My poor friends had to hear me whine and cry a lot about trying to understand my journey when it seemed nothing was happening, when I felt I was in the desert, when I felt that I was not getting to live out my life call of helping develop women and girls. There were long seasons when it was hard to understand the vision put in my heart vs. the jobs that were employing me.
The passion started with the crisis in my own life that took me to a definition that I stumbled upon while studying my holy book. The definition of the Hebrew word, Shalom. I shared it in my last blog “When Life Demands Change.” https://emilyjfrench.com/…/11/23/when-life-demands-change/ and I shared my pilgrimage that sent me searching for how a young 20-year-old girl can mature into a woman of wholeness.
The word wholeness became my word, my life goal, my brand. As I came face-to-face with the struggles of other young girls and women it propelled me more and more to learn and to help others on their journey.
The vision of a program for girls that would help them on their journey toward wholeness started in 2005 and my idea for a brand was “Wholegirls.” The first curriculum I wrote “I Am Priceless” was actually title “3Thirds- Looking at the “Whole” Equation.” (You can see I was a bit obsessed with my newfound love, the word “Wholeness.”)
I kept evolving trying new things, trying to offer or partner with people around me to mentor girls or get my program in other’s hands, and NOTHING produced. NOTHING.
Then came a season from 2011-2017, where it seemed ALL my dreams had come true.
During this time period, I enrolled in my Master’s Program in Human Relations, started working at MUTUAL Girls Club, and by 2014 created and launched the vision that had been cultivating in my heart for 9 years. It was called MUTUAL Gold.
After Gold, I moved to Orlando and back, and the next season of five and a half years would be long, dark, and lonely. I felt like Noah.
I was behind the scenes working with designers, creators, editors, partners, and more editors, on The Priceless App, designs for all my books, and the publishing process. And it felt foolish, as it felt like all this investment and time and money were being used up and I didn’t have a demand. So, I felt like I was building an Ark, by faith. Faith in the vision and the dream that I could taste and see, yet had not hit this realm of reality yet.
As different things would happen along my journey, my dear friends would say, “I hope you are writing this down, I hope you are recording the journey.” One day, I am sure I will write the book, but for now, what I hope is to grab your heart .
I want you to see this has been a long road, it has been small steps each day, from reading a new book, to taking a class, to time with others in their pain, to new ideas, new studies, more writing, dealing with myself and my own growth and becoming and continuing to take steps toward wholeness the best way I knew how.
I have always known if people with the same passion and vision could get their hands on the material, we could raise up a new generation of women, that can change the world. I am overwhelmed now to see passionate partners now living out the vision that has been in my heart for 17 years.
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