Although this may not sound like a big to deal to anyone who has never been on parole, being free to travel without prior approval has opened up doors to me, that I have never known. When I was incarcerated, I was only 16. Too young, or naïve, to navigate my own life as an adult could. The reentry experience for me after 19 years and 7 months incarcerated was really a challenge! Now, twenty-five years later, I have so much wisdom from first hand experience to share with enthusiasm and hope for the future generation. Together with the support of my team, it is on our heart to contribute to our communities. I thrive in returning to others what was not made available to me, there are so many others who thrive in returning to others! We know that we can we empower more girls and women, but we also know that we can contribute to the over all wellness to society at large. Through awareness, empathy, compassion, restorative and transformative practices and a passion to make this world a better place, we can reduce harsh sentencing, we can transform the justice system, and we can do the sometimes uncomfortable work of healing and loving ourselves. Now, that we're back, we welcome you to join hands with us, and to follow our journey of healing from the inside out! To get started, please subscribe to our email list onsite, and follow "I am SJK" on Facebook!
THIS MONTHS MOTIVATION
Friends, there is zero shame in beginning again. In fact, it is a super brave act, to move onward, once again. Sometimes, we may feel a bit forced to begin and start over. Did something end? Was something taken away? Or did you straight up quit? Regardless to the reason, for this re-set, re-wire, or re-calibration, it is a G O O D thing! It is a great thing to reflect on our lives in order to determine; what should be let go? What needs shifting, adjusting, realigning; and where do we need to start over? We may even feel we are doing something for the first time. New things don’t have to be scary. Old things that come to an end, are really just inviting the new-new to begin! Beginnings and endings are a constant. It’s a beautiful cycle, even in nature. The sun rises and sets. The darkness invites the moon and stars to come out. See? Things are truly meant to begin and end. This brings growth.
When we are at the beginning of something, it can feel exciting; we get a do-over! We get to create our plan. We are the architect. It's our blueprint; our game and rules. We draw our boundaries. We can even throw in some glitter in if we want to! In whatever we want to!
So, let’s make a commitment today, to take the deepest look at ourselves, this 2019. Let’s commit to our new beginning and transform ourselves from the inside out this year. Let's evaluate our lives; our decisions. What brought us here today? What would you like to do completely different? What is working, that is still serving you? What do you need to learn? Where will you never go again? What do you need M O R E of?
Thankfully, these are YOUR decisions. You are the creator of your beautiful life. We create our experiences; even the ones that we yearn for. Every moment begins with a single decision. Then an experience. Then another. That is how change begins; from one single moment — and it begins, now!
Thoughts of Beginning Again
It's time to bring __________ into my life.
My soul really wants _________ this year.
My body is really wanting some _______and the best way I can do that is _______.
A perfect year would include _______________ and ______________.
I want to surround myself with _____________ this year in my space.
I want to be around people who are ___________ this year.
I want to stop and see _______________ this year.
I would love to teach someone how to ___________ this year.
This might be the year that I finally try _______________.
It would be very fulfilling for me to be able to _________________ this year.
I do not want to repeat ______________ from last year.
I would be willing to sacrifice to be able to _____________ this year.
I would love to amaze myself and others with my ability to _________ this year.
At the end of the year, I would love to be celebrating the victory of _______________.
With nothing but LOVE,
Sara, Carrie & Sufiyah