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The Shero Mindset 

What made this book possible? It was a combination of factors: my studies, my dedication to learning, my training with the power of Positive Psychology, and my meditation practice.

This book crystallized into a platform for presenting seven inspirational stories. I was able to spend wonderful quality time with my heroes: Julia, Evonn, Holly, Suzy, Alexia and Didi – talking, sharing, crying and laughing. What we experienced was intense, sincere and magical. Listening to them and processing their stories was a gift, and revisiting my past was healing. This process was genuine and sacred.

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My Story

Lulu’s Freedom was born out of her childhood – being raised in Brazil, a country of contrasts along with divorce, childhood sexual abuse, and addiction with her Father.  Lulu found her first freedom through dance which helped her cope with depression, severe anxiety and an eating disorder. Another layer of freedom came with the discovery of art and immersing herself using her creative strengths. Lulu’s sequence of seven angels that she drew became an important anchor for coping and perhaps, an earlier form of todays’ book, Sheroes. Lulu’s stories are about overcoming pain, fear, abuse through creative arts in a strong spiritual context of love and hope. Lulu’s is a light seeker, and she persists toward a celestial perspective that is surrounded in love.

Dr.Nancy Kirsner, PhD, TEP, CPP, OTR

Director, South Florida Center for Psychodrama and Groupworks,

Certified Positive Psychologist


About the Author

Born in São Paulo, Maria Luisa ‘Lulu’ Carter began her professional career in education, the arts, and community service in Rio de Janeiro, before moving first to Europe and then to the United States 26 years ago. With degrees from Brazil in speech therapy, art and psychodrama, and a Master's Degree in science and education from Southern Connecticut State University, Lulu views the world through an eclectic and multicultural prism.

Lulu has initiated projects that combine education, community service, and the arts throughout the world – including the Amazon, Haiti, Ghana and Bhutan. Lulu is the co-founder of Destination Partners, a travel management company that works with American universities, nonprofits and instituions focused on the science of happiness. Through Destination Partners, Lulu has organized, created and developed educational programs abroad for Semester at Sea, New York University, the University of Virginia, and other American universities for the past 25 years.

In 2008, Lulu founded the nonprofit organization Bee Gaia, in Naples, Florida, dedicated to bringing the world together through innovative programs and social inclusion. Lulu is a Chief Happiness Officer and is particularly interested in providing Positive Psychology services to individuals of all abilities.

Lulu’s awards include: the Excellence in Diversity Award from Hodges University, in 2015; the Southwest Florida Face Award, in 2016; and the Lady Liberty Leader honor from Collier Freedom, in 2020.


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