Mary Bowman, local mom of four, had a vision over ten years ago to make a positive impact in the lives of teen girls. A graduate of the University of Findlay, Mary double majored in Western Equestrian Studies and Equine Marketing & Graphic Design. She originally envisioned creating a horse magazine that was in line with her studies but said that God put it on her heart to reach teen girls instead. Over ten years later, relatemag.com is an inspirational and robust website that serves as an incredible free resource for girls in their teen years.
Starting in print
In 2006, Relate started as a quarterly print magazine targeting girls in their mid-teens to those in their early college years. Articles touch on many relevant teen topics, from a Christian perspective. When asked why she chose to focus on teen girls, Mary explains, “I was involved in a youth group and I had a desire to encourage and motivate girls who were younger than me. Any time I saw a girl with low self-esteem or struggling to fit in it would just pull on my heart. Those are the kind of girls I had on my mind; those are the ones I wanted to help.”
Over the course of several years, the content from Relate was moved online where it is easily accessible and free. New articles are posted every week and a variety of writers contribute to the online content. From celebrity interviews to effects of peer pressure and positive views of body image, topics are selected to interest and encourage teen girls. Due to Mary’s passion and hard work, teen girls and their parents can get inspired at relatemag.com.