In this Episode:
How do you develop an app on your own when you have no prior experience programming? Well today’s guest, Maria Fuller, did just that after research she found on a google search on how to create an app! That is some serious determination. Maria is the Founder of the Empowered Girl App for Clever, Creative and Inquisitive Girls which is what we discuss today. She is also the Founder and Thought Leader behind raisingapowerfulgirl.com, whose mission is to foster Independence, Leadership and Strong Personal Identity in Girls so they can change the world. We discuss why Maria decided to start this platform and the steps she took to create it. If you ever wanted to create an app you’ll learn some interesting tips, including why she chose not to sell it on iTunes. Maria is a contributing writer to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global and her work has been featured on numerous online publications and summits including google and yahoo news.
Maria has always been passionate about using her voice in a male dominated world as she began her career as a paramedic.
A self-proclaimed “non-techie”, Maria figured out how to develop her app 100% on her own, and continues to expand it by herself. As a result, she created her own company to empower girls.
Maria believes that the change we need to see in this world begins with raising a powerful girl, and that means equipping them with the tools they need to navigate life. For instance, by learning skills like meditation, girls learn coping skills at a young age.
With a rising rate of anxiety and depression in girls, Maria understands through her research and her own experience that teaching personal development skills at an early are a great first step towards empowering girls.
We discuss why Maria believes that all girls should understand and have healthy self-care practices in place for taking care of not only their bodies but their minds and spirit as well.
We discuss how she has brought on powerful role models for the girls including Victoria Arlen, a recent contestant on Dancing with the Stars and how her story helped empower her own daughter to find better friends without the drama.
It took her 6 weeks to develop the app, 60-70 hours a week. Maria decided not to put it on Apple and Google after she learned that kids wouldn’t be able to access it the way she wanted and didn’t want to share the percentage that Apple takes on all sales.
All you need is one good friend. Surround yourself with positive people.
3 Best Actionable Tips:
- Get in touch with your authentic self and do some soul searching. Ask yourself “When you were 9 years old what was your spirit like? What did you change about yourself and maybe not for the better? Rediscover who you are so you can reconnect with your intuition.
- Stop second guessing yourself and tune into your intuition.
- Talk to yourself the way you would console a child or friend and give yourself the self-love and grace you deserve.
This episode was sponsored by Design a Life You Love, A Woman’s Guide to Living a Happier and More Fulfilled Life. My book includes 52 inspirations, one for every week of the year, each with practical tips to guide you to self-love and success on your own terms. It’s a short book that you can read in about an hour, but includes life lessons that will last a lifetime.
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