Back in the day, Teri Riley’s girlfriends relied on her advice at the mall as they tried to put outfits together. “I really never thought of it as a gift or something special,” Teri says. “It’s just something that I naturally did.” Now she has taken that natural gift, honed it with training as an image consultant, and combined it with her own experience of being bullied to create a business dedicated to empowering women through fashion. There is nothing she likes better than putting together the perfect outfit for someone—something they’d never think to try. “They look in the mirror and they’re just full of joy,” she says, “and able to see themselves in a different way.”
To get to where she is today, Teri had to learn to see herself in a different way too. “The biggest hurdle for me was mindset,” she explains, remembering the bullying she endured. “You hear those words over and over in your mind that you can’t do it—and you believe it. And it’s all a lie. It’s not who God created me to be. And once you actually discover who you are and who you were created to be—we’re all created with a purpose. We just may not have discovered it. I discovered that I’m unique, there’s only one Teri, and I have a purpose that I need to fulfill. There are women that only I can reach, and they are waiting on me.”
In addition to guiding women’s wardrobe choices, Teri advises them to find their purpose by being still. Listen to what comes up for you, what leads you to your path. And when you hear it, follow it. “Very often we don’t listen to what our heart is calling us to do because we’re afraid. We put it to the side or we come up with reasons why it won’t work. Just say yes! Say yes.”
Find Teri and see some of her styles at her website: empoweredstyles.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Instagram and Facebook, she is @StylishlyTeri. And you can read much more of her story in the inspiring new book Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic, by Tam Luc, the author, educator, and podcaster dedicated to helping women “boss up.” The book collects 16 interviews with moms who are side hustlers and multitaskers, who faced the uncertainties of the Covid pandemic—and other obstacles—by embracing their strengths and finding their authentic paths. They have so much to share and to teach, and while every story is unique, there is creativity and perseverance at the core of each one.
You can also learn more about Teri at https://bossupbestseller.com/TeriRiley, where you can find a link to Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic. And don’t miss all the dynamic and supportive women from the Women Who Boss Up book series who are scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women Who Boss Up Summit!
Details and registration are at www.womenbossupsummit.com
About Women with Vision International
Women with Vision International aims to inspire, uplift, and empower women everywhere to never give up their dream of living their life on purpose. We gather dynamic, entrepreneurial women who are making a difference and changing people’s lives to spark conversation around the topics that impact us all such as building their businesses, fundraising, and balancing their work and their families.
About Tam Luc
Tam Luc is an international bestselling author and the founder of Women with Vision International who shares the triumphs, stress, and struggles of balancing her life to help women grow their businesses. After 20 years as an entrepreneur, she is able to help women leverage their messages and create the lifestyle they want through her unique book messaging strategies.
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