About Little Wild Girl Designs
My sweet 6-year-old daughter, Norah, started Little Wild Girl Designs during her time away from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This company is designed to spread hope and encouragement, and also give back to some of the agencies we’ve relied on during our foster care journey. I also thought it would be great to teach her the basics of entrepreneurship and social enterprise as a part of our homeschool program!
You can read more about the background of this project below. Here are the top three ways you can help us succeed (other than buying awesome inspirational products for yourself and your friends!)
- VOTE ON PRODUCTS YOU'D LIKE TO SEE: Norah is learning about the value of listening to your customers, and as such we’ve put together this survey to find out which products, printed or embossed with Norah’s original inspirational quotes, you’d be most likely to purchase
- NOMINATE A FOSTER CARE AGENCY: Every quarter we will sponsor a new foster care agency and share our profits 50/50! We plan to get started by supporting the agencies that helped us out, but we aspire to grow and support agencies all over the country who are standing in the gap for kids who are going through a really scary and difficult time. Fill out this form to nominate an agency!
- SHARE, SHARE, SHARE: We want to have the biggest possible impact for our non profit partners, spread the most possible joy and continue moving incrementally closer to Norah's goal of saving up enough money to visit Ancient Egypt! We are **just** getting started, and we need your help to branch out past our current circles of family and friends. If you feel inspired by this project, we would deeply appreciate your willingness to follow us on Facebook and share with your friends!
Where Will The Money Go?
In entrepreneurship class, Norah learned that social enterprise enables us to do two amazing things: Firstly, create IMPACT in the world, which we're aiming to do both through sharing Norah's inspiring quotes and wisdom and secondly by splitting all of our profit 50/50 with a nonprofit that serves kids in foster care. We plan to select a new non profit every quarter. Maintaining the same non profit partner for 3 months at a time enables us to really spread the word about their mission, and accrue more funds to donate.
For our first quarter, your funds are going to support Project STAR - the foster care arm of the Children's Institute.
Secondly, social enterprise enables us to to earn INCOME towards a goal. I explained savings accounts and fun stuff like taking a family trip to Disney World. This was her exact response: "Disney would be fun.... but what I REALLY want to do is 'splore the pyramids in Ancient Egypt!"
This is very on brand for her -- she's currently planning to be a paleontologist, robot builder, astronomer, "potion scientist" and ballet dancer on the weekends. I love this kid and I'm so proud of her and her varied interests. Who knows what she'll decide to do when she's grown... but whatever it is, it will be AMAZING just like her!
We met Norah 3 years ago when she and her little brother came to us through an emergency shelter foster care placement. I knew what an incredible kid she was immediately. Her wisdom, strength, love, humor and ridiculous intelligence have been a steady encouragement to me and to those who have the pleasure of being in her life.
Norah has been asking me to write her story “in a book, and then maybe people will read it and their lives will be changed!” While she has an incredible story of courage, resilience and joy despite circumstances, I’ve told her we need to wait until she’s older to decide how publicly she wants to share it.
In the meantime, we are helping her start a business and practice shining her beautiful light in a way that feels appropriate and educational! "Little Wild Girl" was my nickname for her when she was younger. (Yes. She also called me "Little Wild Mama!")
We’ve decided to print some of her most inspiring and heartwarming quotes on various goods that you’ll help us select. We’re starting with:
“Good things happen to me every day.”
Norah said these words to me when she was 4 years old. She had just shared some especially troubling memories with me, and despite my best efforts, I started crying in front of her. I try not to do that - it’s enough for her to process her own feelings. She shouldn’t have to deal with mine too. That’s what therapy, support groups and ice cream are for.
“Why are you crying?” she asked, sweetly wiping the tears off of my cheeks.
“I just love you and your little brother so much, and I wish none of those things happened to you. No little kid should have to deal with this! It’s not fair that you two have had to go through all of this.”
“Mommy!” she exclaimed. She put her little hands on my arm. “Good things happen to me every day.”
My mom and I looked at each other with total amazement. Even now, writing the story brings tears to my eyes. The presence of difficulty doesn’t erase the presence of good. And whether or not the presence of difficulty overpowers us is a choice each of us gets to make from one moment to the next.
Good things happen to me every day. ... They happen to you too, friend.
That is the broader perspective each of us has to choose in order to come out on the other side of this thing mentally and emotionally intact.
There is a lot to be afraid of. As we navigate this global season of economic, political and public health uncertainty, I am beyond grateful to have Norah for a mentor… I mean daughter.
We are a fully adopted family as of July 2019, and we are so thankful for all of the joy, inspiration and growth these two amazing kids have brought into our lives. Since I met her, I’ve been keeping a journal of the incredibly wise, sweet and encouraging things she says. There’s more inspiration to come, but this is where we’re getting started.
Good things happen every day. May each of us have the strength to notice and focus on that deeper truth.