Our Remarkable Why
rəˈfreSH/: The ability to reset, stimulate new strength, energy, or perspective, so that something will work again or work in a different way...and we have the audacity to believe that everybody deserves a few good resets. And, here's our why-
Sitting in front of a Dairy Queen in a small country town, my first REFRESH experience happened before I was even aware that the concept existed. For weeks, actually months, I struggled with a change of heart regarding a major life choice. In the safety of the company of my first friend, I confessed an extreme trepidation to going forward with a life decision. At the same time, I felt really-really anxious, that knot in the stomach type of anxiety, about choosing to go a different way. With little lag time in responding, my first friend's input triggered my REFRESH.
"One life," my first friend said. "You only have one life...do what you want to with it." In that moment, it was as if permission was granted for me to breathe, to think clearly, and then to do life a different way.
And then there was her and her too, both had lost their babies at just 20+ days old. Both held those tiny baby boys in their arms as they transitioned from earth into eternity. Their tears and strength have watered the vision and mission of this organization. Both transparently lent their stories and hearts to serve as founding members of the organization.
Representing nothing short of a miracle, another, post s 2-3 week coma in her mid forties, came abroad as well. With an experience of her own, she undeniably understood the necessity of holding space for women to REFRESH.
Have you ever needed that moment? A safe space to breathe, to think, and then to figure out what to do. We believe that each woman needs and deserves a moment to REFRESH. Every now and again, I close my eyes, still inhale my first friend's words, and choose to do life a different way.
A varied hue of women, African-American, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and others reminded us that no one was exempt. Huddled over a stack of papers, doodles, and big ideas month after month, committed women flushed out the early stages of this organization. And the rest, as they say, is history ...yet not really history but our story-our beautifully unfolding story. Through precise experiences, this organization gifts forward REFRESH opportunities to as many women as possible. REFRESH, this passionate 501(c)(3) organization, exists to empower women to reset the rhythm of their own lives. - The Founders
For all women, REFRESH values:
REFRAMING: We value the belief that we can reframe our lives. We can choose to see and do life a different way.
EMPOWERMENT: We value the truth that we are not powerless but powerful. We are empowered to create our best life
SHARING: We value the priceless sharing that occurs in the safe-haven of connection, relationships, and community.
EXECUTION: We value the execution of an idea, into a plan, into a specific and measurable next step.
TAKE-AWAYS: We value take-aways, lessons learned, and “aha” moments. We believe that when we know better, we will do better.
We envision empowered women living their best lives!
We exist to empower women to reset the rhythm of their own lives.
Our Anchor Scripture
It is God who gives me strength, and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:32