The verdict is in: StitchCharities’ Empowerment Workshops are a huge success! Quick recap: we’ve teamed up with Microsoft – and a host of dynamic women leaders in the St. Louis community – to present our innovative and interactive workshop series. They’re designed to empower high school girls to embrace their own beauty while giving them the opportunity to dive further into the world of technology and we couldn’t be prouder of the workshop participants!
No doubt you’ve read the interviews we’ve already done with our inspiring workshop leaders (who doesn’t want to hear about inspiring women?!) Well into our next round of classes, we’re pleased to continue showcasing interviews with several more amazing facilitators.
Allow us to introduce you to Marlie Love, a professional Life Coach who specializes in helping professional millennial’s “embrace their worth and step into their life purpose by unleashing their hidden potential.”
Marlie was once a professional millennial that didn’t know her worth and purpose and she resolved to change that.
Before Marlie knew it, she was stepping into her purpose and left her corporate job to begin life coaching. She realized there were many others out there just like her, professional millennials that didn’t know who they were in God’s eyes. She then knew that was her mission: help professional millennial’s find their life purpose! It was a dream come true!
In the interview below, Marlie talks about finding her purpose and her desire to change the world in a positive way!
Q: Marlie, what made you decide to be a part of this project?
A: I love the mission of the Stitch, the Stitch Charities, and Embrace your Own Beauty. I love to be able to help young girls and young women embrace who they truly are… and that’s BEAUTIFUL!!
Q: What motivated you to start your own business?
A: What motivated me to start my own business was I wanted freedom. That freedom to change the world in the most positive way I could do it. I was working in the corporate world, and I realized I couldn’t do what I was made to do there. I needed to be free and able to reach women and men all over the world.
Q: What was high school like for you?
A: I had the typical experience in high school. I had friends. Played some sports, dabbled in extracurricular activities, had a part-time job. I really enjoyed high school. I grew a lot in those four years.
Q: What do you wish you’d known back then?
A: I wish I knew that I could do anything I put my mind to. I succumbed to peer pressure at times, and that caused me to doubt myself and my natural abilities. If I thought I wouldn’t be able to be good at something, I wouldn’t try out for it. I realize that mentality stopped me from reaching my full potential, and I was just settling.
Q: At theStitch, we’re all about empowering women and girls to embrace their own beauty. How do you deal handle self-doubts and uncertainty?
A: I handle self-doubts and uncertainty by using positive speaking and knowing the truth. The truth is that all of us are made beautifully and have a special unique purpose that only we can do. So, if I’m ever doubting myself, I remember that I was made for this, so I can do it. I also use positive speaking if I have those negative thoughts. So, even if my mind tells me I can’t do something, I’ll say out loud “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” or “I am fulfilling my purpose.” Or “I am successful”. We don’t have to believe the negative things that our mind tells us. If we use our words, we can overcome those thoughts. I teach my life coaching clients that too. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to get rid of self-doubt!
Q: Any advice for teen girls interested in starting their own business?
A: My advice for teen girls interested in starting their own business is to create your vision now. What I mean is, write out what type of business you want to have. Write how you want to help people. Write every little detail you can about your business. When you write things out, it’s a lot easier to put that plan into action. Plus, you can always go back and look at your original vision to make sure you’re following the plan you intended.
Q: What message do you want girls to take away from the EYOB workshops?
A: I want the girls at the EYOB workshops to know that we all have those thoughts that we aren’t good enough, BUT it doesn’t have to stop you from going after your dreams. We are all beautiful, wonderful, loving, magnificent, amazing, and one-of-a-kind! So, go out and do what only you can do, so you can change the world!
Q: Why do you think it’s important for young girls to have self-love and how have you been able to get that for yourself?
A: It’s so important for young girls to have self-love, because when you love who you are at a young age, you won’t have to go through the turmoil of not loving yourself. When you don’t love who you are, you don’t care what others do to you too. That can cause a lot of pain that may never go away. So, the younger they can love who they are, the better! I finally began to love myself when I understood who I was and my purpose in this world. I grew my relationship with Jesus and understood what it really meant to be a Christian; that helped me understand my identity. If God loves me, I should love myself, and in turn, I can love all people too.
Q: How has it helped you become the women you’ve become today?
A: It has helped me become the woman I am today, because I can see when others are in my shoes. I have compassion and empathy for them and want to help them be who they truly are. I am so much more loving, forgiving, and I rarely if ever get offended anymore. I love all people and that’s because I learned to love who I am.
Thanks, Marlie, for sharing your thoughts with us today!
You can learn more about Marlie Love by clicking here
To find out how to be a part of EYOB Empowerment Workshops click here
Each of the workshops are held at the Microsoft Store located in the St. Louis Galleria Mall.
Workshops are sponsored by theStitch.com to learn more click here