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Moms Experiencing Radical Change With Melinda Rae

The Girls in Power “programs” have touched the lives of many young girls, women and parents.

Struggling as a teen, I desired to “feel heard and matter” to the world and others around me. I desired to change my negative thinking, worry, and regret, feelings of shame and worthlessness; after so many years of poor decision making, failed relationships, afflictions and internal struggles.

My quest of re-programming my negative thinking, calming my spirit and desiring to love myself, accept myself and to connect to my purpose was the path that lead me to delivering the Girls in Power workshop series to young girls. Young girls have had success with finding a “new confidence, inner peace, emotional stability and the desire to pursue passions; as well to be able to handle the stress of everyday life; incluMom and Daughterding their bullies.”

Even with this success, I thought about long term success. The idea of adding “Mothers” to this picture filled me with more hope; as I believe if Mothers were to experience the Girls in Power workshops; then true and permanent transformation would take place and new and strong bonds would be formed.

This past spring, that is exactly what happened. Moms experienced radical change; transforming the way they handled life and how they experienced their loving and supportive bond with their daughters.

Mom’s completed the program with saying, “I had a major transformation; I feel equipped now, happy to start my day with joy and excitement as well as beginning to see new possibilities.” Mom’s stated, “My relationship with my daughter blossomed and we share a new special bond.”Talking Stick

Additionally, parents felt, relief and a new sense of confidence in their daughters and of their own ability to parent with love, faith and positive solutions.” We have witnessed changed attitudes and grateful hearts filled with peace and contentment.

Wow, isn’t this refreshing news?

I think so, and guess what I did next? I started AskMelindaRae.com  and I am delivering a life-changing coaching program to women. I have taken all the success and knowledge I have learned from the Girls in Power programs for tweens and teens and Mother’s and Daughter’s which I am now providing ALL women the opportunity to find inner peace, freedom to live with joy and contentment, as well as new skills to handle the stress, fear and worry. Women are reaching success in their life with applying valuable tools that I teach them to use, and women are ignited to change the way they manage and look at life.

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Joint Venture Empowers Community Members in Conejo Valley

What a difference a year makes.

A year ago I was getting ready to launch Girls in Power workshops at the Conejo Valley YMCA. Our success with equipping girls and mothers with self-value, self-respect and empowerment was possible because of that partnership. YMCA helped Girls in Power lay a strong foundation in 2012 by allowing us to use their facility to operate our flagship “Program” for girls’ ages 8-16 years old.

Today, I rejoice with announcing the partnership between YogaWorks of Westlake Village, CA and Girls in Power.

mike-yogaworksAfter sitting down with the President/CEO Phil Swain and RVP Mike Leonard and sharing the Girls in Power vision and mission it became apparent we would be able to expand our reach by offering more workshops per week and have the ability to serve more girls and families.

Many women have asked me when I will have a program for the “big girls?” GIP recognizes the need for all people to have access to the Girls in Power programming. My wish has always been to have the ability to provide more services to our community with the possibility of national expansion. YogaWorks has made that possible. YogaWorks has provided the space to run girl’s workshops, women workshops and parent workshops. We are excited to announce on March 17, Girls in Power will launch tween workshops for girls ages 9-12 and parent workshops; open to parents of pre-teen and teen-aged daughters. In April, Girls in Power for Women will launch Let’s Talk: Inspire the Girl Inside” skill-building workshops to help women connect with their hearts and find inner strength to develop their own identity, inspirations, and passions.”

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YogaWorks, built on a strong business foundation of “never compromising quality and integrity; the cornerstone of their company, teacher training, and programs” is “nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains just a few minutes from Malibu’s beaches, Westlake Village is an outdoorsy community with cycling paths, miles of hiking and nature trails, golf courses and even a lake for small boats.”

We have locked arms with YogaWorks who has a similar mission to the GIP Foundation, Inc. which is “to honor and embrace each student’s search for personal growth, wellbeing, and fulfillment by offering the highest quality yoga programs to people of all ages and from all walks of life.” GIP Foundation has the mission “to uplift, empower, teach, and support at risk female adults, teens, and children so that they can become emotionally, physically, and financially self-reliant in order to become mindful contributors to their communities and to promote these activities of the corporation throughout the communities where it will operate.”

YogaWorks exemplifies their corporate responsibility by using an approach which is “safe, compassionate and skillful teaching.”
One thing you will hear me saying is “with the support of others we will be “powerful” collectively; to provide more programs and impact our teens to increase self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem. A perfect match has been made with YogaWorks who believes, “the power of many is greater than the power of one.”


People have high expectations that companies should act responsibly. A business must satisfy the first rule which is “to do no harm” and if this is not done then no amount of stewardship, giving or employee volunteerism will make a difference or even matter. Girls in Power believes YogaWorks is perfectly lined up with a successful track record for ensuring customers have fun, learn from well-trained teachers, leading from honesty, integrity and respect and as well as they desire to continue to create an environment where everyone grows.

Tweens Meet-Up GIP Club @ Yogaworks Westlake Village

Begins March 19th
(9-10-11-12 years of age)
Tuesday 4:30-6:30pm
Parent Information March 12th 6pm-7pm
Dates Biweekly GIP Club meetings for GIRLS: Tuesday’s @ 4:30-6:30pm–Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 16, Apr 30, May 14
Dates Biweekly GIP Chat Time for GIRLS: Tuesday’s @ 5:30-6:30pm–March 26, April 9, April 23, May 7

LIVE Event 1 – Sunday, March 17, 1pm – 5:30pm
Kick-Off Moms/Daughters skill-building workshops

LIVE Event 2 – Sunday, April 14, 1pm – 5:30pm
Girls (only) skill-building workshops/bonding/Peer Role Models-

LIVE Event 3 – Saturday May 18, 11am – 4pm Moms/Daughters skill-building workshops & graduation

NEW GIP Leadership and Empowerment Teen Workshops – Meet at Yogaworks Westlake Village
GIP assisted by the TO Youth Commission
Location: Yogaworks
2475 Townsgate Road Westlake Village

(13-16 years)
Limited to 10 girls
Monday 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Parent Information Meeting April 18
Dates: (April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16 (Special event: Civic Arts Plaza), and May 23, May 30, June 6)
Graduation June 6

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Do you dream? I mean, do you imagine what you want to be in life?

When someone asks you, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” do you answer honestly, or do you tell them what you think is appropriate?

When I get asked, “Melinda Rae, what do you want to be when you grow up, I say, I want to be a ‘Rockstar’.” This does not mean, I literally want to be on a stage with a guitar, singing and thrashing my head around. Rather, this means I want to SHINE and do amazing things in my life. I want to be BIG and make a dent in our universe. I want be my BEST and feel like a bright STAR in my life; feeling capable, empowering and inspiring others.

Using moments to dream, imagine and the time to allow yourself to desire grand and big hopes and passions are all important to living with satisfaction and joy.

If you focus on what you feel like you have failed at, a failed marriage, a failed relationship, or you focus on your losses or a lost job, then those will be the things you continue to attract. So rather than focusing on the negative, focus on the positive and on your dreams.

You were created with a wonderful imagination. Begin to allow yourself to use your imagination to illuminate your goals and desires; therefore you will bring your dreams into your reality.

I often teach and use a popular template, S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) as a starting point with goal setting. I add an “I” for inspiration and make sure my goal is relevant and is inspiring to me.

I incorporate using language that is inspiring and motivating!

Your goal should have intention and express who you are, rather than a mindset of “fixing” something. I found when I first allowed myself to dream “BIG” and I allowed myself to be deserving. I was really helping myself achieve “my dreams.”

There is a purpose to clarifying all the factors that play a role in the attainment of your goal right from the start. Your chances of success are increased because once you are clear about what we want to achieve, then you are already half-way to achieving it.

In Empower Your Girl I share, “Turning your vision into reality, overcoming your difficult circumstances, or finding your purpose depends on learning how to make the best of your life in every moment and to focus on attracting the things you want in life; however I find when I take my goals, vision and mission and create a vision board using it every day, to attract the things I DO want in my life I attain everything I believe in and I desire. Do you want to take the next step? If so, manifest what want you dream, desire, want and crave by creating a vision board” (Crown, 2012). Empower Your Girl

Directions to create a vision board:
1. “What is” a Vision Board (see my example).

Vision Board 2013 blog

2. Use images, scriptures, words which have special and intentional/purposeful meaning or lists be used?
3. Begin with your S.M.A.R.T. I. template, Personal Goal Sheet/Daily Habits (covered in my book, Empower Your Girl) and Wheel of Life/a wheel of your priorities.
4. Look through magazines, color, draw, write and glue your images down on poster board at least 11 x 14 size.
5. Add goals, mission and create your vision on a board.
6. Use your Daily Habit List to help you each day feel a sense of accomplishment , place your vision board where you can see it, take a picture of it and place on your phone/screen saver and review your board consistently.

Watch YOUR VISIONS come to life in the next few months.

“The idea behind this is, I found when I surround myself with images of want I want to become, what I want to have and do, where I want to live, or where I want to vacation, my life changes to match those images and those desires. You will find that what you focus on will expand. I use the law of attraction, along with prayer and petition, thankfulness and gratitude, living in the moment and accepting myself, to attract my desires and turn them into reality” (Crown, 2012).

Melinda’s “Top Secret” No. 2

I use my mission, vision, priorities wheel, daily habits to create a vision board and I place it in my home where I see it every day; use this board to guide your life in a positive direction.

When I visualize and focus on the goals I set for myself on a regular basis, all comes to pass.

Put what you want to happen in your life, front of your mind.