A Giving Heart
“I'd definitely noticed a weight increase and so then I think I just got into a weird funk. I needed something radical. I needed something like this program because I wasn’t feeling like me.”
Before joining the Program, Ashley had been gradually feeling worse and worse about her body image. She had noticed that, over a period of 12 months, her weight gain was leading to feelings of depression and of being stuck in a rut.
Even though Ashley felt like she was just going through the motions, without really enjoying her life, she continued to do so because at least that gave her some sense of purpose and value, particularly in her work in the non-profit and education space.
Then, due to budget cuts, Ashley lost her job and then Covid-19 struck.
Now, not only was Ashley feeling unhappy in her own skin, she was now without the job she’d known for years and had become isolated from family and friends. She struggled with feeling like she was not valuable, consumed with a heavy negative energy that saw her sinking deeper into a place of sadness and low self-esteem.
For a while, Ashley was in denial about the impact her low self-confidence was having on every aspect of her life. She admits to trying multiple diet and exercise programs in the past but would always give up, telling herself she wasn’t “doing it right”. Ashley denies her feelings, stuffing them down so she can appear strong…and as a certified life coach herself, coaches herself out of them! But self-help didn’t help with the increasingly low self-esteem, depression, and panic attacks, and so Ashley knew she needed to seek out more help. She couldn’t do this on her own.
In Her Own Words
Ashley shares her story.
What happens when you have a loving community of women on the same journey.
The End of the Journey, the Beginning of a New Chapter
Ashely truly had a renewed sense of self throughout the program. What she initially thought of as a journey to improve her body image became so much more. Every aspect of her life was impacted for the better as she was able to realize her value and gain confidence in herself.
As a confirmation of her renewed sense of self, Ashley applied to be a model for an open-casting photo shoot in Austin, TX. Just applying to be a model was a big leap for Ashley. It required her to believe that she both: has value to give both inside and out and has a body worth showing off.
Ashley secured the photoshoot! That’s right, Ashley was invited and will model in December 2020 for the session. For this personal win, Ashley gives credit to Julie’s program; with the radiance and life-giving encouragement that Julie and her community gave to Ashley, she was able to give of herself in such a beautiful, self-affirming way.
In other areas of her life, Ashley now realizes that her value doesn’t stem from her image or her work but from the person she is inside and she’s not the only one noticing the change!
“Even my husband was saying, ‘you're just a lot happier’. I was like, was I just a complete monster before? My goodness, but he was just like, ‘you know you just seem happier’. So I think it kind of brought it out - how this program helped, this program came at a beautiful, perfect time for me. I think it was God's answer for me."