“Prior to my weekend, I had been in a tailspin. I felt as though I had forgotten who I was 50085479_1983996371678496_6313294070454157312_nand my old way of doing things was getting me nowhere. I was depressed, angry and lonely. Nothing was working for me.

My Weekend was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I am so grateful to the women that got me started with the Woman Within community and encouraged me to attend the weekend. During the Weekend I realized that I had spent the vast majority of my life believing that my needs were always secondary to whatever else was out there. I had years of unexpressed emotions bottled up inside me. I was holding the lid down so tight on all these unmet needs and emotions that I was unable to be the person I wanted to be.

Did I mention how amazing my Weekend was? Of course it didn’t feel like it at the time but thanks to the beautiful, caring women who were there, supporting me all the way, I came out of my weekend with a new lease on life. I found my voice. I learned that it was okay to have needs and emotions and that I was free to express them any way I wanted to. I learned safe ways to deal with my anger and fear.

It’s been almost a year since my Weekend. I still carry the tools I learned and use them all the time. I’ve been working with the women in my circle since and I have a safe place to deal openly with issues that have plagued me most of my life. I’ve become much better at identifying my needs and I have a place where I can talk about them and discover effective ways that I can meet those needs. I am so grateful to be a part of this loving community where I have found so much caring support and complete acceptance of who I am.”

― Judy