At Mighty + Bright, we believe in getting back on the horse after we’ve been bucked off. We believe in fighting for our kids, in not letting our darkest times define us, and in coming out the other side a total rock star. We believe in grit, resilience, and the power of making lemonade out of exceedingly sour lemons — whatever those lemons may be.
We know that in your hardest moments, you just want it to be over. But we also know that going through rough times — each and every miserable day — makes us stronger, teaches us lessons, and helps us be better role models for our children.
When we're facing the worst times in our lives, it's difficult to know how to handle telling our kids. Many of us feel that we're protecting them by keeping our struggles private. But studies show that kids understand a lot more than we give them credit for, even at a young age — and being in the dark about what's actually going on leaves space for kids to make up their own stories about what's happening, causing more anxiety than the truth ever could.
When you go through a personal disaster like divorce or a major illness, you can choose one of three options: let it make you bitter; go into denial and keep quiet; or grab it by the reins and choose to include + inspire your kids with your life. We hope you choose the third door.
Mighty + Bright was founded by Sara Olsher, mom to a little girl with a big personality, wearer of cowboy boots, and drinker of exceptionally strong coffee. In 2012, she packed up her 18 month old and left her marriage. What followed was about four years of intense personal growth and the birth of Mighty + Bright.
Then in 2017, Sara was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 34. Rather than choosing to keep her daughter in the dark, Sara explained the diagnosis and treatment process to her six year-old, included her throughout the year of healing, and documented her journey through cancer on her blog.
She started Mighty + Bright for the same reason many parents start companies: because she wanted to help her own daughter and invented a product to do it. But since then, it's become so much more. Sara has seen firsthand that the universe can deal some pretty harsh blows. As parents, we want nothing more than to see our children thrive - and nothing is more painful than knowing that we can't fix everything when things go wrong.
Cancer taught Sara that what's important in life is our relationships. From the onset, her friends and family rallied around her, lifted her up, and showed her that much of what we spend our lives worrying about is unimportant. What is important is making sure that we stand by what matters to us, we focus on what is real, and we spend our time caring for ourselves and others.
Mighty + Bright is about helping families handle the really hard things in life. We can't control the cards we're dealt, but we can control how we respond to it, and the message we send to our kids. For Sara, the message is this: Live your truth. Don't hide from the hard stuff, because it'll come whether you try to avoid it or not.
Sara whole-heartedly believes that our darkest times are full of silver linings. It’s a chance to get to know yourself (like, your real self, not the one who cares about what everyone else wants), a chance to learn how to graciously accept help when you need it, and a chance to show your kids how to handle the hard stuff head-on, with grace.
Sara’s background is in psychology and illustration, and after her divorce she used both of these skills to create tools to help her young daughter understand and cope with the major changes in her life. Her first product was the shared custody calendar, which combines research-backed methods of teaching children with bright, happy illustrations.
We at Mighty + Bright are in the business of empowerment. We band together, we support each other and we support our kids. If it takes a village to raise a child, consider us your village. This may be one of the most stressful times of your life but hear this: you are not alone. Because we know you are strong, and you can do this, but we also know that together, we are mighty. And your future looks bright.
We are passionate about positivity and believe strongly that happiness is a choice (sometimes a minute-by-minute choice) to keep focusing on our greater purpose. We’re here to inspire you, support you, and give you resources to help you and your kids through it.
Welcome to the rest of your life — the future is mighty bright!
Photography by Lisa Chow Photography