By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor
Every once in a while I come across a company and the story behind the person who started it makes me just want to write about them. Newly founded Get Happy Inspirational Apparel is one of those companies. At age 33 Maria Carmel woke up one morning in her friends apartment with her young daughter sleeping on the floor. Homeless, jobless, without family support, she decided right there that she wanted to Get Happy – her first independent decision in her entire life. Growing up in an unsupportive and emotionally abusive environment, Maria never felt that she could achieve anything, much less be happy. Maria grew to be a woman that when a man asked her to marry she was just “happy” that someone wanted her. Naturally the marriage failed. Through a Life Coach Maria learned to raise the bar higher, embrace her fears, and quite simply, change her outlook to see things positively.
She realized that words, written and said, are the key. They have tremendous power. Words affect ones body, mind and most certainly mood. When used repeatedly they become part of our thought process and start to create our reality.
This need for positive thinking, seeing positive quotes and words became the cornerstone to her GetHappy Inspirational Apparel.
Less than a year old, the site is full of insight and the “I can do anything” inspiration that simply makes one feel better. Quotes gave her the strength, courage, and reminded her that she could and would succeed.
When I received my Get Happy t-shirt it felt like melted butter and when I put it on, I could tell that this was going to be one of my favorite shirts. All the t-shirts are white because they “symbolize something clear, pure and new: the new beginning, a new chapter in life, a new way of thinking and a clear, doubtless mind that is ready for a change.”
“We are here to create fashionable t-shirts to remind you how amazingly strong, confident and beautiful you are and that you deserve to Get Happy.”
The messages on the white t-shirts are:
+ HAPPY LOOKS GOOD ON ME
+ SIMPLY HAPPY
+ I AM THE QUEEN OF MY OWN LIFE
+ I CHOOSE HAPPINESS
+ HAPPY NEW ME
+ HAPPY MAMA
+ DIVORCED & HAPPY