By Juwana Jackson
As we prepare for our “Dream Big Experience” on January 23, 2016, I thought it would be an excellent time to share my Big Dream!
About 8 years ago, I walked into the YMCA and picked up a flyer for a women’s book study. I found the title of the book, Boundaries, interesting. So, I signed up. A few days later, I received a call from the organizer. It turned out that I was the only person that had signed up. Ambitious as she was, she asked if I would be okay moving forward with the study. It didn’t matter to me if there were 2 or 20 people. So, I agreed to meet; just the two of us.
As the story would go, we never read that book. Instead, we got to know each other. She struggled with depression and low self-esteem and I was in a good place so I could be a shoulder to lean on. She began to find refuge in our friendship. She would regularly visit with me for counsel and support. We laughed together but mostly we cried. I made the decision that no matter what it took, I wanted to see my new friend free from depression. It was a long and painful process for both of us. But after several months she was FREE and I knew that I had discovered the purpose for my life…to help women break free from fear, oppression, low self-worth, unforgiveness, negativity and all that tears at the soul. I wanted to help women be Free to Flourish.
From that time, F2F has been my Big Dream. As I launch F2F, I think back on the times I felt that I was the wrong person for the task. Surely, there was someone more experienced than me. I recall the times I feared that I would fail. Sometimes, I even feared success. Honestly, sometimes I still wonder if I can do this. But through all of the doubt, this Big Dream has continued to live inside of me and I have continued to live out my Big Dream.