Changewear is committed to supporting women where they are. We believe that when we are supporting each other, no matter the circumstances or story, there is a movement that is created, empowering each other to be the very best version of ourselves. One of the ways we do this is by celebrating our differences, sharing our challenges, acknowledging our wins, and shining light on our tenacity and strength.
Changewear is pleased to present a series of inspiring women and the amazing books, businesses and impact they are bringing to our world. We are pleased to bring you stories of how these women are Creating Change Where They Are.
We are pleased for you to meet Jolie Brownell, a young woman on a mission to change the world one girl at a time by empowering girls to love themselves, believe in themselves and go after their dreams. Jolie is an amazing young woman and has written a book titled ‘Me Too’, written by a teen for teens. Jolie has inspired thousands of girls with her messages and sharing of how she found self-love.
Changewear: Please tell us about the book ‘Me Too’ and how you came to write this book.
Jolie Brownell: ‘Me Too’ is a collection of poetry, messages, and quotes that I’ve written over the last few years that center around four main topics: Body Acceptance, Confidence, Goal Setting, and Healthy Relationships. I decided to start writing at age 13 to simply empower girls (including myself) to love themselves, believe in themselves, and go after their biggest dreams. These blogs and poems would then inspire me to put them all together to create this book.
My “Me Too,” unlike the #metoo movement, is built on the idea of me simply sharing my journey towards loving myself as a teen. We all know it can be tough. So I wrote this to let other girls know that they are not alone and I purposefully left white space in the book to allow others to write in their own stories, personalize it, and possibly gift it as their own personal gesture of saying “me too.”
CW: Change is a big part of our brand and we believe in affecting change where you are and that even the smallest change can bring about huge benefits. What are some changes that you made in your life that had great impacts on you or others around you?
JB: One little change I’ve made and continue to try and make is to push myself in everything I do. No matter what it is, I try and ask myself; “Can I push myself even more? What’s stopping me from going all in?” Asking myself these questions have pushed me into new places and have helped me grow in so many ways. Stepping outside my comfort zone. Learning how to sit in the uncomfortable. Betting on myself when others won't.
This challenge - this change, inspired me to start my own club, write my own book, start my own brand, conduct my own workshops, and step in front of hundreds of people to share my story and voice. Through challenging myself, I was and am inviting others to do the same. Inviting others to stop playing small, stop doubting themselves, and just go all in.
CW: What are some ways that adults can help teens? What would you like us to know?
JB: Teenage-hood is hard. Adulting is hard. Life is hard. That is the reality. But one thing I think adults can do to help out our teens is just keep inspiring them to be open minded and optimistic. I know a lot of time, teen optimism can seem impractical or unrealistic, but this is how a lot of teens cope with the hardships of life: through hope.
So inspire teens to not lose hope in themselves or the world. Because yes life is hard, but we are tougher...and yes we are the future, but what’s even better is that we are also the present and can do a lot of awesome and world changing things now. Just look at the news, millennials and generation Z are coming out and we’re not going to be silenced. Listen up!
CW: We know you are going off to college this Fall. What are you most looking forward to in your immediate future?
JB: YES! I’m finally heading off to college after a full and amazing gap year! I’ll be going to Loyola Marymount University. What am I most looking forward to? ...um, everything!! But if I had to choose one thing it would be the endless doors of opportunity. Opportunities to learn, to grow, and learn more about myself. College is the time of even more self-discovery and I am so excited to see what other magical parts of me I’ve been hiding...and also the dormant parts of me and how I can awaken them. In other words, I can’t wait to meet the college graduate version of myself and live out every step of the way to becoming her.
CW: We have met you in person and you are so inspiring and we are excited to follow you along on your path to greatness. We would love to follow you on social media, what are your links? Please give us the link on where to purchase your book.
JB: My social handles are @joliebrownell and @metoo_girl, but I’m planning on simplifying my crazy life a bit and merging the two soon so if you want to follow me just follow @joliebrowell and you should be good :)
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Also, if you would like to purchase or learn more about my book, please just click HERE.
Jolie, thank you for taking the time to be interviewed and sharing your greatness with our Changewear community. We wish you the very best as you embark on an exciting and meaningful life!
The Changewear Team
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