Hi! I'm Justine Haemmerli, the lady behind Girls Gone Happy. I am an obsessive question-asker (as you may have noticed), curious, multi-passionate, and very wordy (as you also may have noticed). I'm a mom to my spunky and delightful daughter, a wife to my Kev, and a devoted friend. In everything I do, my connecting thread is a commitment from my deepest heart to help good people do great things, and live more thoughtfully and intentionally.
For ten years I worked in the public and private sector as a teacher, facilitator, coach, writer, and consultant. My work always focused on helping people to unearth the values and priorities that underpinned their decisions at work. I ran Pedalogical, my consulting practice, for five years before focusing on Girls Gone Happy. GGH was originally a group I ran through Pedalogical where 12 ladies came to my house for dinner and a creative workshop on a different topic each month. It was one of the most special things I've ever done, and we all loved it so much. Ladies made lifelong friends from that group, and it was a really powerful experience. I wanted to find a way to share that with a broader audience, and Girls Gone Happy as you see it today was born!
I truly believe that there is alchemy in female friendships - a magic that heals us, and helps us to become our best, fully realized selves. And I know so many women want to find their sister friends, but struggle to connect deeply and find their ladies as they move through adulthood.
Helping women connect to their own inner wisdom, and to deep intimate friends, is more than just something warm and fuzzy for me. I believe that women have the power to shift the values, tone, and practices of governments, cultures, and economies when our power is let loose. When we come together. Organize. Support each other. When we are rooted in ourselves and can trust our own inner wisdom, we can do truly transformative things. And there is no more time to waste. We are taught not to trust ourselves, and that is no accident - because when we are secure in listening to ourselves, we are truly forces to be reckoned with. My vision is that Girls Gone Happy will help to change the world by giving women the tools they need to learn to listen to themselves again, and become those agents of change.