In her recent blog, Becca reminded us that growth can be as simple as saying yes to one thing: Love. Survivor-leader and cafe team member, Angela, has embraced that “yes” with gusto in her time at Thistle Farms. She recalls, “I came in to Thistle Farms with less than 90 days clean, trying to work my way back up. Part of that process was to gain responsibility and accountability. I needed more and I knew that I could do this. In my time working at the cafe I’ve learned that I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for.” Time and again Angela has proved this strength, as she continues to gain more and more duties at the cafe.
Angela attributes her love for her job not only to the community of survivors at Thistle Farms, but to the love she receives from cafe customers: “Café customers – they really care. There are a lot of regulars that you get to know. I know they appreciate me and believe in me. Recognizing that was a turning point for me. The customers here make it so my job isn’t even work, I love it so much. It is because of them that I want to keep learning and improving so they keep coming back.”
Angela will have a new opportunity for learning this summer, as Thistle Stop Cafe introduces its new summer menu. She doesn’t hesitate to say yes to the the challenge, as she exclaims, “the new menu will be exciting! You can always benefit from learning more; You just have to keep pushing and keep believing.” By saying yes to every new hurdle that comes her way, Angela is able to say yes to her healing and herself: “My work makes me feel worthy and valued, it allows me to be proud of myself.” If you’re in the Nashville area, stop in for a refreshing Matcha Latte and Watermelon Salad. It’s sure to be served with pride and a friendly smile from Angela.
Photo by Peggy Napier