I’m Deana Hicks, Founder + Chief Inspiration Officer of One Girl Inspired, the monthly subscription box for teen girls.
Keep reading for a little of my backstory and how and why this box came to be…
One of my biggest inspirations is my daughter, who is about to embark on her teens.
I have worked in the corporate world as well as in start-up entrepreneurial environments for most of my career but always working for their ultimate vision; not necessarily mine.
A couple of years ago I became a full-time stay at home mom to a daughter who was going to be entering the world of middle school (with high school immediately following, of course) so that I could be more readily available help her navigate what can be a complicated time in the life of a teen girl. I have loved the opportunity to be with her more, but recently started struggling with my own need for professional fulfillment; it’s just the way I’m wired I guess.
After talking with many of my mom friends, I realized we are all in the same boat of attempting to ensure our teens get positive messaging as they begin to navigate the waters of their teen years. With so much negativity on social media along with inaccurate portrayals of what teens should strive to be like on tv, in magazines and everywhere else that I wanted to provide inspiration, empowerment, and motivation to help teen girls build confidence in themselves and be the best version of who they are as individuals so that they may grow into strong women.
As a result of all that soul searching, I also started examining the things my daughter likes and purchases that bring her joy and meaning to help guide the direction of this subscription box endeavor.
And what teen girl doesn’t love getting mail?
Thus, the concept was born! I like to say we want each and every teen girl to #MakeYourOwnMark on the world and want this box to help provide the inspiration and motivation for them to do so!
Don't take our word for it, check out what some of our subscribers are saying...
"Thank you so much for all the effort that you put into curating these boes for girls. It has really had a positive impact for my daughter at a time it was needed the most." - Ashley B.
"My 11 year old daughter absolutely LOVES these boxes! She feels inspired, grown up and it brings her joy! We love One Girl Inspired!" - Aubrey M.
"My niece and sister-in-law loved her latest box! Thank you for making me look like an awesome Aunt.!" - Kristen J.
"The One Girl Inspired subscription box is the highlight of my daughter's month! She got a subscription for her 14th birthday and has loved every piece in every box. The unique themes with important messaging for teen girls are presented in such a gentle and age appropriate way that it lends itself to great conversations in our family. As a mom I love having the positive external reinforcement from a company I trust. There is no doubt often what resonates with teens comes from people/places/advertising that aren't their parents so I feel it's so important to find sources that reinforce lessons I already want to teach and One Girl Inspired has been enormously helpful with that. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these subscription boxes and One Girl Inspired!" - Molly Y.
"You really are inspiring my daughter. The Christmas selection of giving was outstanding. It prompted us to go to the website and share with others." - Heather D.
"Every teen girl needs this! I gave this box to my daughter and her best friend, that are 14. They don't get excited about much. I wish I recorded the reaction. They loved all the little pick me ups and inspiration of this box. Great quality and packaging is perfection." - Michelle Z.
"Best birthday gift idea! My daughter loves to get her #happymail each month and I love that each box is filled with such a great mixture of inspiring and fun items that she'll really use!" - Nikki A
"In a world where social media is telling our girls their value rests in others' opinions of them, I LOVE that #OGIBox is striving to inspire confidence and self worth through monthly #HappyMail. The themes remind girls to focus on success in friendships, school and life - not just their outward appearance - to the world. One Girl Inspired is the ONLY subscription box you should be buying for the important girls in your life." - Kellyn B.
"I love the message of One Girl Inspired. In today's society our girls need to continually be told they can be anything, do anything. OGI does this! My daughter loves all the fun surprises. And, this is just one more tool in our parenting toolbox to help empower our girls to be the best version of themselves." - Taylor S.