Whenever I would give someone or send someone a card in the mail, I would write on the back of that card “You Are Loved.” I have seen and read that statement in my own handwriting over 100 times and yet I needed to work on receiving Love.
So as a part of my Building and Adventurous Journey, I applied to attend The Younique Foundation Haven Retreat in Utah, so that I could work on receiving Love. The Younique Foundation host a Free four day retreat for Women who were sexually abused as a child or teen, you just pay for your airfare and travel expenses to Utah.
On Monday September 18th 2017, I was Brave enough and I got on a plane by myself to fly to Utah, to attend The Haven Retreat. Yay!!
Upon my arrival at The Beautiful Haven Retreat this was the first picture that I took.
On my first day at The Haven Retreat I attended a class where I had to break my own pottery and then put my pottery back together again with golden lacquer. It is called Kinstugi. Once, I glued all my broken pieces back together, I noticed that my pottery had an hole opening in it in the shape of a Heart. I thought to myself it’s one thing to put all your broken pieces back together and it’s another thing to have the icky part that was blocking your Heart removed making an Opening so that you can receive Love.
My Heart is Open to Receive Love.
This was a Huge metaphor for me to See and gave me so much Hope that whatever icky thing that was blocking my heart from receiving Love will soon be removed.
My first night at the Haven Retreat I had a horrible dream and I woke up crying at 4am. In my dream I realized the icky thing that was blocking my heart from receiving Love was fear of people not ever loving me unconditionally. All my life up until that moment, I would always focus on the people who did not love me unconditionally and then the people who do love me unconditionally I couldn’t receive or even See their Love for me because it was blocked by me focusing on the wrong people.
Wow, what a Huge and Powerful breakthrough!! I got my journal out and wrote down just three people who I knew that loved me unconditionally. Then I got up and shared my lovely breakthrough with Mrs. Kimberly. Kimberly is one of the night time case managers at the Haven Retreat and she is Awesome.
The rest of my days at the Haven Retreat were very Emotional, Healing, Empowering, Fun, Peaceful and truly Life Changing.
I Am Free to Be Me and I Am Unconditionally Loved. No longer am I holding back my Love anymore in fear of being rejected for Being Me.
I would Rather Live a Life of LOVE, than to have Lived Life without Love. (The Statement is my Life Statement since 2014 and the picture above is a picture from my Art journaling class.)
I will continue to Shine Bright Being Me and receive all the Love and Blessings from God and the People who Loves me unconditionally. I was made for Love, I Am Loved and I will always be Loved.
Thank you so very much to Derek and Shelaine Maxfield for The Younique Foundation. It is truly a Godsend. Thank you so very much to all the Beautiful Staff at The Haven Retreat. You all Rock!! Thank you to the excellent Chef, his wife and Becca, for all the Delicious gourmet meals and for being so accommodating to me for my gluten free diet. Your Love, Care and Support is graciously appreciated. God bless You all Abundantly!!
Mrs. Shelaine Maxfield (founder of The Younique Foundation) and Me. We are just two Women with BIG Hearts❤️ who are making a Huge Difference in this World.
Thank you to all my Beautiful Family and Friends that helped me to raise the Money for my trip to Utah by purchasing my Beautiful Picture Cards and Magnets. Thank you all for being a part of my Healing and Adventurous Journey with me!! God Bless You All!! I Love you😘
(Muay Thai class at the pool house.)
To all my Beautiful Sisters, I want you to know that You Are more Powerful than you Think. You Are Loved, You Matter and You Exist!!! Keep Shining Bright Being You and Don’t, I Repeat, Don’t Ever Turn Down Your Light for No one!!! You Were Made to SHINE!! Lastly, Celebrate Yourself with every Step that you take. You are Worth Celebrating!!
I Love You!
For information about The Younique Foundation go to http://www.youniquefoundation.org
❤️ Charmaine Moore Face of Hope and Beauty