"I see myself in these teenage girls and that's why I started Flourish Girl"
Hi my name is Mandy Kota and I’m the founder of Flourish Girl.
I grew up in Sydney, Australia (Now a proud Melbournian!), went to school at Pymble Ladies College (which is an incredible all girl's private school), then went to Sydney University to study a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). After working as a qualified speech pathologist for 2 years, I found myself questioning what my true purpose was (some people may call it a quarter life crisis haha!?)
One day as I was sitting in my room, I started to reflect back about my high school years and I started to think about why did some of my friends hate school and why did some of them love school?
Where was the breakdown?
I asked myself the question - who was I as a teenage girl? ”
The biggest thing for me was that I always wanted to fit in. I always made sure that I had lots of friends who liked me, I wanted boys to like me, I wanted to have really 'cool' social media accounts, I wanted to make sure that my parents were proud of me...the list goes on. I really did feel the pressure to be a certain way as a teenage girl.
“What I realised was that I was so focused on fitting in that I wasn’t able to be my true self and this made me really insecure....”
.... I remember always wanting to make excuses to not go swimming because I didn’t want people to judge me about my legs. I remember not wanting to speak up because I didn’t want to lose any friends or any boys that I liked.
Me now as a Twenty Something started to think - If only I got present to all the things in my life that held me back from being myself during high school. Imagine how much I could have achieved by now?!
If only there was a voice that told me that I could be my true self as a teenager, a voice that told me that beauty wasn’t based on your physical appearance.
Then I remembered God telling me that I needed to be that voice.
Founder & CEO