As summer changes to fall, and the weather gets crisp, and the days get shorter, we head into a month filled with pink ribbons and strong women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while my plans for the blog this month don't focus specifically on breast cancer, they do focus on strong women.
This month I will feature a different GIRL EMPOWERER each week! I know some amazing ladies, whether they are across the street, or across the country, and I am really excited to share them with you. My hope is that they inspire you, as they have inspired me, and that they can offer you a few tips and resources to help you on your own journey, to empower the teen and tween girls in your life. Each woman will get the same 5 questions, but will share her own unique story and vision with you.
So let's get started!
We're starting this journey off with a new friend of mine, a woman who came across my computer screen one day earlier this year, and immediately captivated me with her heart for teen girls. I quickly reached out and we connected instantly. We share the same values, the same visions, the same heart to empower the teen girls in our lives.
Let me introduce you to Samary Polnett, founder of the organizations, Beauty Is You, and Path To Purpose, wife and mom to four (including 1 year old twins!), Connecticut resident, and girl and woman empowerer!
You're going to LOVE her!
1. Share your story with us. How did you arrive at Path To Purpose and Beauty Is You?
My story is not too different from others. I started both my nonprofit and my business as part of my passion in life and my experiences that have led me to where I am now. The last 7 years I have worked as a School Counselor and Psychotherapist. Working with middle school students, particularly girls, helped me realize more and more the need for girls to have mentors and role models who they can connect with on a 1:1 level. Out of this need Beauty is You was birthed. The organization started out as a simple project highlighting community women who are empowering and inspiring the community. Over the last 5 years it has evolved to something more. Beauty is You has taken a life on its own! We bring workshops and events to the community, as well as to local middle schools, high schools and after-school programs. We continue to empower, inspire and motivate the girls, teens and women in the community!
Path to Purpose is my newest “baby”. I am a mom (of 4) including 1 year old twins. After going on maternity leave, I decided not to return to my full time position as a counselor. I have always had the idea of including coaching as part of my practice and working with individuals in finding fulfillment in their lives. I started Path to Purpose last December. In the last year of starting my business, I have coached over 15 women, varying in ages and stages in their lives. I am passionate about working with moms, caregivers, and those who are always putting others needs first before their own. My mission is to help them reignate their goals and life dreams, and work on themselves without feeling the overwhelm of sacrificing everything to have a family and purpose in life. I am building my business and adding different services and always thinking of ways that I can help and reach women to achieve their full potential.
2. What would you say is your passion in business (and in life)?
In both Beauty is You & Path to Purpose, my mission is always to empower, inspire and motivate. I find happiness and my own fulfillment when I am helping others accomplish their goals, be more confident in themselves and their dreams, and live their best lives.
3. What is one important key to empowering our daughters, particularly our teen girls?
I think an important key to empowering teen girls is being a great role model. When we show our youth how confident and determined we are to do something positive to work on our goals and not give up, it gives them an example of how they can also be (regardless of what society and social media tells them).
4. What one tip could you share with “girl moms” out there?
A tip for moms, STOP criticizing yourself! We all have imperfections, we all have our own insecurities, BUT the more we focus on that, the less we can spend time building ourselves and building our girls, our next generation of women, who we want to be confident in themselves, in their skin, making positive choices based on the good that will come out of it versus the feeling of necessity.
5. Could you share a favorite resource with our “girl moms”? Maybe a favorite book, podcast, or program?