Miriam Shaw grew up a pastor’s daughter. Julie Woolslayer, a judge’s daughter. Both grew up with a strong Biblical worldview,conservative Christian family values, and immense respect for education and hard work. Both are passionate about the ministry of motherhood. In the fall of 2021, they met at a school board meeting and realized they were on the same mission: They were two moms seeking TRUTH!
Miriam graduated from Oral Roberts University and had a short career in behavioral health. She then transitioned to pharmaceutical sales and was a top selling pharmaceutical representative. Later, she became a highly successful real estate salesperson for her family company, Shaw Homes.
Julie graduated as an undergraduate from the University of Tulsa and earned a graduate degree from the University of Houston. She had a brief career in broadcast journalism and then focused her time in the health and wellness industry where she concentrated on health education, fitness instruction and lifestyle medicine. Julie was also a small business owner. For five years, she and her husband owned a successful moving, delivery and storage company.
After spending several years focusing on their careers God called Miriam and Julie to the ministry of motherhood. The mom job took priority and both became full time moms. Great education was a priority and both Miriam and Julie wanted their children to receive a solid Christian education focused on a Biblical worldview. In the fall of 2021, they met at a school board meeting where they found themselves aligned with other parents. Initially advocating for medical freedom for students, they later discovered the need for curriculum transparency to ensure implementation of a Biblical worldview. Very quickly they found themselves attending the same meetings and mom gatherings. They decided it was time to take a more active role in advocating for issues affecting the students at their local schools and citizens of their city and state.
Since 2021 they have joined forces with other like minded moms and have been highly active in their local school board and city council races as well as policy making decisions. Along with many other dedicated moms and citizens, in August of 2021 they petitioned city hall and worked with city councilors to vote yes on revoking a city wide mask mandate. In addition they fought to push back against the implementation of the police oversight committee also known as Office of Independent Monitoring. Both Miriam and Julie support our men and women in Blue and felt OIM would be a detriment to the police department and the city at large.
Moms on a Mission supports local business and in summer 2022 was able to help a local business get building permits so they could build and open a business that would hire local people and increase tax revenue for the city. This policy change will make it easier for future businesses to be free of protocols that hinder business growth.
Moms on a Mission showed up in full force in 2022 for local, state and national elections. Miriam and Julie campaigned, supported and worked diligently alongside women and men in their community to elect pro family, pro freedom candidates. They communicated with their local election officials about election integrity, pushing for more election transparency. During the campaign season of 2022 they were fully involved in their local grassroots political movement. From door knocking and making phone calls to hosting and attending fundraising events they made an all out effort to help Conservative candidates get elected.
Moms on a Mission is passionate about health, wellness and lifestyle medicine. Miriam and Julie both understand the importance of healthy living and make it a priority to live a healthy lifestyle. Miriam grew up as an athlete and continues to promote healthy living by eating nutritiously and exercising consistently. She has completed several half marathons and also enjoys playing sports and watching her son play basketball. Julie is a certified fitness instructor, health coach and personal trainer. She has spent over 20 years in health education and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She has been a lifelong runner and has enjoyed watching all four of her children play sports and has helped them to stay active. Miriam and Julie have had the privilege to use their knowledge of health and wellness to advocate for policy change at the state level. In 2022, they partnered with the Cooper Institute and were privileged to work with the Father of Aerobic Exercise, Kenneth Cooper. Moms on a Mission advocated for and worked side by side with state senators and representatives across the state to write and promote legislation to help schools screen students and provide much needed health data to teachers, doctors and health professionals. This important data would be used to provide healthier nutrition programs and more effective physical fitness classes and programs.
Moms on a Mission understands if we are not healthy we are limited in the work we can do for the Lord. He calls each one of us to take good care of our bodies so we can enjoy good health and a long life. I Corinthians 6:19-20 teaches us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.The Lord says we are bought with a price so we must glorify God in our bodies. Moms on a Mission will educate, awake and activate moms about the latest news and information about living a healthy lifestyle. We will share tips,personal testimonies, recipes and talk to experts about how we can live healthier lives and encourage our families to do the same.
During their journey of navigating Covid policies and virtual learning during 2020 and 2021 Miriam and Julie realized they shared a passion for quality education, pro-business policies and healthy lifestyles for children and families. They wanted to understand more about the curriculum currently being taught in our schools and what types of laws were being passed in our city and state. What they uncovered was concerning and led to more research and discovery. It was at this time they determined more needed to be done. More moms, more parents, more people needed to know the truth about what was going on in schools in around the nation.
We needed to start a movement; Moms on a Mission.