The talented and beautiful actress Beth Behrs is on a mission to help other women. Beth co-founded SheHerdPower, a program that provides survivors of sexual assault with a weekend of equine therapy. I didn’t know very much about equine therapy (a.k.a. horse therapy) before Beth’s awareness campaign. Now that I’ve learned about the many benefits of working with horses, I truly believe in their healing powers and the importance of Beth’s cause.
“Interacting with horses, we glimpse nature from an entirely different perspective. A view of the world observed through the unconscious side of the brain. Because horses function from the premise of a herd identity, they see relationships as partnerships and allow us to integrate into the herd. For hundreds of years the horse has been a presence in the creation of our world. They can carry us physically and spiritually into uncharted territory, beyond our everyday worries and distractions. Their innate sensitivity and alertness reads the intention of every thing, including the purity of our spirit. The horse is a symbol of transcendence and we have the opportunity to become the Centaur.”
– The Reflective Horse Foundation
To increase awareness for SheHerdPower, Beth collaborated with Brass & Unity to design jewelry that directly benefits the program. Proceeds from each bracelet or necklace sold works to empower more survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse.
I don’t think I’m the only girl who has a stash of jewelry that sits hidden somewhere and rarely if ever sees the light of day. These pieces weren’t necessarily expensive investments but they were purchased nonetheless because at the time, I figured I’d definitely don them at some point. I keep them around because for one, they’re pretty, and two, perhaps just maybe one day I’ll take them out for a twirl. Maybe. Maybe not.
As you guys know, I’m all about celebrating people who pay it forward. This week’s inspiring post is dedicated to Akola Project, a jewelry brand as well as a non-profit and social business that is empowering Ugandan women.
There are many rural villages in our vast world that are very far removed from the global economy. As a result, the people in those villages suffer greatly from lack of resources and support. Akola took it upon themselves to bridge the gap for several villages in Uganda; it was their mission to empower these people by connecting them to the global economy. They accomplished this by creating a jewelry business powered by Ugandan women who receive fair wages for their craftsmanship. In the Ugandan language, the word Akola translates to the verb: to work. By giving these women jobs, they’re gaining hope, skills and resources.
Although I knew Brooks was the one the day I met him, I had no idea what to expect as far as when and how he’d pop the question. Well… let me tell you guys, it was magical and sweet. We were at home, romantic and relaxed, which is perfectly very “us.” We stood on the deck, watching the sun set over the lake and listening to our favorite songs. Not even for a second did I expect that beautiful, serene scene was about to become one of the most meaningful moments of our lives. In fact, I was so taken aback when Brooks got down on one knee I completely blacked out! It was like a rush of heat and a wave of uncontrollable emotion swept right through my body. I didn’t have any words at first (me! no words!). All I could do was explode into his arms and experience pure joy from head to toe.
Being engaged didn’t truly hit me until I started saying “fiancé” out loud. “My fiancé loves that song. Let me check my fiancé’s schedule. Have you met my fiancé?” It’s crazy! I have to say, being engaged actually does feel different. There is a sense of strength in us, a feeling of being further grounded but most of all, it just makes me really giddy!