and work on rebuilding your strength.
Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity.
Tip 4: If your gym is open, prepare to sanitize
In a study published earlier this year, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria, the flu virus, and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in multiple athletic training facilities. Even with heightened gym cleaning procedures in place for many facilities, if you are returning to the gym, ensuring that you disinfect any surfaces before and after using them is key.
When spraying disinfectant, wait a few minutes to kill the germs before wiping down the equipment. Also, don't forget to wash your hands frequently. In an enclosed space where many people are breathing heavier than usual, this can allow for a possible increase in virus droplets, so make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Staying in the know and preparing for new gym policies will make it easy to return to these types of facilities as protocols and mutual respect can be agreed upon.
Tip 5: Have a good routine that extends outside of just your fitness
From work to working out, many routines have faltered during the COVID pandemic. If getting back into the routine seems daunting, investing in a new exercise machine, trainer, or small gadget can help to motivate you. Whether it's a larger investment such as a Peloton, a smaller device such as a Fitbit, or simply a great trainer, something new and fresh is always a great stimulus and motivator.
Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine.
Just because you are working from home with a computer available 24/7 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your entire day to work. Setting work hours, just as you would in the office, can help you to stay focused and productive.
A good night's sleep is also integral to obtaining and maintaining a healthy and effective routine. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing, so prioritizing your sleep schedule can drastically improve your day and is an important factor to staying healthy. Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine. This can help the rest of your day feel normal while the uncertainty of working from home continues.
Tip 6: Focus on food and nutrition
In addition to having a well-rounded daily routine, eating at scheduled times throughout the day can help decrease poor food choices and unhealthy cravings. Understanding the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy can help you stay more alert, but they do vary from person to person. If you are unsure of your suggested nutritional intake, check out a nutrition calculator.
If you are someone that prefers smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day, make sure you have plenty of healthy options, like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins available (an apple a day keeps the hospital away). While you may spend most of your time from home, meal prepping and planning can make your day flow easier without having to take a break to make an entire meal in the middle of your work day. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Tip 7: Don't forget about your mental health
While focusing on daily habits and routines to improve your physical health is important, it is also a great time to turn inward and check in with yourself. Perhaps your anxiety has increased and it's impacting your work or day-to-day life. Determining the cause and taking proactive steps toward mitigating these occurrences are important.
For example, with the increase in handwashing, this can also be a great time to practice mini meditation sessions by focusing on taking deep breaths. This can reduce anxiety and even lower your blood pressure. Keeping a journal and writing out your daily thoughts or worries can also help manage stress during unpredictable times, too.
While the future of COVI9-19 and our lives may be unpredictable, you can manage your personal uncertainties by focusing on improving the lifestyle factors you can control—from staying active to having a routine and focusing on your mental health—to make sure that you emerge from this pandemic as your same old self or maybe even better.