Meet an Idea Girl: Natyley Frias

Natyley is an idea girl from Linden, New Jersey who has hopes of someday saving the world. For right now, though, she works for the nonprofit organization she founded called All Smiles, which aims to put smiles on everyone around the world. The 15-year-old is also involved in many other things, so read on to learn more about Natyley and her ideas. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?

I am a model, actress, singer, dancer, event host, and Miss American Star's Miss New Jersey Teen. Alongside that I am an ambassador for Supergirlzland and a few different clothing lines/movements. My favorite hobbies besides that are reading and writing. 

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

My ultimate dream job is winning Miss Universe or Miss DR USA, being signed to modeling agency, coming out with an album and having All Smiles contribute to the whole world.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

All Smiles is a nonprofit organization who strives to put grins on people worldwide. 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?

I came up with my idea after doing a toy drive for children with cancer in Santiago, Dominican Republic. 

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WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

Some challenges that I have faced is making the idea happen and getting support from others. 

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

Some of the good things that have happened since I started my idea was that I was able to send toys to children with cancer in my family's hometown of Santiago, Dominican Republic. I was also able to fly there and give the toys to the kid myself which was an amazing but heartbreaking experience. I've been able to help people in the New Jersey area as well. 

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

For my idea I still need more support just about events, donations & getting the word out. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

To all the younger girls, make sure you get your parents on board and just go for it! 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

I have a lot of favorite quotes/mantras but right now it's "I am Natyely Frias and I will change the world someday" 

If you know a girl with a story like Natyley's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.

Meet Idea Girls: Layla & Mya Parish

Meet Layla and Mya, the sister duo better known as Suga Babes. Four years ago, these 15- and 11-year-old entrepreneurs decided to make their own all-natural bath and beauty products. Since then, they have expanded to selling their products as well as providing a mobile spa service for other girls. Read on to learn about these sisters and their idea.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

Layla: I am involved in the National Society of High School Scholars. My hobbies are singing, dancing, and putting fashion pieces together.

Mya: I do gymnastics, film production, and photography. I also like swimming and reading.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

Layla: One of the projects that I'm working on is a fashion, food and lifestyle blog with my mom and sister. I came up with this idea by reading other related blogs. I told my mom and of course she was on board. She is our biggest supporter. My sister and I along with my mom also have a mobile spa business for girls ages 5-13, Suga Babes. 

Mya: We make all natural bath and body products, too. We go into people’s homes and transform them into a luxurious spa! We have been in business for a little over 4 years now and I absolutely love it.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?

Mya: We loved using our moms bath and beauty products and she would always run us out of her things. So, we decided instead of buying our own, why not make our own! We told our mom our idea and she was on board. We first started selling sugar scrubs, lotions, body mists and soaps online and then we ventured out to providing mobile spa parties for girls.

WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?

http://suga-babes.com/

http://instagram.com/suga_babes

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

Mya: The challenge for us so far is that we are at a point where we need help! Our mom is the all-around person. She does our marketing, she created our website, does all of our promotional items, she is the scheduler of the parties, she is the buyer and shipper of our products and so much more. So, as you can see she does it all. My mom is now looking into interns to come on board to learn the ropes and help us. We are excited about that because we know that our product and idea is great! Even though we have a challenge does not and will not stop us. We do what we can and do it with a spirit of excellence (that’s our mom’s saying). Our mom has taught us that there will be challenges but you never quit you keep going, no matter what!

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

Layla: We are so motivated and ready to share our passion for business with the world. Our main
purpose we believe in this season is to help other young girls realize their purpose and that
their dreams do matter.

Mya: Since we started our idea we have been able to use it as a platform to inspire other girls. That is the best part about our mobile spa business. Before we start the services, we give a 3-5-minute talk on how we got started and how you can do anything you put your mind to. Being an inspiration to others is what we call success. Leaving an imprint! We also love the fact that we have been featured on Fox 26 News Houston, on the front page of the business section of the Houston Chronicle, in the Wall Street Journal, and numerous online magazine just to name a few!

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

Mya: We need a graphic designer to re-design our labels for our products, a marketing person to help us push our business to another level, and investors. My mom pours all of our extra money into our business and it is good but we need some more! We know that our business is going to take off. We have been told that multiple times. We are patiently waiting for our season.

Layla: We would love your support by sharing our story with moms and girls.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

Layla: The advice that I would give to girls is to stay focused and do what you love to do.

Mya: My advice to younger girls would be that when you have a dream, do not be afraid to tell your parents. Do not think that you are too young to start a business and live your dream. Take steps to living your dream. You can’t just tell your parents your dreams and not take action. Work your business or whatever it is you are doing. When you fail or you think you failed, never quit. Keep going. Learn from those lessons. We learned a lot from our lessons. We have never ran a business before so it was a lot of learning along the way. Our mom taught us a lot. She showed us the numbers on how much was spent vs. what was coming in. And what was going out was more than what was coming in. But she never said we can’t do it anymore or that we don’t have the money to keep doing this. She kept going and there were some things she did not even tell us until now. So, my advice is to never ever quit!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

Layla: "If you're always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." -Maya
Angelou

Mya: "The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting." -Walt Disney

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

If you know a girl with a story like Layla & Mya's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.

Meet an Idea Girl: Kira

After thinking that kids' music wasn't very positive, this 9-year-old from Atlanta, GA decided that she wanted to see a change. Kira, along with her little brother, Skye, developed Kidz Mic, music dedicated to creating fun music for the whole family to jam out to. Read more of our interview with Kira and learn how she's spreading positivity and making an impact on the world.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

Engineering, my company, and professional dance training. Dancing is one of my favorite hobbies.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON

In our positive entertainment company we have a CD of top hit R&B, Rap, and Gospel songs with positive lyrics sung by kids. The original songs were by top artists like Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Bruno Mars, and more. Our Kidz Mic CD has beats that parents really, really love and for kids it feels like a cool playdate because me, my brother and our friends talk to the listener giving them good vibes in between the songs. 

When we saw how much the CD brought parents and kids together for positive fun that they both enjoy, we decided to do even more! So now at Kidz Mic we also do interviews, red carpet Q & A, and cool family events that feature celebrities, our country's political leaders, other kidpreneurs and influencers telling kids how to win in life on the Mic with kids like us.  We have interviewed Kirk Franklin, Congressman John Lewis, Ice Cube, and many more! Our big next project is an open mic and mayoral town hall for kids in Atlanta. 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?

To center my ideas on the right stuff, I think of influential people, popular ideas, people and things that I care about.  I want to show kids that there is positivity in the world and that their future can shine so bright that they gotta wear shades. Kidz Mic became an idea because one day music was playing on the kid's radio channel when I was in the car with my mommy.  The songs had words that were not saying very nice things.  They were actually kind of sad, about things like heart break and telling others "you're not good as me". I told my mom that I thought kids needed songs that are cool but still tell them good things.  I wanted to make music that shows kids that there is positivity in the world and in them, that they shine!  So my younger brother and I co-founded Kidz Mic. 

WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?

https://kidzmic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KidzMic

https://twitter.com/KidzMic

https://www.instagram.com/KidzMic/

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

It was a challenge to simply get started and get all the things I needed to actually have my company.  It took awhile to get my website going and get used to learn how to set up for events quickly. It used to take so, so long.  To overcome, I practiced setting up quickly, got used to using different materials, and asked for help from my mom for a new easier-to-use website.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

I got more followers and because of that I started to be able to do more things to help other kids with my company like interviewing popular people for their positive tips to kids.  Another good thing is that kids came to our Kidz Mic events, had fun, and then told their parents that they feel stronger and better about their self because they came.

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

I want to be on a commercial if that's OK, we need a crew that can help and we are always sharing good with kids. Would love your help spreading the positive word on our efforts to help kids. Letting us know about influencers or celebrities that are giving back is helpful so that we can look at interviewing them.  We also love to know about kid friendly events, we have red carpet fun doing interviews and getting tips from attendees walking the red carpet to help more kids shine!

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

Always believe in yourself and never give up. Talk to your moms or family members or friends for advice!  Give your idea a try, write your plan, show it to your parents or a teacher. Start today.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

"You got this."

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

I want to be a professional dancer.

If you know a girl with a story like Kira's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.

How To Write SMART Goals

"I have an idea! Can you help me?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Girls With Ideas. Our curriculum discusses in depth a step by step process about how to do just that for girls in grades 4th-8th grade.  You can get it HERE!  

However, we wanted to help you take that idea from your head and make it a reality so we are doing a mini blog series with general tips on how to make your idea happen no matter your age! Our first post on this topic discussed how to do market research and interview people about your idea. You can find that here. Then we talked about how to gather information on your stakeholders, budget, your resources to make an Idea Plan which you can find here

The next step is to turn your Idea Plan into a SMART goal. A SMART goal is a framework for you to figure out the steps that you need to do to achieve your goals. t's great to know what you need, but it's also important to figure out how and when you will be able to get what you need for your idea. This is where the hard work starts!

For example, let's say you have an idea to put on a play for your school. If in your Idea Plan you wrote that you needed $250 for costumes, people to be in the play, marketing materials, and a physical space to hold the play, a SMART goal would allow you to figure out if those things are realistic and how long they may take to get. 

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So what is SMART goal? SMART is an acronym to help you remember that goals should be; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.  Let’s break it down a bit further so you can write your own SMART goal using the example of putting on a play: 

S - Specific: Great goals are super specific. Write out EXACTLY what you are going to do, when, how, and with whom.

On December 2nd,  2017 I will put on the 20 minute play that I wrote called "Idea Girl" for my class at school. 

M - Measurable: How will you measure if you’ve accomplished your goal?

I will know if I reached my goal if the play happened and people watched it. 

A - Attainable: This is huge. If something is attainable, it means it’s within reach. Make sure you pick a goal that isn’t too far away from what you’re already doing!

This goal is attainable because the primary stakeholder, my teacher said that she would allow the class to watch. Also, three of my friends have offered to act in the play and practice after school. I also have already written the script. 

R - Realistic: Just like making your dream attainable, make sure it’s realistic, meaning it’s something you will be able to accomplish by the deadline you set.  We all have awesome big dreams, but big dreams come true after we’ve accomplished the small goals that get us there.

This goal is realistic because I have permission from the needed people and scaled down my initial idea after talking to my stakeholders and making a budget. We decided to use minimal props, find costumers from what we already own, and just perform it for our class rather than the whole school. 

T - Timely: Deadlines are the most important part of setting a goal. Choose a day you want to reach your goal by and write it down in your goal statement. We believe that your deadline shouldn’t be too far away—maybe aim for one month instead of one year, breaking a big goal into a smaller starter goal first. This way you’ll get to celebrate reaching your small goal and then keep going if you still have a bigger goal in mind!

I will have the revisions of the script done by October 1st, 2017. 

We will practice twice a week after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to memorize our lines and do blocking from October 1st to December 1st. 

We will perform the play on December 2nd, 2017. 

You can write one SMART goal for your whole idea or you can write multiple SMART goal for smaller steps for your idea. 

The next step is to take action on your SMART goals something that we will cover in our next post. You can also reference a past blog post we wrote on how to be a Goal-Getter for tips. --- click here to read --- 

Give yourself a high-five for writing out your SMART Goal! Now we are ready to get to work! 

 

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Meet an Idea Girl: Simisola Gbadamosi

Meet Simisola, AKA Simi, the 6-year-old from Lagos, Nigeria who took her passion for baking and made it into a successful business. After learning how to bake from her aunt at only 3 years old, Simi decided to start her own business selling her baked goods. Part of the money earned from Simi's BakeHouse go towards charities that help children. Read on for more about Simi and her idea.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

I play the piano, swim, and love cheerleading, dancing, and reading. I also enjoy baking and helping my toys that don’t feel well get better.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON

I bake yummy cookies and give a portion of the profits to charities for children.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?

My aunty taught me to bake when I was 3 and my mum asked me when I turned 5 if I wanted to start a business selling my cookies.

WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?

https://www.instagram.com/simisbakehouse/

https://www.facebook.com/SimisolasBakeHouse/

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?

I've struggled with how to handle orders when I am in school. Now, I have someone to bake when I can't.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?

I won Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur Award at the Bella Africana Ace Awards in April.

WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?

I would like some training so I can become a better baker and also learn more about running a business.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?

Start by telling your parents, guardian, or any adult the idea. Start small and work hard.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?

If you know a girl with a story like Simi's, nominate her to be our next featured idea girl using this link.