Hi! I’m Mauri. Let me tell you a story about a little girl I once knew…
There once was a little girl who was afraid to be her self. With brown ringlet curls, a short, curvy build and freckled olive skin, she looked starkly different than her tall, beach-blonde friends. Her loud, raspy voice sounded different. Her big dreams and wild imagination made her think differently. A high achiever, too smart for her own good, and a perfectionist by default, her greatest fear was failing. She did everything she could to get out of P.E., so she wouldn’t embarrass herself. She starved herself so she could change her body, although eating disorders just served as a false sense of control for her in a world so seemingly out of control around her. She grew up in a family of lawyers and doctors, followed their prescriptions for “success,” but she soon found that their traditional path to “security” wasn’t bringing her any security at all. After fighting against her true calling for years, she discovered that happiness would only be found by creating her own definition of it for herself. She became a karate teacher, impacting the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of children. She taught kindness and compassion, inspired courage, integrity and perseverance, and she watched families transform alongside their children. She witnessed young people who were previously diagnosed with disabilities become outstanding leaders in their communities. She helped children with leukemia grow stronger than the disease. She became a competitive athlete and coach. A little girl, once terrified of even having her picture taken, voluntarily became a fitness model for female-owned and operated brands based on self-love, and enjoyed it. She even shared her story on National TV as an athlete on Million Dollar Mile! That little girl grew up and created a unique workshop and classes to teach other little girls how to find their voices, how to have the courage to be themselves, and how to celebrate their strength and power, inside and out.
That little girl was me. I have learned that having courage does not mean eliminating your fears. True courage is not the absence of fear, but instead, that it is being brave enough to admit and face what you are afraid of: to
feel the fear and do it anyway. I have learned that confidence is not innate, but rather, it is a skill that is developed and honed through repeatedly listening to and trusting your self. I now know that connection to others begins with my connection to my self.
Inspired and fueled by my past experiences, my Girls emPOWERment Experience is changing the world, one young woman, one leader at a time.
I want every girl and every person to know that their super power is believing in their self. Together, we can upLIFT, INspire and emPOWER every girl and every one to discover and embrace how to be your own hero.
Girls emPOWERment is not just a class, workshop or seminar, it is a life-changing Experience. The Girls emPOWERment Experience teaches each girl to have the courage to BE her unique self and to LOVE her self.
Each Experience is uniquely designed to connect, uplift, and inspire girls by combining emPOWERing fitness and self-defense with yoga, self-reflection, creative art projects, meditation, exploring handstands, nutrition, and journaling galore!
In a safe, supportive space, each girl will have an opportunity to shine as a leader, share in meaningful discussions,
and she will leave
radiating love and strength inside and out!