Transformation comes in many forms; some are more obvious than others. But self love may be one of the hardest transformations of all. While it sounds silly, learning to love ourselves is a key component to our success, peace and happiness. The problem is no one really talks about self love. You don’t tell your therapist, friends, etc. the things you love about yourself, you tell them all the things you don’t love and/or wish you could change. For some of us, the things we may not love about ourselves aren’t hindering daily life, but for others it can be crippling.
Founder Julie Shrader’s mission, when creating Rejuvenating Women (RW), was to serve the spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of every woman. RW welcomes with open arms any woman who carries guilt, shame, bitterness, feelings of low self-worth, or grudges. “That is its goal, to help women heal from their past wounds,” Julie explained. Many women today are stuck in sex trafficking situations, suffering from sexual abuse, molestation or rape, abortion, divorce, and drug or alcohol addictions. “One out of every five women is sexually abused…too many women are walking around with that secret and feeling ashamed,” Julie said. By helping women openly talk about their situation with other women who listen and understand, they can start the journey to love and forgiveness.
While some of these cases may be extreme, they are the reality facing many women right here in Omaha. Rejuvenating Women is committed to meeting the needs of women who are hurting, and help them to look beyond their circumstances and past and move forward to a future filled with hope. This local non-profit meets the needs of women through group and individual counseling and women who come to Rejuvenating Women feel a sense of relief and joy after releasing their deepest sorrows without being judged.
Only as the past can be kept in the past and the future looks like one of possibility and hope, can self love begin. Transformation begins with the belief that your past does not determine your future. Letting go of the past is not easy, but thanks to organizations like Rejuvenating Women, healing can begin.
Interested in helping Julie with additional tools and resources? TAGG IT! Visit the TAGG website and view a list of local Omaha establishments participating in the TAGG program. Every time you make a purchase at one of the listed businesses, TAGG it and choose Rejuvenating Women as the charity you wish to support. That business then donates a percentage of your purchase to Julie’s cause. Rejuvenating Women also has immediate needs: if you wish to help another way, the center is in need of re-occurring monthly donors, marketing assistance, gift cards or donated services for hair and salon services and clothing to help the women prepare for job interviews. For more information, please visit the facebook page.
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