This month at HQ brought many discussions about new beginnings: new jobs, new housing, new POTUS. Many of the HQ youth that I have formed relationships with landed jobs this month and were extremely excited about working and financial freedom. Some had acquired housing which you can imagine their excitement and relief. Some applied for the new WELL HOUSE youth house, and I was incredibly tickled to see first hand the work of my husband Travis (Well House employee) and what this will mean for some of these young adults. Safety, opportunity, community and so much more.
I want to spotlight one young gentleman in particular this month as he has been incredibly inspirational and has made huge strides. Malik ended 2016 with many obstacles, but he has truly persevered. He has practiced mediation and pranayama with me almost every week, shared his stories and passions, opened up about his struggles and severed relationships, and expressed beautiful optimism for his future.I invited him to come to EmbodyGR after a conversation we had about friendship and community and he agreed to come! He has now been to two gatherings and I am overcome by watching him dive right in! Seeing that was a confirmation of how powerful this work really is! I am so proud of him and his courage to try something new and practice self care. Which I have come to understand is truly a luxury for so many do not have the opportunity to experience. I look forward to the coming month and working with these amazing young women and men.
“The EmbodyGR community embraces and supports, says ‘yes you can’ when the noisy inner voice says, ‘no you can’t’ – Kari Wilson, Community Member