E33 – 33: Young Girl Empowerment & J.O.Y. With Kayleigh Hanlin


In this episode, Rachel and Erin get to chat with the lovely Kayleigh Hanlin. Kayleigh is the co-creator of two amazing things for young girls, J.O.Y. journals and Empowered Minds. In 2017 she started Empowered Minds with her mom, Cathy. This mother-daughter duo’s mission is to assist young girls in building a foundation of self-love, confidence, and self-acceptance. The J.O.Y. Journal is designed for girls, ages 7-14, to discover their unique selves through engaging and guided activities.

Kayleigh shares her story of how being born with a congenital heart defect and the obstacles that came with it allowed her to see things from a different perspective. And it was this that led her to creating the J.O.Y. journal. She wanted young girls to feel empowered about who they are and to have self-love.

Rachel and Erin also talk with Kayleigh about the prompts within the journal. They realize that these prompts are great and not just for young girls. The prompts are to see the positive in yourself, to shut down the negative and reframe thoughts into ones of empowerment.

Finally, Kayleigh tells the girls about the type of speaking engagements her and her mom do to empower young girls. She also talks about how creating a retreat for young girls and their female role models is the next big goal.

Here are some highlights:

  • Kayleigh’s story
  • Self-awareness and the victim mentality
  • The impact of social media on young girls
  • Kayleigh’s love of chicken wings

Let’s take a listen!

Kayleigh Hanlin Resources:

Website: www.mindsempowered.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justownyou

Instagram @JustOwnYou

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/justownyouem/


Erin’s Instagram: @erin_travelsforlife

Rachel’s Instagram: @iamrachelbrooks

The Confident Woman Podcast Instagram: @theconfidentwomanpodcast


  • “I had very good instincts when it came to people.” -Kayleigh
  • “Speak up for yourself.” -Kayleigh
  • “You’re the only person standing in your way.” -Kayleigh
  • “When you own who you are nobody else can tell you otherwise.” -Rachel
  • “You’re not just living to live, you’re thriving.” -Kayleigh
  • “There’s never a perfect approach to anything.” -Rachel