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Young people reflect on how to become their ‘best self’

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Young people are seeing themselves in a more positive light and becoming their ‘best self’ thanks to a business venture formed by two friends who decided to follow their true vocation.

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Elizabeth McCulloch, a mother of four teenage girls, believes the most important role in her life is to love and educate her girls to be the best they can be. While completing a Diploma in Counselling, specialising in Child Development and Family Therapy, the offering of the same ideas to empower other young people has been a dream of Elizabeth’s for a long time.

Gayna, her friend of more than 25 years, is a successful business and personal life coach. Discovering they both shared many common interests and ideas, they most importantly shared ‘the care factor’. Over the years, the possibility to make a real positive difference to young people was continuously discussed in great length, when one day Gayna decided to join Elizabeth and together the idea became a reality.

“We were inspired to create a company which engages, strengthens and enriches the lives of young people through learning and creating awareness and in 2016 ‘Mirror Mirror & Co’ was formed,” said Elizabeth.

The motto ‘The me I see is the me I will be’ was developed by the company to reflect its mission to inspire young people to see themselves in a more positive light.

“In order for a mirror to cast a reflection, it requires light. When we see our own reflection it should be seen in a positive light. We believe everyone is a mirror and that our beliefs, qualities and actions are all reflected back to ourselves as well as to those around us,” said Elizabeth.

“Our message is simply ‘be your best self’. We want all young people to feel empowered and learn something about themselves and to know that they can be the change they want to see in their lives.

“This works to build, strengthen and draw upon the quality of self-belief, encouraging self-improvement and personal growth. We also work to help participants to have confidence in who they are and their ability to be the best they can be,” said Gayna.

Their key focus is to engage with young people from all backgrounds in a safe and inclusive environment.

“We really enjoy taking our workshops into public and private schools, including Star of the Sea School, and being a client of the Henley parish hall facility for our private workshops. We have also received great feedback from Carers SA Western Metro for the workshop we conducted for their young carers,” Elizabeth said.

“We live in a society where there is a strong emphasis on individualism and perfection, image and superficiality, which is setting a precedence over all else. We discuss a very wide range of thinking and ideas that challenge our society.

“We share the value of respect for one’s self and others based on a positive model for self-esteem, self-worth and self-love. All workshop content is researched, trialled, and scientifically based. We also include a very important element, FUN!” said Gayna.

The ‘Power of Vision Boarding’ is one of Mirror Mirror & Co’s most popular workshops, catering for all ages and genders.

As explained by Elizabeth and Gayna during workshops it is not just about putting images and words on a board, science and art are combined. Using the right images and words creates a powerful tool to inspire and guide participants towards their life goals.

Participant Maddison, aged 12, said the experience was particularly powerful. “Mirror Mirror & Co made me think about what is most important to me, my dreams and how to set goals for myself. I learnt so many life lessons which I’ll remember forever.”

For more information go to www.mirrormirrorco.com.au or follow them on Facebook @MirrorMirrorCo.

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