Today we’d like to introduce you to Aimee.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Aimee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always been passionate about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and self, social, and emotional wellness. Over 15 years ago, while in my graduate studies, I wrote a thesis about incorporating emotional wellness as young as possible. My thought was if we plant that seed early, then we can water it a little every day and it can grow into something powerful. The Girl Uplifters Team™ and – soon – the Great Uplifters Team™ finally puts that passion and dream into reality.
The idea happened kind of all at once (about a year ago) and was truly inspired by my daughters: Olivia (9) and Maya (7). I saw pretty quickly how girls can be unkind to themselves, and each other, at an early age. I began to brainstorm about how we can all be more uplifting towards ourselves and others. I felt that my daughters were in need of some guidance other than from me and also wanted to have some family time that allowed us to connect in a more profound way. I searched around for it and couldn’t find it, so I thought, “Oh well, guess I need to create it!”
My girls have been excited about it from the start. I ask them for their input, and what they think would be good to teach. They help me with the format and activities for the events, they helped me to come up with the feather concept, and the name. We all agreed that the main goal was to help every little girl (and eventually every person) feel as if we are all part of the same team.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I was overwhelmed with the response that we got when I first put the word out about the G.U.T. SO MANY mothers and parents feel the way that I do: the desire to raise an emotionally intelligent, kind, confident, and uplifting child. There are very few women I have spoken to that did not struggle at some point in their tween and teen years with the “mean girl”. Some of them were the actual mean girl. But we all knew that no matter which side of the mean girl you were on – it stemmed from not knowing how to take care of the yucky emotions when they came up.
So – getting support from those who heard about the G.U.T was not a struggle. However, the keywords are “those who heard about the G.U.T”. I would say THAT is my biggest struggle: getting the word out and spreading the message. We have basically no budget – so all we do is through word of mouth. I trust that will change and we hope to create the G.U.T on a global scale!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
What do I do? I provide information, workshops, and events that support young girls and their families with uplifting themselves, and others through increasing Emotional Intelligence and self, social, and emotional wellness.
I specialize in: doing the above by creating a curriculum that is fun, educational, and holistic (incorporates the mind and the body).
I am known for: dressing as a superhero, 🙂 and really have a passion for educating and creating a practice of Emotional Intelligence. My business name is called The Growth Vigilante™ because I strongly believe in the empowerment of being vigilant about one’s personal growth.
I am most proud of two things: 1) the sense of teamwork we are creating on a larger scale. I’ve had three events so far, and I see people connecting. I see messages sinking in. I can feel the hope and inspiration spreading. I am proud that EVERYONE is invited to be part of the G.U.T – all shapes and sizes. All cultures. The shy, the sensitive, the insecure. Those who are looking for their “people”. Those who have felt excluded. Every person has a place with us. We are truly part of the same team.
The second thing I’m most proud of is also what I feel sets us apart from others: Our primary focus on Emotional Intelligence and how that relates to self-care and self-love, social awareness and relationships as a whole, and the overall influence it has on the child’s success in all parts of life. EQ supports a human with resiliency and stress care – two things that can really support a person with some of the biggest challenges we face in life, from completing a tough assignment – to a breakup – to grief and loss.
As an individual, it is unique that I have over 15 years of training and experience in both traditional and holistic counseling, which I incorporate into all I do with the G.U.T!
What were you like growing up?
Personality wise: I grew up in a pretty chaotic and tension-filled household. Still, I can remember throughout my whole life wanting to make people smile. Even though the toughest times. I loved cheering people up and making others feel good. I’ve been told I haven’t changed that much, so I kind of feel that uplifting others is a superpower of mine. That is why I dress as an “Uplifter Super Hero” at the G.U.T Gatherings.
I can be pretty stubborn and steadfast. Most of that time that is channeled into something empowering like the G.U.T:)
Interest-wise: I have always been a team-oriented, creative. I loved all sports, all types of creativity (art, music, theatre) – they helped to keep me positive and inspired. I have played on team sports since I was 11. I still do! I have always found so much value in a sense of teamwork and community.
- Address: 10951 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 2G, San Diego, CA 92121
- Website: www.girlupliftersteam.com
- Phone: 7608033600
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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