“I feel like a kid at the age where they have growth spurts. I was so comfortable in my work before. I did not want to leave manufacturing. I found a role where I was comfortable and confident in what I did. Change is uncomfortable, but necessary. All my life, I’ve had safety nets. Ty and Tracey, the Manufacturing Managers, were my safety nets. My mom was a safety net. I’ve always had someone I could lean on.
I’ve always been a great team player, but never had to be my own leader. I never wanted to think or make decisions by myself before. Someone else always did that. But the leadership at Thistle Farms approached me, and in the last hour, I finally applied for this opportunity: The Storefront Manager of Thistle Farms.
Thistle Farms constantly pushes me to grow in areas I sometimes don’t believe I have the ability to grow in. They have confidence in me, which makes me have confidence in myself- where I did not have that before. God has put the opportunity on my plate where I can grow into a more loving, inviting person.
I’m an introvert, so I’m the type of person where I like to observe rather than interact. I was always envious of my more outgoing sisters, like Ty or Tracey. I never had the confidence or the trust to do that. I always assumed people have ulterior motives to wanting to get to know me.
Coming here, I learned that people don’t have motives. There are very genuine people in the world who will love you when you do not love yourself. I must have the confidence to receive that in order to recover from my past. My lack of trust held back my journey here. Today, I actually speak my mind and claim my space.
Being in this new space, it will help me be more personable, and I’m really excited to warm up to people. Having a community is helping me, too. I know regardless of what I go through, it’s going to be alright. I never have to go through anything by myself. It took me a while to utilize my community. I can finally let it all out and it’s okay. After three years, I trust them..
My favorite part about Thistle Farms is seeing the women come in and transform. They open up like flowers bloom; they’re gorgeous. Women survivors come in one way and throughout their journey, I see them grow into who they are supposed to be. I have to give them grace and mercy. I was once new, too. You have to love without judgement. They’re new to this program. I get it. I want to be there for them. I’m not used to being there and accessible to other people. I used to be so selfish, and it was always about me. I would never worry or have concern for other people until I met my sisters here.
- Kim S.