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Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen Woodbridge’s Rising Phoenix – Dallas Frisco Portrait Photographer – Me Ra Koh

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

Cathleen has been helping women achieve greatness for decades! She is an INSPIRATION! A bright light, shining hope and possibility into women’s lives.

Just yesterday she texted me “I wanted to tell you that I love my Rising Phoenix Collection on the wall so much so I look at it every day! And I love being able to see myself in such a joyful place and know that I can be in that place every day!”

“I also love this one with my hand on my heart. I’m so grateful to God for all of the challenges and dark places that really caused me to grow in my relationship with Him. I wasn’t buried, I was planted. And my roots have grown so much in my security in the Lord. That’s where He wants our security to be. I’ll love, love, love all my Rising Phoenix portraits!”

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

These last two years, Cathleen took her own personal goals to a new level. She proved there is still more greatness within herself to tap into! With dedication and determination, Cathleen lost 70lbs!

She flew in from Pennsylvania for her Rising Phoenix Experience. And when she got out of the car, I almost didn’t recognize her!

“The physical example of what I can do internally, makes me want to help women achieve greatness that much more!” she said.

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

Inspiration for This Dress

Her sister, Charleen, inspired this flowing dress when she described Cathleen as being free in this new season. “She is no longer tethered. She is worthy of taking care of herself. Her personality exudes God’s grace. I would not be where I am without her. She’s my rock. I love her to death.”

What is Rising from the Ashes

Cathleen says JOY is rising up from the ashes. The last ten years have held a lot of loss from losing her mom to other relationships. Throughout her life she has also struggled with beating up on herself because she might seem to move slower than those around her. “But I did it! I did it! I accomplished a major goal! God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask for!”

“The weight loss has unleashed more than I could imagine! I feel my own personal genius unleashed! And I don’t have to apologize for it! I love creating atmospheres for women to step into.”  

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

This amazing woman has been helping women achieve greatness through her Mary Kay business for over thirty years. She helps lead a Bible Study at Mary Kay for over 200 women. I love how she said, “Right now, my voice is needed in this culture.”

YES!!!! Your voice is needed, Cathleen! Women need mentors more than ever! What a gift you are!

What Cathleen’s Sisters Say…

“Cathleen is a peacemaker. Extremely kind and generous with her time, money and thoughts. She is strength!” says Christine. “Watching her dedication to losing the weight the last two years has given me strength. If she can do it, I can do it! I’ve watched Cathleen dig deep and focus on one day at a time.”

“She is so creative! I love it!” says Charleen. “And I see her developing that creativity even more in this new season. She is also merciful, seeing other’s needs, talking to them. Everyone feels like “Wow! I have a friend in Cathy!”

“There is a confidence I see rising in her, an ability to stand up for herself. And yet, she is so serving.”

What Her Sister Hopes Cathleen is Reminded of Every Day…

“Knowing she can be proud of herself and her journey. She is loved by God. My sister has gained confidence and to know it’s okay to be confident. To embrace her new resilience, her abilities.”

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

What Cathleen’s Husband Sees Rising Up in Her

There is a special story to the dress she’s wearing below, but first let me tell you what her husband says.

“There are so many things! How she’s fought back from adversity and even disasters the last few years. Always had resilience like Michael Jordan who missed 9K shots! She is incredibly adaptive with a “We can do this!” focus. The glass is always half full to Cathleen. She has an eternal optimistic approach, biblical principles that guide her. Her eyes say “I’m ready to battle through whatever it takes.”

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

“She faces criticisms with grace. Her eyes never go dim. In Mary Kay, there are a lot of Type A personalities, but Cathleen isn’t that way. The success in her weight loss has helped her see that what she brings to the table is also important! She sees it and believes it and has gone more this year than ever.

Special Story Behind the Dress

“One of my weight goals was to fit into this dress because it was Tim’s favorite. I haven’t fit into it in over 25 years! But I didn’t tell him I was trying to get into it so he didn’t even know it fit me. That night after my Rising Phoenix Experience, I FaceTimed him surprising him with the dress on!

His response, “WOW! That’s awesome!”

Cathleen got one of our beautiful block prints as a gift for Tim that he sees every day in his office. So sweet! Right?!

What Her Daughter Shares

“My mom is positivity. She has this uncanny ability to see the positive in things and never quits,” shares Michaela. “That’s why she has found success. She always gets back up on her feet. Even when she experiences a big loss, my mom doesn’t let it get to her belief in what she’s doing. That would shake me! My mom is resilient.”

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

“She cultivated creativity in me. My mom always encouraged me to keep going and find my own creative expression. She is 1000% creative! A phenomenal singer and songwriter, a worship leader now, she’s growing a lot!”

What is Your Mom’s Super Power?

“How she wraps every product with crazy intricate bows, beautiful notes, curating experiences for people to feel so special. Her Mary Kay parties are always themed in incredible ways.”

“When she sees her Rising Phoenix in her office, I hope she sees that inner confidence coming out in spirit. As a daughter, you look to your mom for confidence because you secretly hope it’s in you…”

I love that last statement by Michaela. It’s so true. Our daughters look to us to discover what is within them.

Transforming Her Home Office

This is what her home office wall looked like before…

THIS is what is looks like now! Let’s GO!!!!

“It is amazing how the emotion jumps right off the wall and into the heart of all who see these! If you are considering giving yourself this gift do not hesitate. This was one of the most special experiences I have ever had. A day of shear joy from start to finish,” says Cathleen.

Helping Women Achieve Greatness, Cathleen's Rising Phoenix Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh

“Me Ra is an amazing photographer and even more amazing person. She knows how to ask questions, listen, share stories, and make you feel heard, loved, valued and important. She helps people embrace, share, and find purpose and healing in their journey.”

“Me Ra and her husband Brian do an amazing job creating masterpieces that bring these stories and victories to life for all to see!! The experience and lifelong memories will keep you inspired for years to come. You are important in this world and your story is too!! Go let your story be known!”

Our Sweet History

I met Cathleen over ten years ago when she came to our CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop for Women in DC. We have stayed connected all these years, and I have had the honor of watching her creativity evolve and grow in all that she puts her hands too.

Thousands of women have come through our CONFIDENCE photography workshop over the last 15 years. I love that we get to stay connected to so many in our Rising Phoenix Facebook Group. But what is really special is the ones I’ve had a chance to mentor and especially capture their Rising Phoenix within! It has been a honor to mentor Cathleen over the last decade. She is such a GIFT and celebrating her Rising Phoenix was unforgettable!

Love you Cathleen! What an inspiration you are to so many, including me!

Connect with Cathleen!

If you’re interested in Mary Kay products or the business side, Cathleen is an AMAZING woman to talk to! Helping women achieve greatness is her passion!

CLICK HERE to connect with Cathleen Woodbridge!

What is a Rising Phoenix Experience?

This is about you seeing the truth of who you are. When you see your resilience on the wall every day, it transforms you from the inside out. If you are overwhelmed with all the reasons why you shouldn’t invest time or money in yourself, I want you to pause and think of all the obstacles you have overcome in your life whether it’s a weight loss journey, depression, anxiety, cancer, seasons changing with kids leaving the nest, loss of a loved one.

Have you been promoted in your career or pivoted with resilience? The list of how we rise like a phoenix to overcome the odds goes on and on. But so many of us struggle with taking time to acknowledge it.

You Give to Everyone Around You

You’ve most likely given to everyone else. The time has come to give something transformational and lasting to you. Just read the following stories.

Losing 150lbs and celebrating it with a special Rising Phoenix Portrait Experience at FIORIA by Me Ra Koh.

Have you achieved a weight goal? Read Jamie’s inspiring story of never going back after significant weight loss.

Maybe you need a deeper healing from childhood trauma. You’ve done the counseling but still struggle to see the truth about who you are. You may relate to Tiffany’s story.

Jajuan flew from Seattle for his Rising Phoenix Experience! He wanted his daughters to see not only who dad is but where he’s come from. Sony spotlighted Jajuan’s Rising Phoenix story as one of the Best Of portraits in 2022! See Jajuan’s powerful story.

Or maybe you’re turning 40, 50, 60 or 70+ and feel the need to reflect and celebrate who you are and the possibilities of what this next season of life holds? 

The first step is to fill out our Phoenix inquiry; CLICK HERE.

Michelle Found Courage to Step Beyond Grief

Meet Michelle. She is definitely someone who has known great courage. At one time, she was an interrogator for the US military in the Middle East. This 5’4 woman knows confidence. But the loss of her mom swallowed that confidence.

There are some seasons in life when we feel unshakeable courage and other seasons that leave us feeling lost. After great loss, it takes great courage to step forward. Maybe you relate to Michelle’s story.

Meet Our Oldest Rising Phoenix

She was in her 80s and never had her makeup and hair done. I’ll never forget the giggles we had over watching Oma that day in the studio. This beautiful 4’9 woman came to the United States with Opa when she was only 23 yrs old and pregnant with her first baby. All they had was $50. Leaving behind family and all that was familiar in the Netherlands, they boarded a cargo boat and set out to make a new life.

Krista, Oma’s granddaughter, had a FIORIA family experience with us last year. When she saw us launch the Rising Phoenix Experience, she thought of her grandma. Oma is the heart of their family and lived eighty plus years as a rising phoenix.

Click Here to meet Oma, our oldest Rising Phoenix!

Crystal drove to us from Las Vegas.

A single woman who has always been known for being responsible and quiet, yet there is another side of her that wants to come out. A side that is brave and takes risks—that believes she is worthy of doing something special not just for others but for herself too. A year after her Rising Phoenix Experience, she sent us photos of her traveling solo in Europe! She told us how much her life has changed from seeing who she is every day when she looks at her Phoenix portraits!

What truth do you need to be reminded of daily to unleash your purpose and potential?

Meet Our Youngest Rising Phoenix, a Miracle Photo Shoot!

CLICK HERE to see the most miraculous Rising Phoenix portraits!

This is the first time Isabella has ever looked at the camera and smiled. This was a miracle photo shoot.

I’ll never forget my first Discovery Call with Isabella’s mom. She wasn’t sure this was a good idea because Isabella is very sensory sensitive. Photo shoots have never gone well in the past. She felt very hesitant to believe this photo shoot could be a success.

I felt her words on such a deep level. I didn’t want to set them up for disappointment either. But I just knew that there was something so special about this whole thing. I told her, “There are many doubts and fears I can struggle with, but this is something I am confident I can do.” She borrowed that confidence, and we witnessed a miracle photo shoot.

All these people have something in common, they were ready to …

Rise above the ashes of what other people have said
Rising above their fear and doubts
Embracing their Rising Phoenix within.

Through our Rising Phoenix Experience, they not only did something special for themselves but also received something transformational.

I invite you to experience the transformation too!

Your Rising Phoenix Experience includes:

  • Signature Phone Calls with You and Loved Ones (collection of words that give you life)
  • Professional Hair & Makeup
  • Wardrobe Consultation & Vision
  • Rising Phoenix Photo Shoot with Me Ra Koh (Sony Artisan, Disney Host, and Live with Kelly & Ryan Guest Expert—You’re in good hands. I will pose you, and Brian will drop shadows and light on you in the most flattering way that radiates your Rising Phoenix.)
  • Same Day Cinematic Reveal & Custom Design Session with our In-House Design Specialist
  • Beautiful Artwork of Your Rising Phoenix, Custom Designed for the Best Place where it will Speak Truth to You Every Day.

CLICK HERE to fill out the inquiry and begin your Rising Phoenix Experience!

I can’t wait to speak soon! Still we rise!
Me Ra


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